You're right...I've been on an amp "buying spree" recently. I came into a few $$$ a few weeks ago and my wife said "spend it!" I don't need to be told something like that twice, so I'm now enjoying the teen years I wasn't allowed to have. It's been a lot of fun.You go through amps like a spicy burrito goes through my innards
Never owned a 5e3 so I can't say for sure this is a accurate comparison but take a look at the Fender Pro Junior. Sounds killer, affordable and you don't have to kill your ear drums.
I think with the attenuator, tho, I'll be at the end of my quest for amps I really, really, really like. Now, I just gotta sell the one that didn't make the cut: the EVH 5150 combo. If you know someone who's interested...
Thanks for the suggestion on the Pro Junior. You're one of my go-to guys here.