Hello. It's been quite a while since I've been a regular poster here. For that matter, I don't even lurk or read here much any more. I used to be on this forum religiously. I am an admitted Axe FI Ultra user. When the Axe FX II and Kemper came onto the scene, I was in a position financially where I wanted but couldn't afford the next generation of "latest & greatest". I read for quite a long time. But, was in no position to buy something else. Over time, the endless debating and arguing drive me away from this place. Fast forward... I got on with my life. In the interim, I have still been gigging and playing guitar. With time and perspective, it has dawned on me that my Ultra still does everything I need it to and then some. It's actually been liberating to realize this. I had spent quite a bit of time yearning to upgrade. My game plan used to be that I would be patient and eventually get something else. But, with enough time, my obsession with tone chasing gave way to more important needs in my life. In the process, I realized that I'm still fine with what I have. The point of this commentary is to reassure those of you who can't presently buy the flavor of the month that the less expensive alternatives can still work for you. To those of you fortunate enough to have the newer stuff... congrats. Seriously. But, everyone really only needs to find something that they can afford that works for what they need and to rock on. ULTIMATELY, making music, having fun, earning a living are all that matter. Keep improving your skills and playing the instrument you love. Peace.