I agree with you Jman. I replaced my 17 with a 16 and have not looked back. But, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to do away with the tubed 17 and go to ss. Tubes in a preamp are not a hassle and the sound is simply sublime.
I also am taken in by the 17ls, almost bought one yesterday. I have not found an affordable tube unit (that I can actually audition) that I like as much. Thought I should research a solid state option as well.