Okay, I'm going to express some unpopular opinions. 1. Tubes aren't magical, and anything they do can be replicated in solid state circuitry. That said, creating a solid state version of an existing tube circuit is very difficult, while copying a circuit that already exists, is easy(ier) - and that's why we keep replicating classic tube amp circuits and reissuing them. But if you can get a great tone from a solid state circuit then you definitely have a better product. 2. Not every tube amp sounds like every other tube amp even if the schematics of those amps are identical, and not all solid state amps sound or respond the same, so this consensus that all tube amps sound better than all SS amps is clearly nonsensical on it's face. The notion that all Dumbles sound great is evidence that people's notion of value is directly linked to the price, scarcity and reverence shown an amplifier. Which, I guess should be self-evident. 3. People salivate over vintage gear even before they know what it sounds like, and conversely, they decide they're going to swap the pickups out on a cheap guitar before they even hear them. So there's an obvious prejudice that outweighs individual sense (because they haven't even invoked their sense of hearing) and their individual subjective criteria (because again, they ain't heard nothin). There are a lot of CBS teles out there with crappy pickups but it's blasphemous to call them crappy. If you don't like the neck pickup of a 1966 Telecaster, keep it to yourself. 4. One of the most compelling parts of Fender blackface 'tone' is the reverb. A lot of talk overemphasizes the importance of the underlying tone. Really great reverb can make nearly any guitar sound ridiculously professional. Buy the pedal. 5. The second most distinctive aspect of the Fender blackface tone, in my opinion, comes from the speakers. But you don't need to spend $1.5k to get there, a Jensen or a Weber California can brighten up your tone when you're feeling too Marhsall-y.