Sometimes when I question my pick-ups or start GASing over the fancier OD pedals, I have to ask myself, "Gringo, when was the last time you cranked this sucker up?". I find that playing an amp at the volume at which it's designed to be played really puts my tone into perspective. My Bassman on 3 is fine and all, but when I get it to 5 or 6 (where I play with my band), it's a revelation. With my tweed Champ on 4, it's ok for cleans and good with pedals, but when I crank that bastard up and use my guitar for dynamics of clean and filth, my musical world opens back up.
Even if you play every day, you have to dial the amp to its sweet spot every now and then just to keep yourself grounded... AND so the amp doesn't feel neglected and murder you in your sleep.
"You'll never lose your mind as long as your heart always reminds you where you left it."- Mike Cooley
"I've always been crazy; it's kept me from going insane."- Ol' Waylon