Let me preface that my amp was a POS and your tube amp is fantastic and doesn't suffer from any of the woes. And I shouldn't generalize all tube amps the same. It's just bad luck on my part. I have good luck with solid-state amps. Except for I never really blew up a tube amp - hmmmm - maybe I should have before I gave it away. But I did it! I got rid of my tube amp. I gave it away to charity - with a box of spare tubes. After subjectively listening to it, I decided it's got to go. And the charity truck was in the area. I'm a solid state guy from now on. Why no tubes for me. The way instrument amps are designed - they emphasize a "tube" sound which is nothing more than distortion. You can't get rid of all the distortion. Your sound changes depending at what level you're playing at. (Thus why there exist things like "power soaks" so you can get just the right distorted sound at lower levels. Tube amps change their sound over time - you put in new tubes and it sounds different. Most people don't bother to re-bias the new tubes. I've got enough problems with strings getting old. They're not green - they use up a lot more energy than they put out. They're heavy to carry and transport. I didn't like to lug it around. I decided if I need tube sound I can do it with signal processing, but I don't think I need it anymore. Articles that swayed my opinion if you're interested. http://www.gprime.com/proaudio/tubes/tubes.htm (Read this if you're pro tubes and want to feel good about tubes) These if swayed me away. http://www.pritchardamps.com/pritchardamps/tech_talk/db_magazine.pdf http://www.theaudiocritic.com/downloads/article_1.pdf Just one creatures opinions and actions.