Drew, I definitely agree with you. First, modelling does not sound exactly like the originals. The funniest part is that I am the worst critic of clean tones. So much of what I play is high gain that if I am playing clean, it is usually with a lot of chorus and delay. I also play in a band where we not only do 2 rhythm guitar tracks, but also double those tracks with distorted keyboards and record bass tracks with overdrive. I think recording guitars direct with physical modelling gear has allowed me to do is get much more inspired solos down on our recordings. I am not sure why but I think my solos sound better when recorded direct with physical modelling technology than they did when I was using an actual amp. The one thing I will say is that most guitarists are loyal to a fault. I mean hey, if I payed $1,000-$2,000 for an amp I would hope that I was so jazzed about it that I would believe that the amp "I" bought was the best way to go for all of the other players out there as well. Secondly, you are right. It is all ice cream. To each their own, That is the great thing about being a guitar player today. There are so many options at our finger tips to help us discover our own styles and voices. Lastly, I have to agree with you on your final point I do love my Mesa too.