For years Ive accepted that brand name tube amps = quality. Tonewise thats proven to be mostly (if subjectively) true. It was for that reason I spent more than I wanted to and bought a Fender Princeton Reverb RI. It lasted for almost 3 weeks before I smoked it on week 3. Now Im shopping for its replacement, but am leery (gun shy?) of amps built with PC board. Ive got a Fender Deluxe on the line for 350, but read that its tube sockets being attached directly to the board is a real weak point of construction. Since the amp I seek now will spent much of its life bumping in the back of my SUV going to and from practice every week... Maybe a tube amp isnt the way to go? Or am I just being overcautious after being burned? As a note, my heavy hitter is a '94 Twin which is a 100W of tube roar that breaks my back to carry and my nerves as it bumps and jostles when I take it out of the house. Did anyone else here give up on tubes for their portable amps because of fragility?