Interesting perspectives from everyone, and a few of the usual 'faith-based' dismissals both ways I sold my last tube amp (Marshall plexi) in the mid 80s, for pocket change. Not much demand for them then, everyone wanted the shiny new JCM800s with master volume control... I deeply wish I still had it, but in all honesty it would be a beast to live with for me now - I don't play out anymore, I don't play particularly loud (tinnitus) so I'd have to have attenuators, etc. and all that malarkey. I owned 3 Marshalls over time, all were gigged by me and all worked fine. I also had a couple of SS amps, including a HH combo that was also quite good for home use (unlike the Marshalls) but a couple of nasty ones too. But, when I wanted to get back into playing electrics again a couple of years ago, I fully expected to end up with a low-watt Orange, Marshall or something like that, maybe a Blackstar even, but I wanted to listen with my ears and not my eyes... And I came home with a Katana 50, because that was the one that I just kept coming back to in the store and I realised after a while that I was looking for reasons NOT to buy it because, mainly, it's not a Marshall. But it can sound very like (a small) one, in the applications I need it for. I'm happy with it, it does everything I need (and a lot that I don't, but hey...) - I just mostly use the front-panel controls to get what tone I want and run my DIY Guv'nor clone into it when I'm feeling in a 'filthy' mood.