There are so many advantages to going all rack. When I try to explain to friends and what not about my gear they kind of look cross eyed at me because all they know are your everyday amps, and here's what I tell them:
When you buy a house, you have two options, buy one that is already build or build one yourself. Building a house, like going all rack, is usually the more expensive option, but it lets you design something from the ground up to suit your tastes and needs, and not what someone else thought was good enough for them. Going all rack allows you to truly design a sound that you want. Allowing you to build every step of your sound, from preamp, to affects to amp, and everything in between, something you can't do with just a single amp head. For example you could choose a Carvin preamp (quad-X) and a VHT power amp (like a 2502), or a Mesa preamp and a Marshall power amp, you could have a solid state preamp and a tube amp, or a tube pre amp and a solid state power amp, so many different things to choose from!!. Going rack really lets you experiment with all kinds of tones never thought of before. Racks are truly a tone chasers and tweakers dream. going from regular amps to racks is like going from Duplo's to Lego Technic! This is why I love racks and can never go back to just playing on regular amps. Here are some examples of why I love them:
1: A lot of Power amps have the flexibility to try different types of tubes.(Simul-Class FTW!)
2. You can use different pre-amps without changing your power amp and vise versa.
3. They tend to sound better at lower volume.
4. Save your settings! no more trying to remember where all the knobs were set.
5. Two words: Midi Switching!
6. Cheaper to replace 1 unit then everything if something goes.
Last edited by Lefty Robb; 10-17-2008 at 04:03 AM.