I've played tubes for the longest time, until I tried a Quilter MicroPro 200 head paired with a Traynor YCX212Blue loaded with a Vintage 30. What an incredible amp! Solid state, no less, but if there's one amp that could convert tube purists, this could be it. My Les Paul sounded incredible through it and the gain/boost gave it a very natural sounding distortion, nothing like the tinny and ear piercing distortion you associate with SS amps. My Traynor YBA-1 Tribute may be getting significantly less play time now...