Originally Posted by Josh
Well, he gets solid sound examples & secondly, maybe there's a reason for them sounding so similiar.
Seriously....you've got a 1001 amp manufacturers. A majority of them are using similar & in some cases, identical building formulas & it's hard to distinguish this manufacturer's sound from THAT manufacturer's sound. Most are clones of the same overall product w/ a different nameplate.
This reminds me of the whole name-brand shoes vs payless shoes branding thing. Using the same components, there's only so many ways to make a shoe. With the exception of a few high end brands that really stand out above the rest, a shoe is just a fuckin' shoe no matter who made it. Look at how many Nike & Reebok clones there are that are every bit as good as the namebrand & for way cheaper.
Same applies to the amp world. With the exception of a few groundbreakers, it's all essentially Marshall, Fender, Mesa & various clones of the same designs sprinkled with a few new options here & there to set them apart. Although tube amps sound awesome, it's mainly variations on 50+ yrs old designs that just sound GREAT. How much further can you really take it? Most companies don't even try to do anything different because the existing design sells great as is. They repackage or re-issue something that will sell.
And lastly, maybe I'm a bit jaded, but the gearwhore in me has owned/heard/played a lot of what's out there. No matter what amp you play through, you are still going to sound like YOU. This guy is a guitar player, but I'm a firm believer that a great player is going to sound like themselves through just about anything they play through. The only variant is what amp has the features you want to enhance what you're already doing.