until I play one. Very happy with my Katana 50, suits my purposes well. It is reliable, versatile, and sounds great at any volume. But I plugged-in to a Rivera era Twin and remembered why tubes are magic. Even a small tube amp is too loud for my apartment. The whole tube vs solid state debate for me comes down to: "Can you turn the Master past 4?" If so, go tube. If not, solid state has come a long way. In my experience, a tube amp turned down with a pedal for dirt is a serious misallocation of resources.