I used to have solid state and/or Modeling Amps in the past but when I got my first Tube Amp 3years ago it was game over for the solid state. I'm super lucky to have and be able to afford to play tube amps since. I'm a simple player, usually a nice tube amp with a distortion pedal in front with a bit of reverb and that's it for my sound. At the last two band practices, I've tried out a solid state amp and a modeling amp provided at my rehearsal space to save my back a bit from lugging my AC30 back and forth. The first week was a well known modeling amp and for the love of me I could not get a decent sound no matter how hard I tried. There were so many settings and effects I just picked a clean and added my Boss DS1 and played although it sounded terrible to my ears.... I thought ok, it was just that amp....Well last night I tried a solid state 212 by one of the major manufacturers and it was the worst distortion I've heard in a long time! I went clean channel again with my Boss DS1 and the distortion came out so FIZZY it was unbearable! I turned the distortion down to a quarter to try to lower the fizz and it was still fizzy..... Anyway, long story short.... It is going to be totally worth lugging my AC30 to practice each week after my recent experiences with solid state amps.. This just reconfirms that for me at least Tube Amps are the only way to go..