I confess, I'm not quite sure what I mean by the question. From another thread, it occurred to me that tube users seem pretty sonically happy. So I'm wondering if anyone stopped using tubes because they decided they just did not like the sound. (That is different from "got tired of changing/biasing tubes" "too hot for my room" "changed back to solid state to get huge power" and such practical reasons). I'm also feeling "tried a cheap tube amp and didn't like it" is a different kid of exception. I had some tube amps back in the day from my uncle, may he rest in peace. They were great, but one eventually burned while driving a large woofer which was being used as a fruit bowl, thus causing the fruit to jump, much to the amusement of the variously intoxicated and high attendees at the soiree. The other...I forget what happened. And heading off to college, solid state replacement (NAD 3020 IIRC) was more compact and far more affordable and low in S/N. Later I changed to receivers and the same factors still hold, though I still think about tubes. P.S. Why is the poll so weird? Well, somehow, even wiping cookies, the site wouldn't let me post the thread without it.