OK my 2 cents and I was going to avoid some of this..............really.
I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and yes most every guitar player I know and have known that care about sound likes the sound of tubes. Guitar players are not as "finicky" with their amps with regards to tubes as some audiophiles. They will usually get the "sound" they want and leave it alone from that point on. SS amps are also good but from standpoint of maintenance, protability and expense. Most of the jazz players you find and some of the "older" rock & rollers also use tube amps.
The bottlom line on this is their is a difference in sound and it does come down to preference. Tubes tend to be "mellower" in overall timbre where SS tends to be brighter and lets say more piercing in sound. There are definite design differences and reasons for having either type based on music and where they are used specifically in performance venues.
As far as the CLS's, the do produce an amazing amount of bass. I have some recordings with acoustic bass that abosolutly blows me away on the realism and it's ability to reproduce the lower end. On electric bass, which are the same notes as an acoustic, we will ignore extensions on an acoustic bass and 5 string basses here, the difference is how the signal is amplified. An electric bass produces a more vibrant and intense signal which appears either as louder or has been "eq'd and.or doubled to produce more sound. This is done for effect and is not as natural as it would seem. Does the CLS reproduce that, well most of it. Will it give you that chest thumping feeling, no, it will not. It is not phyically capable of moving that much air as a acoustic suspension box speaker. It is by design not deficiency. It comes down to what you are looking for in sound, what you like and what you can afford to get there.
So which is better SS or tubes? It is a matter of preference, likes and dislikes, room resonances, and budget. I have a tube pre and a SS amp. The sound is superb to my ears. Would I buy a tube amp, maybe would it be a "wow factor" in difference, I do not think so and will be in line with the magnitude of money spent on what is realized, nope. IMHO!!!!
Now that was a lot of hot air and only my opinion. No matter what anyone chooses, most of the time it will be the correct, for that time. Remember, this is a hobby and seeking out the holy grail of equipment is not the most important thing but the listening of music and/or sound that is enjoyable and the pursuit of nirvanna I choose.
BTW, I have always had tube guitar amps!