Thank you, everyone, for your advice. At this point I'm leaning towards getting the MS1i's as well as a set of bowl pads to go along with them. From what I'm reading, they may go better with my more blues oriented rock than the Grado SR80i would. I'll probably end up trying out the AD700s or something along those lines at some point when I have a bit more cash, but the Alessandros seem the best bet as my first and primary cans for now. Especially because some posts on the forum seem to consider the MS1 to be more on par with the SR225 than the SR80, and it has been so tempting to just jump the gun on it and get the SR225s given the glowing reviews before reminding myself that I *really* don't have the budget for that.
Edited by Spelaeus - 5/13/10 at 3:04am