I bought the AwardSession JD10 for recording in the early 90's and it is the best equipment purchase I ever made. It has served me as a preamp for guitar and bass, a boost/OD/dist in front of various amps/pedals and a direct to desk "amp in a box" with its speaker emulation. I bought a POD when they first came out but it was like a toy compared to the JD10 and put me off digital for a long time. As for amps, too many to mention including a 60's non top boost AC30 and a '65 JTM45 as well as various Fenders, Peaveys, Boogies, Carvin, Cornford and a Sessionette 75 which is the only amp I still own. Never owned a digital amp. A few years ago I needed a simple plug and play device for acoustic and electric duties in a silent stage touring band and chose the HD500 which actually did a very good job, then replaced that with a HX Stomp which was even better. I did some dep gigs with a function band recently and set up a few patches in the Stomp without the cab emulation straight into the fx return of my Sessionette. I was blown away by how good this simple setup sounded....as good as anything I've played through.