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To begin I have to say, especially now with my new complete Line 6 rig, every time, and I do mean EVERY, I get G.A.S. over a new amp, or new gear.... Which usually happens when I haven't played for a couple of days and I get some manufacturers email, or Musician Friend, Guitar Center,ect.... I can now ALWAYS return to my HD500X and get that tone or better.... I could go way back, but my first Experiance with Tube amos ant trying to achieve that tone that each of us hears in our heads, and in our hearts started with loving the tone on the Van Halen Carnal Knowlege CD.... It hit you in your chest, went thru you, and screamed for days.... Yet also I play a Variety of music from Zepplin, To 80's metal, to Souther Rock, Blues, And Progressive Metal. So gear history pros and cons and my journey: 5150 Combo, BOSS Harmonist Set to Detune-/Detune+ (Best Pedal for opening up your sound that is still a main stay; even with my HD500 X) Rockman Smart Gate, and Rockman EQ BOSS Digital Delay Rackmount Furman Power Supply. And if course a Crybaby Wah PROS: Out thumped, out screamed and overpowered the other guitarist Half Stack Marshall JCM 800 ( He actually got mad that even though he had, in his opinion, the ONLY good gear out there, that my rig nocked stuff off the wall and he couldn't come close....lol) CONS: Heavy, no rack case, wires and cables everywhere, took forever to set up and tear down with the cable mess... And 2 Channels with one EQ (Stupid Design, lead to adding BOSS Graphic EQ Pedal) Tone not quite there believe it or not... Next went my first experience trying to consolidate and expand my versatility Digitech 2120 and foot controller Marshall 50/50 el34 power amp Furman Power Supply All in a hand carried Rack that sat on top of a Crate Blue Voodoo Halfstack. Pros: Multiple sounds and Effects... Easy hookup.... Cons: HEAVY to move and carry Delay in switching presets (even a small delay can effect timing, it drove me nuts...) Mic Recording Next: Finally a tube amp with tone and multiple versatility: Peavey JSX, TC Electronics GSystem And multiple pedals controlled by the System too Two Unique Hartke Built 4/10 Celestion guitar cabinets Pros: Multiple patches and effects all controlling a great tube amp Cons: Custom built pedal board that had to have wheels it was so dang HEAVY and every now and then having to deal with checking for loose cables... Caring a pedal board, a rack, a head and two cabinets Mic Recording Then I bought a Line 6 Ux1 for my PC fir recording and was blown away... Not long after I got rid of my tube gear for: LINE 6 VETTA combo Pros: Almost everything Cons: Tone still not quite there, and in made a HORRIBLE WOOFING bass sound when pushed to the gain levels I wanted.... So: Line 6 Live X3 Power Amp The 2 Hartke Cabs Pros: Great Tones, could just carry the X3 to practice and hook it up through our PA, PC recording with no Mic issues... Cons: PLASTIC!!!! Didn't trust its stability and endurance gigging... Kept it though, still have it... Next: Marshall JVM 410H And my wife bought me a Marshall 1960 A cabinet ( bye bye Hartkes) Pros: Very versatile in tones, scream, thump, clean... Cons: Back to pedals and as the gain when per channel, hearing my effects when bye bye.... Heavy Again and took awhile to hook up my pedal board and geek tones per gig... Finally, and after the long story... I heard about the Line 6 HD500X MADE OUT OF METAL!!!! I tried it.... After a year with the Marshall, I sold it all ( it did look great on stage and did sound good if it wasn't for my addiction to Delays and my Harmonist) Pros: everything and give me that great warm tube tone every time, I don't know how you do it, but even my gear head friend can't tell the difference... Cons: Nothing I bought the HD500X and reall made the jump and bought the increadable LT3 speaker cab/pa, 1400 watts af pure power. If you don't use one with your HD500x you don't know what you're missing... I run one of my guitars that is stereo Electric/Acoustic with the Electric side into my HD500x and the acoustic side into the LT3.... OMG there is nothing I can not do with this!!! Of course I, though pissed off about it after dropping 1600 on a whole line 6 rig, bought the software upgrade... I run Everthing thru this, My iPad thru the ins on the LT3, the HD500x with the Line 6 smart cable, mics too!!! In my studio I run the HD500x into my PC, then thru my DAW to record, then back thru my headphone outs (let's everything come thru and after trial and error works the best) back to my LT3 as a studio monitor.... Long winded I know, but my point is, after a long journey, years of trying, There is nothing I cannot do with this rig, and EVERY time I want something new, I get it out of my Line 6 gear... I have gone head to head with other guitarist rigs and they are blown away and impressed... I can get any tone I hear in my head, And I always finding out something new to do with this gear.... Thank you Line 6 for your years of research to create the perfect rig for such a picky, TUBE enthusiast guitarist as myself!!!! The only thing I think I would love more than playing your gear would be having the privelege of teaching others about your gear... No, I'm not begging for a Job, I'm fine, I am a sales and customer service proffesional and I sell and support only stuff I believe in.... And I have always wanted to work at something I enjoy, and believe in, so if you every need anything, I am so greatful for your diligent hard work for us guitarist, I would love to return the favor... I already promote your gear anyway, lol Thank you so much again Paul Logan