You are well spoken. This is why we are friends. A few things come to mind as I read your post. First off. I hate Les Pauls. they do nothing for me anymore. I found that out after I purchased 9 of them in various models. Why be here then? Cause of the people. Secondly, you are too subline over the whole thing. There is no Magic amp. The reasons the "hero's" played what they did was just because that is all they had. There was no choice. Of course there are those that love their 57 Chevy.. Their Betamax recorder, their Zenith CRT TV.. No question about that. However, those items are going nowhere. Well maybe the 57 Chevy has a future.. hahahah Look, there is no mystery here. Sound, either from a live performance or on a record/DVD is all that matters. It matters not what produced it. When you have current technology that more then duplicates everything about a fragile tube amp. Fragile in MANY ways.. there is no reason for the tube amp in a practical sense. Trophy's like the 57 Chevy? Sure, that half stack JMP looked GREAT in my office.