I for one certainly do not love each and every tube amp out there.We all love tubes
If the amp is any decent then it's mostly about how to dial it in and how well one can play. It's pretty tough to make an amp that sounds absolutely horrible so I usually get impressed when the amp has features or architecture that in someway takes solid-state amp design further. For example, Valve Reactor and T-Dynamics circuitry are very impressive design wise. Implementing DSP to guitar amps was also impressive. Now that everyone does it the bar is once again a tad higher.but has there been a solid state amp that has impressed you?
Indeed. I don't know about the lowest power offerings but above, say, 40W amps in that series have an absolutely stunning clean tone. Far better than that of JC-120, IMO. And not only that, they also have magnificient tremolo and echo effects. Certain old Kustom amps are actually in quite the same realm: Better cleans than in any tube amp I've ever heard, great vibrato (some of them had a real vibrato effect) and a reverb not paling in comparison to certain highly revered vintage Fenders. ...But of course the applications for those amps are somewhat limited, which in turn isn't very impressive.Gibson solid state 2x12 amp (GA100 or something like that) that is just SUPREME for clean.