Gear is just gear. Yeah, no. Can’t go there. One example springs to mind. I have three EL84 based amps; a Fender FSR Blues Jr, a Marshall 1974X, and a Mesa Lone Star Special. The Fender is a great amp, and I love, love, love the Marshall, but the Mesa is the clear winner of the three. It’s more versatile. It sounds better. Plus, it has shrugged off abuse that would have destroyed either of the other two. On top of that it’s priced right in the middle of the other two. When we moved into our temporary gate digs, I opted for only one amp and that was the Mesa. A while back I took the Mesa into the shop for some new tubes and a general check up. While it was in the shop I’ve got the Blues Jr. out of storage (it was nearest the front and the easiest to carry). I put it in the same spot that I’d had the Mesa in. The very next day I went back to storage (a 2 hour round trip) and excavated until I dug down to the Marshall. Much better, but I still missed the Mesa. When I finally got the Mesa home, hooked back up, and playing I felt stuff relax that had evidently been clenched since I put it in the shop. I have gigged all three and they can all handle a gig, but again the Mesa is the clear winner.