Good to see the Queens getting some lovin'. That new album ("Lullabies to Paralyze") definitely deserves more attention than it's gotten. On a semi-related note, I don't know why, but it seems like most people I know aren't as into the new System of a Down album as they were into "Toxicity." Kind of mind-boggling.
On the other hand, I have never gone from kinda liking a song to absolutely loathing a song faster than I did with Matisyahu's "King Without a Crown". Ugh.
Why's that? I actually like the song quite a bit, although most of it is for the guy's voice (which emotes so well and is just incredible). By the way, has anyone heard "Shake Off the Dust...Arise"? The songs are wildly different from their presentation on "Live at Stubb's," in particular "King Without a Crown." I'm not sure if I like the album yet, but it's definitely an interesting listen.
i would recommend seeing what you can get used. i know guitar center has used amps, and more local mom-and-pop type places would have even more. however, i do think you're going to run into trouble with your budget.