Yes!Out of curiosity, have you ever gotten an amp and all of a sudden you have to re-evaluate yourself as a player?
Over the last year, I have been playing a Boogie Mk IV combo and a Yamaha THR-10X. Really, more the 10X than the Boogie and I ended up trading off the Boogie because I felt it was not getting enough use. I really love the THR and can sit it a foot from my face and play at any hour, or stick it another room and crank it. Great tones and easy to play. When I say easy, I mean I find myself always in the groove with this little amp, and although it is a high gain amp, I usually play it on two Brown channels with the gain around 1 o'clock and the master cranked, so it will clean up with the volume knob.
But, lately (and before Ed passed on) I have been on a huge VH kick again. I wanted that old school cranked Marshall sound, so I got into a '74 JMP 50 watter. I also got a WAZA TAE to make it usable at home and to add effects, and maybe even record.
Man, does it sound GOOD. But, man, does it ever show my shortcomings. First of all, it still wants to be played loudly to get the goods. That is fine, I don't mind. I have the THR for late night playing. But, it is a hard amp to play. Very unforgiving, it will show in a harsh light every mistake you make. It has been at least 15 years since I had a NMV Marshall and I have forgotten both how great they sound, and how demanding they are on you as a player. One thing it has shown me in just a day is that I need to practice more. Stuff that sounds fabulous on the THR can sound like a hack fest of clams on the JMP. It is really quite humorous and humbling at the same time.
I was playing through a cheap solid state amp and thought my playing really sucked.
Then I got a 65 Princeton Reverb RI and discovered my playing didn't really suck. It just wasn't much good.
I'm happy to say that after having the amp for a few years and playing quite a bit, my playing has improved tremendously and I'm now mediocre.