Well I guess next time i'll be more careful when wording a question - wow ! But I do wish to thank everyone for all of their input and suggestions - there is a lot of information on these posts so hopefully it will help other guitarists out - once again much thanks to everyone for all your help - peace, Tommy Bo
I just want to chime in with a power amp recommendation that I’ve not seen anyone mention: harmon Kardon citation 16. I bought it locally last month and got a great deal. I just tapped my modded twin and Rivera concert amp, the results have blown me away. Everything everyone says about a Mac and more: very musical, sweet, spanky, sparkly, and clear. It’s an exceptional amp - a lot of the hi-fi forum guys like them more than macs for their musicality.
Maybe it’s not going be totally authentic and they are rare amps, but holy moly - keep an eye out for them. It will not disappoint.