26 Brian_66 7 months ago Another part of the equation no one has brought up yet is one's playing ability. Do you get to a point in your playing ability where you can justify the nice gear? I guess a lot depends on the music you play most often as well. In my case, I'm currently playing mostly cover music in a local garage band with a few overdrive pedals. Once all the band audio gets mixed in, I doubt average listeners could tell the difference between a great tube amp verses a fuss free, less expensive SS amp. But I absolutely love playing some Shadows or Venture instrumental covers in the basement by myself with good gear at low volumes. I think that's an environment where both my playing ability and quality of gear could shine ... though it would seem a little self-indulgent to add a $1500 amp to that equation. But if I'm willing to pay that kind of money for a quality guitar, why shouldn't I do the same for a quality amp?