Thanks for the reply John. I had asked about adjusting the gain of the amp itself...which I was told that there is very little adjustment that could be made before starting to alter the characteristics and voicing of the amp.
I'm at work today...but I would guess that another three steps (or at least two) below my (now) lowest position could work. (did that make sense???)
You know...I suppose reducing the input sensitivity may be a good idea. But I'm getting such amazing resolution (from top to bottom) right now with the Bent/AKSA/EdgarHorn TAD combo that I'm not sure how much I'd want to stretch it. I'm hoping that this may be a final evolution to my main system (except maybe a 10Y or 45 amp)...but I'd really rather see if I could get things set up the way they're supposed to be first. Then, if solutions can't be found...I'll pursue the other avenues further. I know this can be a bit of a pain...and I apologies.
Would it be possible for S&B to modify the transformer and add any additional taps? Do they still offer or have any of your mkII? or something else that would be low (or preferably no) compromise?
The trick becomes to choose the taps so that you'll be running in a zone with modest sized steps - this is not hard to do and it is why we came up with the versions that go lower down.
Should I see where I'm at first...and how the bottom should be set up...as if I were (gasp) ordering a new one? Then I may be able to at least see where I'm at.
I know your a busy man...and I appreciate any and all input you can help me with.