I love stories like this. The proof is all in the pudding, i.e. - the tone.
from my many years of bedroom noodling (not a euphemism btw)
I don't know. There's a reason why they also refer to aimless playing as "wanking".
I cant tell you how many times this has happened to me.
I'm using the HD100 head and the POD HD 500. It began to get comical when I set up at a gig and someone would say, "Do you get a good sound out of that?" Or "I'd never use Line 6, its too "fake" sounding".
I fire up the amp, warm up a bit.... then the crowd starts gathering around the amp. They want to see behind the cab, look through the HD100 glass to see the innards of the amp. Then the questions start...
"Did you modify the amp?"
"Who set it up for you?"
"Where did you get the settings?"
"How much did the amp cost?"
"I heard that you can get settings online?''
....All these questions get asked BEFORE the show starts, then.... after the gig..... suddenly those people turn into either your best friend and fan or, like in your case.. mysteriously vanish.
Truth be told, there is something quite satisfying when someone questions me about Line 6, my choice to use Line 6 gear and want to debate on what they've "heard". Nearly 100% of the time I walk out of a gig, without a word to anyone. The gear did the speaking for me.
@karl & bluestone. aren't u 2 talking about the same thing lol. just saw aaron lewis last fri. and his dobrow/pedal steel playing sideman was running a red bean pod. couldn't see it well enough to tell the exact version. boy were we snookered. 40 something dollars apiece to listen to some guy play through a pod. if u get a chance check it out. awesome!
I agree that proof is in the pudding. The tone and getting something you can feel is the thang. Of coarse the song is king. In my area most gear sluts can copy music, but can't write for $#%&.
Many times it has happened to me that tube amp snobs hate on line6. Then they hear my music and they go out and buy line6 gear.