I think B&Ws definitely require just the right amp and setup to shine! They tend to sound more blatantly lackluster than many lines otherwise in my experience. I think its that inherently unassuming "British" tonality they tend to have in spades. They can sound dreary and muddy if not driven right, kind of like the stereotypical British dreary day rather than a bright and sunny one. And, given their popularity and numbers, I think a lot of B&Ws end up running that way, ie, in a mediocre setup and running less than optimally.
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