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That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out answer, but, what are you wearing when you play that HD300 JCM800?I love tube amps and still have some, but they're not practical. Changing tubes, biasing, must play loud enough to get earplugs to anyone who lives with you even if you have a bi level house. Most importantly for recording, you might not be so lucky to have a tube amp that gives good recording. The best recorded guitar tones came from very small amps, so you have to have a designated small studio tube amp, etc,etc etc, ...And if you're not blessed with studio engineering skills with expensive Preamps to run your mics thru, and you a room with good accoustics, your recording are going to sound inferior to the earliest generation modelers. Does any one really need to add more to this list for you to realise that you will end up playing and practicing alot more with a modeler at moderate volumes or through headphones and some of those sounds can be worth printing to CD. Many guys who do scratch tracks with modelers, endup keeping those tracks, because recording a tube amp might not even get better results in many situations.
The funny thing is when I play my HD300 JCM800, I don't like it at all at low volume, but when I boost the volume, it sounds great. It makes me wonder if Line 6 modeling is actually duplicating this feature. With most Marshall amps, they never sound right until you boost the volume..
.Modeling is great for most who have home studios and a few professional studios are also following suite, why work harder if you can work smarter...?