It's not YOU; it's the UNIVERSE! Years ago, in a blind amp demo at a Winter NAMM?, the cork-sniffing elite of the music industry chose the ubiquitous Peavey Bandit 112 as the best-sounding amp in the demo! They could not believe that their ears were hearing a solid state amp (by the way, you can watch the demo on YouTube). To this day, the Peavey Bandit 112 still has a stellar reputation, but solid state amps have come a very long way since that NAMM demo. Quilter, Roland, Orange, BOSS, et al, are all hitting home runs with their new, solid state offerings, and for good reason: they all sound great! Don't listen to the cork-sniffing elite; listen with your own ears. What sounds great to YOU is all that really matters. Anyway, my $.02.