It's my turn...I am selling off all my modeling gear. I have been in the modeling game for a long time, and I have owned a LOT of dedicated modeling devices: - Digitech RP-300 - Korg Pandora 3 - Vox Tonelab Table Top w/ VC-4 Foot pedal - Boss DR-880 Rhythm Doctor w/ G6 guitar processor - Tech 21 Tri-AC (analog modeler) - Fender Cyber Champ amp - Line 6 Pod 2 - Line 6 GuitarPort - Line 6 Pod Xt Bean - Line 6 Pod XT Live - Line 6 Pod HD 500 - Line 6 JTV59 Variax So yeah, that's a lot of tries at using this sort of technology. I should point out that I am and have been a computer programmer, both hobbyist and now professionally since the mid 1980s, plus I have a strong electronics background including vacuum tube theory, integrated circuit design, boolean logic circuits and so on, so digital technology is easy enough for me to use. In other words, not one of these devices as thrown me for a loop usage-wise. My current rig is the JTV59 into the POD HD500 and out to a pair of Tech21 Power Engines so anyone interested in any of that, PM me and we'll discuss offline. So why then am I getting out of the game? I am 56 years old now, and I was raised in the analog age. I remember taking television tubes down to the pharmacy and running them on a tube tester. I loved that! I know how to operate an oscilloscopes, VTVMs and how to properly solder (a lost art) and I have worked on tube amplifiers my whole adult life, both in the Air Force on KC-135A automatic pilot systems and on my own guitar amplifiers. This ancient tech is still my center and after long consideration I am having to admit I don't really need to change that fact to keep pace with the advances in guitar tech. I don't gig anymore, so hauling gear often isn't an issue. If I do go out and play an open mic or a group jam with friends somewhere, I always take my Princeton Reverb and the small analog pedalboard I have, plus a Strat or Tele anyway. I tried taking the HD500 and Variax a couple of times, and it was a very mixed result. Some stuff sounded fine while other carefully crafted patches withered and died in the mix. But my analog rig has never done that to me. If I need more volume, I can hit a simple boost pedal and ride the volume knob, but the overall tone stays constant. If I need more grind, same story with an overdrive or distortion pedal (I have one of each). So there is that aspect but also, I pretty much have settled into a certain kind of sound, namely my analog rig. I just love the way it sounds and feels every single time I play it. Last evening, I sat down to record a few ideas I had for some acoustic oriented cover songs using the Variax and POD HD500. These songs are in alternate tunings and acoustic which is the number one reason I even got the Variax to begin with -- sheer laziness on my part to just retune an acoustic manually lol. In any event, the so-called "ghost notes" have always driven me nuts on this Variax, and although I know that raising the output volume "solves" this, sometimes you don't want things to be loud (like when you sing vocals to keep the song structure right) and last night was one of those times. In the end, I ended up grabbing my 35 year old Yamaha FG-365, putting an old Lace Sensor sound hole pickup into it, tuning to Open E and recording that instead, without the distraction and it came out great really. This sort of thing happens to me a LOT really -- I always revert back to a POG (plain old guitar) and retune after getting frustrated. In any event, since I am currently broadening my horizons by studying some jazz theory via TrueFire, it occurred to me that maybe I ought to just stick with what I really like, stop being so lazy about tuning and just play the damn guitar, instead of wasting all the time I have trying to get some sound in my head out of a modeling device. The problem isn't with the devices, it is with me and my perfectionist ways and for me right these things are more of a distraction than a joy so I guess it's time to just let it go.