So a few years back I had a little epiphany when I got my first Les Paul and my first Marshall (Ceriatone) amp. The epiphany was I can do far more with the volumes and tones on my guitar than I ever can with a multitude of stomp boxes. I'm still there, sort of, but recently I had an opportunity to play a gig using my Deluxe Reverb, and I got a DLS to run into it since we were playing some covers that needed that MIAB tone. And I've had another epiphany. I still prefer the "straight into a cranked Marshall" approach. To me, when that amp is on, with a decent OD (I use a Fulldrive 2), it is magical. But there is an inconsistency to the tone. Some days it's great. Some days it's meh. Some days it's in between. It's always "good enough," but for whatever reason, cranking it up has too many variables for consistency in tone. The DLS into the Deluxe, on the other hand, is perfectly consistent. And since the pedal plays well with others, I can run my Sunface into it and get a multitude of tones, just like running the Sunface into the Ceriatone. I'm honestly at the point where I am considering selling off some amps. I don't want to be hasty, but I can't remember the last time I played my AC30, and I don't play the Ceriatone out as much anymore either. If I sold those two, I'd have the DR and a Mesa Express 5:25 1x10. I can't imagine I'd really need more than that. In any event, there was a time I thought getting your base tone from pedals was cheating. Pedals have now gotten so good, I'd rather have the consistency of an analog pedal into a tube amp and get excellent tone at any reasonable volume than chase magic (and irritate sound men) by turning the amp way up.