I'm in the same boat, it took me years to find what I really like. I like a lot of diversity in an amp and I only want a couple so I use them more. I boiled it down to 3, I have a Mesa TC100, Carvin X100b from '89, and will buy at some point a Marshall toned amp. (Most likely a Plexish Ceriatone) I have no place to try all the amps I would like to try so it took awhile. (And a tone of dough) I'm also way to picky and won't settle for close enough, but that's my bad. Once you get your core amp that does most of what you want, whether it be Mesa, Marshall, Peavey, you can keep your eye peeled for great deals on used stuff cheap. Amps from the 80's - 90's like Carvin & Peavey bring no real $ and are awesome amps once you find the ones you like. I'll bet I'v blown over $5000 trying to find "my" amps, I hope this helps keep your money in your pocket for other toy's. Hang in there my man, it'll happen, it'll be painful... but it will happen.