Well a pair of 6L6 is generally enough for me 8 seems like overkill... I do like to mix amps & do "stereo" , but that's saturday/sunday morning for fun - never at a gig, this would drown me into endless hassles & dyslexia + I really don't need it. I really need to keep it simple at a gig, & not worry - not even think - about the equipment. I backed lot of international & american top guitarists acts, & I never seen one of them go "complicated" when comes gig time. Guitar / Overdrive pedal / 6L6 amp.... seems to work for me. I heard Duke Robillard say in an interview that's his classic setup as well, so I don't really want to look any further, crank any marshall, ride the volume knob, etc..etc.. If you can't sound good on a super/twin on 4; with a strat, tele, or a gibson, you don't sound good period. That's my personal taste (of course, no aggression intended towards ANY other fellow guitarist)... The sound of a cranked Marshall doesn't "get" me anymore. It used to, before hair metal, when guys like Blackmore or Hendrix played them, a long time ago - but even with these, I'm bored with that tone now. But never bored with the typical Fender 6L6 tone, in the hands of a good player. Gets me every time, after all these years.