I play with a 65 AC30 head and cab, and after a tube going down during a gig a few years back, i carry two back up options, and both are compact enough to throw in the bag:
Direct out of pedalboard option:
Mic'd amp backup:
This right here was my thought - make some vids with what you have - share portfolio to pedal builders. This will really tell you if you're a good reviewer. If you're good, they'd be happy to send you loaners to review.
I haven't read through all the responses here, so I may be reiterating something already said, but - and sound quality aside - i think that glare has worn off of this idea of unlimited, immediate consumption. for instance, new album comes out on Friday, and you pull up your Apple Music /...