Musicians love tubes, but tubes may not be a mandatory part of the equation anymore.
I love tube amps as much as anyone else, but through my experience having toured using tube amps I can confidently say there are downsides. In this video I go over the positives and negatives of tube amps and tube gear and offer some helpful alternatives.
If you want to know what gear I use to sound like the best version of myself, here are some links (if you buy through these links, amazon gives me a percentage):
My Kemper Profiling Amp: http://amzn.to/2sCJKIA
My Slate vocal mic: http://amzn.to/2uXT2iZ
My drum mic package: http://amzn.to/2t0RG5K
My electric guitar strings: http://amzn.to/2uEIC8n
My acoustic guitar strings: http://amzn.to/2sD6UOG
My Tele pickups: http://amzn.to/2uXUEt9
My overdrive pedal: http://amzn.to/2tCXQKY
My delay pedal: http://amzn.to/2uXYqml
My tuner pedal: http://amzn.to/2t0QZcE