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Would it sound so different if you removed 75% of that?
I saw them play at ATP once and he was stood in front of the amp stack shouting at the soundguy, 'I can't hear anything! Turn it up! No, UP!'
otherwise all his bands would sound like Dinosaur Jr. oh wait.
"J. Mascis (deemed by some to be Generation X's only guitar hero)"...
But I remember seeing Dino' Jr. and only two amps out of J's enormous, sprawling stack were mic'd up. Made me think that the rest of the amps are probably just made out of cardboard.
here is a more recent one http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o187/guitarpkr76/DSCF0028.jpg
it will take every bit of will power I have not to buy it, this too http://www.tymguitars.com.au/?page_id=4&shopp_pid=2063
Least I have the Tortex picks anyway. I imagine that's about 90% of the sound.
He should take a leaf out of Kevin Shields book if he thinks he needs a rig that big.
And that's only half of it.