I'm in total agreement on this one. I'm a plate convert these days as far as reverb is concerned. (When I'm not using a delay for slapback or dry for overdriven sounds.) To me it sits in the mix better and I don't have some of the issues with it that I run into when trying to use a spring simulation. When I'm using a clean tone I tend to go for a "classic country" type sound and the plate reverb actually does the job admirably, IMO. The plate mode on my Boss RV-6 is just perfect for me, though if you're playing surf...spring is the sound for that genre. YMMV and all that.