Glad to hear of all the interest! And Cymbop, coming from South Carolina is impressive. I think you'll have fun, though. This will be my third year and I'm still amazed by how much incredible gear is set up in so many rooms. It's almost impossible to see it all, unless you truly devoted a full 3 days to it, which I personally cannot.
Remo, I went from solid state to tubes a couple of years ago when I switched to Merlin speakers, which really like tubes. My wallet (and wife) were not particularly appreciative, but I've never looked back and my system is sounding better than ever.