This is a legit question not meant to inflame. Is your interest in modelers after extensive experience with real amps, or is your interest in modelers because you've never been able to play real amps (living situation), or see them as superfluous? I'm sure the older players have experience with amps and appreciate modelers because they streamline things, they are tired of lugging amps to gigs, and they care more about their lower back than they do about "perfect" tone. OTH, I'd bet a lot of newer players haven't logged extensive time with amps and may even view amps as "old" tech. Its conceivable that newer players (< 5 years) started practicing in their bedroom with an amp sim and then gained more interest in playing, so their primary focus has been modelers and full range playback.