*sigh* such is life. I adore my Helix LT. So many tones, and they sound so good. It records FANTASTICALLY well. That said, we auditioned a new lead player tonight. He had a Bugera head, so not top of the line, but tubes. What I've noticed is that every time I play with another guitarist using a tube amp, the Helix just doesn't cut. I've gone direct, I've used a Headrush FRFR, and most recently, have gone into the power amp in on a Katana MKII. The Katana MKII comes closest, but whatever tones I dial in, when put next to an amp with actual tubes, just seems to fade into the background. Playing with another guitarist using a modeler? Works fine. Put it next to tubes? Just doesn't sit as well in the mix. I'm hoping the guy from today comes back - we all liked each other, but it's a bit of a drive for him. If he does, I'll probably try some more tweaks before selling the LT to finance a replacement...but something grab and go with tubes like a DSL 40CR is starting to look like a really good option...especially since I have Native for recording.