Originally Posted by mrSlush50
You missed my point. Or more likely I didn't make it well enough. Room size, acoustics, bodies in the room etc. etc.... all play a large part in how any guitar amplification system will sound in any given room. There will ALWAYS be adjustments that have to get made from a practice space to a performance space or from one performance space to another. Or for the same performance space, empty vs. filled with people. Modelers get rid of only one of the these issues. That being the gain setting that can be used on a particular amplifier.
No, I get and agree with that part of it. I was saying something similar - you have to learn how to "hear" so that you can tell how what you play at home will sound at church. My (too wordy, probably) point was that, for me, the modeler removes the amp setting part of the transition from home to big room+PA, and it doesn't sound "completely different," at least not as different as an amp gain on 2 vs 7.
The OP's problem is complicated because of the very different amp settings, and in his case, the amp is actually not contributing to the sound in the house, since it's all coming through the PA. In that sense, it's more like a modeling metaphor, so if he's going to use an amp, my suggestion if figure out how to make the practice at home more like the performance setting; i.e., use the same amp settings in both place, with either a tiny amp, or a way to practice loud (isolation box).