Some of you might have read my thoughts on the Axe & KPA on this forum. I sold my Axe FX II partly because its fiddly editing GUI. It sounds great, but the KPA sounds just as great, only different. Although the KPA isn't even close in terms of effects. I've had the KPA for close to a month now. I've done some thorough A/B testing, profiling, gigging, rehearsing, recording etc. I've come to the conclusion that I will return the KPA and get a full refund. It came down to two things for me finally, and to be honest, I could have told you this before the KPA was even conceived. I like gadgets, and I desperately wanted to try both the Axe and KPA. After my time with both these two units, it'll probably be many years before I look back in that direction, and this is why from my perspective. #1 - How many amps do you really need? I have a few at home, and I find myself using mainly two of them, one for sound, the other one for convenience. I'm sure there'll be 10000000 profiles within a year or two, but what's the point? The profiles remain two dimensional in regards to the "real" thing. Wading through a bunch of profiles, like you can do straight out of the box on the KPA, leaves me cold. I liked a few, the rest was just fluff for me. The keyword is convenience, nothing else. Nothing beats having a real amp in the studio, which you can alter, and mic in different ways. Now, what if you require a Fuchs/Dumble/... and they're out of your reach? Tough luck? well, it's not the amp that makes music, so get you favorite sound out from one of the amps at your disposal. Everyone else has been doomed to do that before the dawn of the digital era. I do not personally require tons of different sounds from the amp, so the KPA is really redundant from the outset. It sure worked great on the gig, and saved my back. I might buy a new amp now that the KPA has left the building, but that would be just for the sake of having another sound at my disposal, just like another preset in the sea of presets. #2 Effects - Combining fantastic amp models with great effects is kind of like nirvana to most of us who hang around here. Well, with the amp models out of the picture (read #1) I turned to the effects, which I worked in detail with for the past week or so. They are good, but not great. Once again, everything about the KPA, is about convenience and ease of use. It's very quick to dial in good sounds, and alter them on the fly, on the gig. It gets the job done in flying colors, no doubt about it. To be fair, the KPA isn't marketed as a great FX unit, while the Axe partly is. Needless to say, the Axe FX is leaps and bounds ahead of the KPA FX-wise. The next natural Q would be, do you need all the bells and whistles? I don't, and especially not at the price, where basic operation becomes obstructed. Yes, I know that I should have lived with the Axe a lot longer, to overcome the slow start, but I've had that discussion in another thread, so I'll leave it at that here. Conclusion: If I'm only going to use 2-4 profiles, and then mostly use the KPA as an effect unit, it's simply not worth it, and quite frankly, the effects aren't even close to what I can get if I go out and buy a selection of boutique pedals, which is just what I'm about to do. I'm not here to rip on any of the units. Both the Axe and KPA are incredible pieces of gear, they just don't fit the bill for me, and I'll go back to pedals, but leaving the rack effects behind for now. Many of my gigs for the past 6 months has been with electro acoustic guitars (I own three Godin Multiacs). It's a waste having the best amp profiles on the market, which I don't use, and then coupling the acoustic guitar with effects that aren't optimal. I can get a better sound, and that's just what I'm about to get. The gigs that requires electric guitars will work fine on my Mesa amps, or fender depending on the type of gig. Well, that's my story. Everyone's different.