Just thought I'd share this 'un w/ U..... ( w/ = with ) Few yrs ago our band was playing at this states premier Summer Festival-on the main stage etc etc.... We were told -"backline gear all supplied" usually meaning a Fender Twin type Guitar amp, decent Keys amp, & Decent Bass amp. (Now I'm a Valve/tube guy from waaaaay back-started w/ my 1st amp an ol' (Australian)Vase Bassman 120-120w 4 x 6L6's...continues to this day-tho I have tried many S.S. amps & hybrids & do Like 'em!) Anyway..... Got there to find an Ampeg 8x10"(YAY I'd never-In my memory anyways- used one B4!!!) W/ an SVT on top!!!! Teriffic- I thought!!! Upon Closer inspection I noticed no 'standby' switch, so I look round back of amp- NO TUBES- just a S.S.( solid state) amp- look at front says SVT350H- Now this was in about 2001, I s'pose & I hadn't heard of this model!! But I was willing to give it a go. Set it up at a volume I'd be OK at for when the band starts............. ( A problem I find I have w/ all s.s. amps is:- set at volume I'd normally use, then when band starts up I have to turn up the amps volume about twice as much. Now I dont have thbis problem w/ all tube amps). ..........After using it for the 1st set(of 3 sets) I decide to go get my old (Aus made) Eminar-1976 ALL TUBE 200w-6 x KT77's - amp & take the Ampeg S.S. amp off the 'frij'( 8 x 10" ampeg 810E)!!!! NOW you should've seen the looks & heard the comments I got-some from the 'younger' members of our band even!!!-"You're gonna use your Eminar instead of an Ampeg????????????" My reply-"yep sure am"- "I like the sound of MY amp & also It's full of tubes & the Ampeg aint!!!" Now I'd NEVER played my amp thru an AMPEG 810E &-rightly too- I thought it'd sound GREAT!!! IT DID!!!!! My old 1976 Eminar-P.A. head-sounds pretty crappy as a P.A. head, but great as a bass amp!!!- sounded FANTASTIC thru the Ampeg 810E & EVERYONE said how great the bass sounded- especially the ones who'd been so shocked I was using my amp instead of the 'hallowed' Ampeg! This is just ONE of my many stories of why I like ALL VALVE amps more than S.S. amps- I did own a cuppla (couple of) Ampeg S.S.'s & Hybrids-SVT3PRO, but after trying MANY more S.S. amps-Eden, GK... I went & got meself ( myself ) a Fender Bassman 300PRO-6x6550's & I'm in MY VERSION of bass heaven. Respect to all who DO like S.S. amps etc... each to their own, But I'll take tubes anyday!!!! Cheers, Rod.