That's when I think the clarity of tubes come into question. At least for me. SS amps just seem to be clearer, tighter cleaner bass. The distortion affects many things to my ears in a negative way. I've heard many of tubes. Still, I might not have heard the "right" ones..
Definitely. I think bass and detail retrieval are the biggest things lost in tubes. I've heard lots of tubes, and they are all affected the same way with these.
Speaking of incredibly clear and detailed amps, I recently came into ownership of your old CKKIII from SWA. It makes a balanced version seem very very tempting.