JazzBlaster wrote:All good points but I think you missed mine, it's all some of us can afford...
Quickly (edit, ha, quickly
), before I post on topic:
I've used this argument before (yours), and it's bull-plop.
1- there are always solid state amps, they don't sound as good when you compare the best to the best, but I've heard SS amps that are better than or just as good as some lower bracket, or similar bracket tube amps.
2- there are still vintage (or quasi vintage) tube amps by less known manufacturers out there that are sometimes made better, sometimes sound better, and are sometimes cheaper.
3- there are still vintage name brand tube amps (fender and the like) that can be had for, again, the same price-point, or close to, if you keep your eyes peeled and jump when the opportunity presents itself. I looked religiously on craigslist, ebay, and the websites of a few local shops, for 2 years for a silverface twin, and when I found it I had to drive nearly 100miles to check it out, but they guy gave it to me for $400.
All you need (for a band situation) is an amp and a guitar that work, and there is an extremely broad spectrum of affordable gear that fits into that category.
On Kustom amps. My girlfriend owns a 400 watt red kustom bass amp (the same one used on Glee if you've ever had the, er, 'fortune', to watch an episode). It's one of the chinese reissues, and it sounds great and was cheap to fix last time something happened to it (which leads me to believe it wasn't an especially difficult fix).
The music won't save you.