Well, talk about full circle(s). I started with a bean, then picked up a L6 Flextone II combo, then a Vox Tonelab LE, eventually ended up with a Pod HD 500, then a Pod HD Pro X, DT50 212 combo, moved on to the Atomic Amplifire, then got the AX8, and now here I am with a Helix. I spent about a week with a borrowed Helix doing the A/B thing with AX8 and came to the following conclusion: I could dial in the same sounds on both, but fell in love with the ease of use of the Helix. Here is where I eat my words. I have said in previous posts people need to get over the more cumbersome programming of the AX8 or just always use the editor. Man was I oh so wrong. I am good with programming patches from scratch on the AX8, but only need about 1/3 of the time on the Helix. Love having more options on the Helix. So my current thoughts are at that at similar price points, I have way more tonal flexibility, routing options, and ease of use with Helix without any loss in sonic quality than I had with the AX8. Snapshots with multiple amps and gapless switching of those amps (within snapshots) is amazing and powerful. To be clear: I am NOT knocking the Fractal stuff. Really great tones. Solid craftsmanship. I do have some issues with the Helix. Despite the nice casing, I feel the knobs are a bit flimsy and I miss the "foot bar" that the AX8 had. I feel the AX8 was just more robust in terms of construction. Bonus for me is that the Helix works awesomely with my L2T and L2M via L6 link. Of course the AX8 worked well with those as well using the analog connection. Still my recommendation for FRFR/modelers. They also double as a decent little PA. Do people like the backpacks? Also, it's official. No tube amp anymore. I sold my EVH III 100w and my 4x12 cab. Over the years I have had so many great tube amps including many Marshalls (even a JMP master volume that I am kicking myself for getting rid of), Hiwatt, Fender, Boogie, EVH/5150, Peavey. Nothing bad to say about tube amps. It was just time. I haven't used a tube amp live in years. So does anyone have any experience with the Chad Boston screen/strip/exp pedal display protectors? They look like they would be decent. Any other recommendations for screen protectors?