Well, I'm finally making the switch not only from solid state to tube but from combo to head and cab. I'm 15 and I've been playing for about 6 years, but no gigging yet so I've kept just a 350 combo that serves me just fine for jamming by myself and with a guitarist. I've recently started playing with drummer(s), and I've found that a single 210 combo just doesn't push what I need it to, so I've decided to move up to something I can use now but also something I won't need to upsize for a long, long time. I've played through tubes around the city and have found that I really do love the sound (although I mean really who doesn't), and with a budget of around $1,300 I decided I'd go with a Carvin BX500 and an Avatar B410. Recently perusing TB, I've seen a lot of people saying that the BX500 only really has a tube for the sake of having a tube, and that it really doesn't do much for the tone. I was ready to pick it up because of good reviews and a sweet price, but that little fact has come to somewhat scare me. I'm not sure now whether I go for it or not, I mean I love tube sound but at the same time I have heard that it's a great head anyway, so I'm torn. I hereby call on the wisdom of the TB pros and researchers for help on the matter. Do I go with the Carvin or head in a different direction? I'd like a $500 max but if it's worth it it's worth it, so I could consider something more. As for the details you may need to know before helping me, I play a Carvin B40 (active jazz setup), and I'd like something with some tonal range, however I like to stick to boosted mids, slightly boosted treble and flat bass for the most part. Thanks all! This is an exciting decision.