I bought them used, so no worries. Fractal stuff is double boxed so everything looks great on the inside. Mine is arriving today and I definitely need to buy a short XLR cable. I got rid of my mic cables last year in a purge. FC12 for me is overkill, and if I can recoup a few hundred that would help. I kind of overspent to get this and need to pay it off quickly because my wife and I are doing the Dave Ramsey thing. I got a nice deal on a used FC6 that should arrive today. Thanks Leon! Remember the comment on your kitchen sink video a couple weeks ago about selling my Kemper to fund the III? Yep that was me and yep it pushed me over the edge! I've been watching your FC6 video to see what it can do and am excited to dive into it. I figured it out...I had reset the settings, patches, and cabs from the unit as I was setting it up. The patches were still in the memory of the device but weren't showing up in Axe Edit. When I rebooted the device, the factory patches were gone. So I downloaded and reinstalled them from the Fractal site, rebooted and refreshed, and now everything's working (I hope). The cab block is essentially an IR mixer, which is a little different from just an IR loader. In the old Fractal units, the factory cabs were a collection of IR's. Most of them were blended or mixed to suit Cliff's tastes. And you could run a stereo cab and pan both to center to have a mixed IR, but if you raised or lowered the level of one or the other, the overall volume would raise or lower. This makes extra work when trying to blend two IR's. In the new unit, you can have up to four IR's, and when you raise or lower the volume of any of them, it normalizes the overall volume. This is AWESOME, because it helps to quickly make adjustments. If I blend a 57 and a 121 and it's too bright, I just lower the 57 volume a bit and my overall patch volume doesn't change but it gets thicker. Helix kind of can do this with the panning feature, but it's going to be twice as loud in the middle vs either of the sides. That's why I don't really like that workflow and why I wish Helix would have a true IR mixer (I've written about this before) with panning capabilities. The other thing that's different is that the new factory cabs are typically a collection of mics for a certain cab that you can blend yourself rather than pre-mixed. There's no distance parameter but the impulses themselves are (IMO) much better sounding than the Helix factory versions. I'd rather have a few well-placed mics that I can blend myself vs having 20 mediocre sounding mics or 50 different mixes of the same cab. And that's something I am looking forward to with the Axe 3 vs other devices...I can blend up to four mics together, so I can have a 57 and a 121 and a little room mic (maybe even stereo room mics?). In the old world I would load Ownhammer impulses which were pre-mixed (OH1, OH1F, OH1-M+, etc) and then scroll through hoping I find the right blend. Now, I can mix the few mics until it sounds ideal, keeping fewer on the device.