I agree and I am not so intoxicated (yet).
To my mind, the simplest way to make a decision on a Distro other then Ubuntu Studio is to identify what apps it has that are non-standard to Ubuntu Desktop, and then pursue one of two options:
Seems like a no-brainer.
- Set up VM's through Virtualbox, VMWare or other, take a Distro and install and add the requisite tools and try them, or
- For Debian-based Distros, use a Live USB scenario with Persistence loaded and do likewise?