I was a solid state amp guy running multi fx emulators for years. If you can find a good one and need the portability and ease of use (once programmed ) great. What made me revert back to the old school was recording. I was really interested in the Fractal when they came out. Heard a few shows where they were used. Sound was left a bit short. Where I came from there was a venue with very small stage space. Heard some older acts in there that were Marshall, or Bogner players. One played a 2x12 combo that sounded great. Others were direct with what I have read were Fractal that came up short. Of course the majority of the crowd can't tell the difference. Most people are amazed by a 1,4,5 progression. A friend/producer in the area, used modelers exclusively for guitar work to keep from having to deal with amp noise. To me, the tone in his recording always fell short. May have been better if he would actually run them through a good tube amp. Then again.