Originally posted by Rock A My Soul
No, you're wrong. There's a clear difference between the two sounds. Tubes are far more responsive to dynamics, especially when they've on the verge of breakup. Solid-state is lovely because it's a great canvas to paint on. However, to tube purists who claim that nothing else sounds good, my answer is: depends on what you're trying to do. If you use a lot of pedals, especially if you get your distortion from them like I do, and if you do a lot of loops, then solid-states are ideal. I love my Ultimate Chorus for my solo looping stuff, but I want a Deluxe Reverb for rock-band stuff because it breaks up much more quickly.
Well, I will agree that when using light overdrive, tubes sound better. They emphasize harmonics at that point that are more pleasing to the ear. Oscilloscopes will agree with me. Oscilloscopes can make zero distinction between clean tube amplification and clean solid-state amplification, and tube high gain distortion and solid state high gain distortion is very very very difficult to distinguish. So, I say that since an oscilloscope, whose only function in this world is to display soundwaves, can't tell the difference, any person that says they can hear
the difference is confusing themselves.