Maybe I'm grumpy because I'm tired, maybe it's the extra stress I've been feeling at work lately, but with the going trend of the various Axe-Fx threads that have come up on our forum, I have to say "who really cares what you think"!!!!! I happen to be pro Axe-Fx, for what I need, it's been an absolute dream and continues to be. If the Axe isn't your thing, that doesn't bother me one bit, everyone likes what they like, that's what makes this world go around, individuality. If you've given the Axe an honest run for the money and it didn't jingle your bell, that's cool with me. If you've used the Axe for awhile and found that you wanted to go back to tube amps, that's cool too, no explanation needed and I'm not going to try and convince you to change your mind. If I were in the same boat, I'd expect the same in return. If you don't like the Axe because you don't like the interface or the fact it doesn't have bass/treble/mid knobs, that's cool too. What is beginning to get under my skin (which is sad to begin with, it's the internet for crying out loud) is the naysayers who just show up to the various Fractal threads just to cast dispersions at the mere idea that Axe could sound anything like a tube amp, how those who like the Axe couldn't possibly have any idea what a real tube amp sounds like, that the claims Fractal makes are false in this regard and how good can this thing be if they constantly release upates, etc, etc and that when a pro Axe user tries to explain their position, they are accused of getting defensive or that the mere fact that they try to explain is proof positive that the Axe ain't all it's cracked up to be. You know what I don't like Strats, I've given them many a fair shake, owned a couple, tried many, they just ain't for me. Maybe I should jump into a Strat thread and start casting dispersions on those who love Strats because I don't like them. Or maybe I should jump into a Two Rock or Komet thread where people are gushing over their amp purchase and many kudos are passed on to question why they spent so much money on an amp and how to my ears it doesn't sound any better than a Fender Twin so why spend the extra $3000+. Or maybe jump into a Tim or Klon thread and question why not just buy a Bad Monkey? See where I'm going with this?? C'mon people it's a piece of gear for crying out loud! Alot of us are amazed by what the Axe can do and alot of us gush over it, why do some people feel the need to just stomp that out?