This is steered toward Les, but obviously I'm open any comments.
Considering that you prefer the HXDA, which is a 50w beast - not for the faint of heart - how exactly do you record it? Where do you typically have the master volume set? Which mics? Cab isolated?
Me and my band of old farts are cutting demo tracks at a nice facility in Indy and I'm having volume issues. We cut the base tracks as a group in the same room, but I will cut my solos separately in a couple of weeks. Most of my tracks ended up being too "fizzy" to me because I brought the SuperD's master below 2:00. The whole time I was working out the volume issue instead of focusing on playing.
How do you get the driving tone and not blitz a condenser or ribbon mic? Maybe just go with a pair of SM57s (1 @ 90 degrees the other off axis at about 45 degrees)? He used a direct box out of my pedal board for possible re-amping but that's going to suck. What do you suggest?