... and then the tube amp dies, requiring you to replace the tubes. It never sounds the same way again. I have one of them too. I would not make this claim, but mostly because I never bothered to try. It doesn't sound like my Laney tube amp either. Very flexible, sure... Ha! You only THINK you enjoyed that... I'm guessing that when the first modelers came out, all sorts of unique and valid tones were experimented with but they found that consumers could not relate to them without references to things they already knew. In this case, I blame the consumers. And the marketing department. And society in general. I have owned a LOT of digital gear and the few things I can think of that could not be salvaged included: a) A USB oscilloscope (after 5 years) b) one or two PC motherboards (after several years of service) Now if you are touring a lot and throwing your equipment around a lot, that is different. Since I never go anywhere or do nothin' I'm not as concerned about that.