oh well, one man's trash is another man's treasure. also, opinions are like @$$hole$, everyone has one and everyone think's everyone else's stinks except their's. i personally love them. line6 has done a remarkable job in the emulation/modeling field and as i have to agree that they will never replace tubes, they have afford working musicians the aboility to get like tones of a soldano X88R, mesa dual recto, fender blackface twin, roland jc-120, marshall jtm45, mesa/boogie mark II c+, vox ac-30, and countless others and most of their respective cabs for less than $300. if line6 would give me an endorsement, i'd be on it with no stipulations cuz i love the product. i gave up 5150s for them. as i am still a tube amp fan over digital, the line6- pod in particular, made life simpler. less worries about failing tubes, feedback, noise, outboard gear and mic'ing. i weighed the pros and cons and the pros of the line6 totally outweighed the cons, i know that digital and tube will always be a hot topic for guitarists to debate over time, but i am glad that someone was able to let myself and others a chance to otherwise "own" a $2500 soldano and $1200 mesa as well as a $1500 fender next to a $1000 marshall.