New Effect Day.... worthy of a thread imho. Grabbed a brand new in boxes, still sealed, Roland VB-99 and GK-3B pickup for less than a grand! Modelling - I've embraced it, I use it for amps, pedals, rack gear, studio reverbs and compressors, pseudo-analog synthesizers, and even own a variax electric guitar that can, sometimes, be very believable and inspiring (yet at rare times it can be an uneven and unpredictable POS). The VB-99 was a BIG investment, but I'm currently most excited about the bass and amp models. I haven't tried it yet but have heard some insane demos that are so convincing that nobody would be able to tell that it isn't modelled unless you're looking at the bass (specially so with the great amp sims and fx running as well). My first decision will be deciding if I'll mount it on my fretted ebmm sub 5, fretless ebmm sub 5, or fretted carvin bunny 5. I'm leaning towards a fretted axe for now since I only own one bass gk pickup for now and specifically want the fretted j, p, and rick tones. I'm not sure I'll care for the stingray tones since my subs do that better than many 3 band stingrays do LoL, but we'll see. Here's my main worry... imho the scariest concept about great gear modelling is how it can make some of your REAL gear obsolete.... like my vintage amps, all gone now, and my hollow body electric guitars and 12 string acoustic... all gone due to my variax guitar ..... ..... What if I find myself having to choose between keeping only my carvin fretted or ebmm sub fretted basses with the gk pup on it? that's a decision I don't look forward to making. They're SUCH different instruments, both brilliant, and while the sub seems so simple compared to the elegant and brilliantly engineered Carvin BB-75, the Sub speaks to me, plays so well, sounds so incredible... boring to look at (all charcoal/black), but just an excellent instrument. Or stranger yet for me - what I find that the VB makes my sub fretted bass obsolete by installing it on my carvin? What if the VB stingray tone is so good that I don't miss my sub? I think that's unlikely since my sub tone is perfect imho, but what IF that happens? It would be a strange mental state to find myself in. So here's a question I pose.... Has anyone found this situation with a v-bass or vb-99 or variax replacing a instrument so well that it gets sold... even though you thought it was a keeper?