I play weekly at my church where we use in-ear monitors and keep the stage volume low. We play a variety of stuff in the rock, indie, americana, roots styles. It's fun! I respect the sound guy who has been running sound for more that 40 years. He's an audiophile purist and is always just a bit critical of my sound. He'd like to see me play a tube amp and REALLY likes Mesa Boogie stuff. I currently run a quilter 101 into a iso-cab backstage with a eminence texas heat in a solid pine cabinet. It sound fine and really saves my back lugging a heavy amp in and out every week. I run a couple of dirt pedals, a trem, reverb and a parametric eq if I can't quite tweak the sound to taste for the week. I mostly play clean or dirty (single or stacked pedals). Guitars are a PRS Mira S2, Mex Strat, Homebrew Tele mostly with some other stuff thrown in when I'm board. At home I have a VHT special 6 ultra and Bugera 22 infinium that both sound great in certain circumstances but don't seem to take the pedals as well, are not as versatile nor portable as the quilter. Plus I've had some issues with the VHT cutting out at inopportune times... Oh, I also tried the Joyo American Sound pedal. Not a fan of that. Option 1 So, the sound guy is pushing tubes and really a Mesa Boogie head of some sort. How's that for versatility? I'm looking for a good clean platform for my pedals. In addition I don't have $1000+ for a Mesa Head... without saving up... a lot... and selling all my other amps. Isn't Mesa stuff kinda more for high gain metal sounds? Option 2 I'm going to drag in my tube amps one of these days to try that for a set up. Any thoughts on making that sound good? Option 3 Then my brother (a major gearhead with many tube amps) tells me that the Stymon Iridium has been way better than his tube amps in a similar setting to what I'm playing. Of course my sound guy considers digital and transistors to be vastly inferior to real tubes. "They all try to get back to tube tone - that's the gold standard - and none of them make it" "Tubes just sound better ALWAYS". So convincing him will be tough. Can the Strymon Iridium do it? I sent him this: He's right in saying youtube comparisons can be unconvincing. Well, that's the situation. Any ideas? Of course I can do whatever I want and the sound guy can grump at me every week and I'll just grin and bear it. Just wanted to reach out and see what other perspectives are out there. Thanks!