I know this forum shuns line 6 products with the exception of maybe their wireless stuff which is pretty darn good! I'd like to share my thoughts on the line 6 pod hd500x. Before I start I should mention when I started playing guitar in 2003 I bought the first spider modeling amp. since then I've owned or own several Mesa amps (sold or traded them all) a couple of fender amps, orange, Laney, phaez amps, rockitt retro plexi, and my number one amp a metro JCM800 2203. I'm in a cover band playing everything from Hendrix and zeppelin to sublime to GNR to halestorm and everything in between. I could pull off most of those times with my JCM800 but the cleaner stuff is always a bit dirty. Then I stumbled across the hd500x. I'm running it through my jcm800 right now and using the 4 cable method. So when I'm using an amp model from the Pod the JCM800 preamp is bypassed. This works well because the pod is still being powered by a great power source that still gives me touch and response from the amp. Believe it or not the dual Rec model sounds better than I remeber the dual Rec sounding. The plexi is almost as close to the real thing as you get. And the cleans all sound great! The effects alone are worth the price of this unit. I know there's a big difference from line 6 modeling to tube preamp but if you don't want to spend 2k or more on digital gear, give line 6 a try. I would never spend that kind of cash on a digital piece of equipment. I've heard keeper and played through one and it sounded good, but not good enough for me to sell all my amps and go direct. The way I see it is in a cover band you need versatility. They're not your songs so as long as you get close to the tone and in some cases hit it right on the nail, nobody is gonna know the difference. With my original band that's a different story, my tone is jcm800 all the way with some bassman cleans thrown in. I'll post some videos of my gig next weekend of my band covering very different styles so you can get an idea. Most of the videos on YouTube are direct to a recording software. Thoughts, experiences and opinions are welcomed!