Fair enough but sometimes some peoples "good enough" tones are better than other people's "I won't settle for less than the best tones". In fact I have been playing for 40 years, probably 35 of those through tube amps. Dabbled in the modelling years ago and went back to tube amps. Now... Modelling all the way, better tones through my current setup than I've ever had through tubes. I was pretty hard set on the tube amp thing for a long time but I've opened my mind and have never been happier. Crazy flexibility from song to song is just a bonus....
This is the part about modeling that drives me away!
Don't get me wrong, this is art and it's all personal opinion and taste.
They advertise "A gazillion amps for a fraction of the price" but shouldn't be our goal to have "our tone"? Just one?
I mean, I play in a Soul/Funk/Rn'B covers band, an Iron Maiden Tribute and also played in a classic rock act until recently.
I use a 2 channel amp! That's It! I use "my tone" to play every thing.
The way I pursue tone is like this:
I have an imaginary guitar in my head that sounds a certain way.
Sure, a little more gain or cleaner for different songs, but the basic tone is the same.
I'm pursuing that tone to play every thing with it! And I'm 85% there by the way
I had a POD XT some time ago and I ended up using only 2 models. One clean and one with gain.
It was awful because ever PA was different forcing me to tweak!
Then I decided that I needed to have my own reliable monitor, got a powered speaker. But that is the same troble to carry around as a real amp! LOL
So, If I use only one amp model why the hell would I buy a box full of copies? Just buy the real thing and of you go!
The other thing I have against digital guitar gear is that all the menus and options to tweak distract me form playing. I hate every thing that makes me spend more than a minute tweaking instead of playing.
That said I do have a M9 in the loop for time and modulation based effects. I think this unit is genius in the way that is laid out. It does not distract me from playing. I don't even have to press "save"!
Do I think it sounds like the original pedals? Hell No! But I use the effects so low (parallel FX loop) that it sounds good enough for the job and it saves me from trouble with a lot of patch cables and big pedalboards, so it actually let's me focus more on playing than individual pedals