Just picked up a Roland Blues Cube Hot a few days ago. Originally I thought the price tag was steep for an SS amp. But now that I have one, I realize why they are the price they are. I've had my Princeton in the shop for over a month now & have no idea when I'll get it back. Apparently around the Houston area, there only a very few amp techs which causes such delays in repairs. So whenever I do get it back, it's going up for sale. To a casual bedroom player like me, having to worry about tubes going out and having maintenance done is not worth it. I would much rather have something reliable and worry-free such as an SS. I'll take the ever-so-slight difference in tone if that means I don't have to wait 2 months for a fix and shell out around $200 each time to have it repaired. So as much as I like playing through tube amps, the peace of mind with SS amps outweighs the tone. And BTW, check out a Blues Cube Hot when you get a chance.