I'm planning on getting a Bass PODxt with the FBV ShortBoard sometime after my birthday next year and I'd like to post some of my questions/observations on POD reviews/comments from this site. Not looking to get flamed by anyone, but just curious on some answers. Also, I have downloaded and read most (the first 3/4 at least) of the manual (it's a great read ). (All questions relate to the xt versions of the POD only) 1. Some of you say the POD is not for suitable for live application, and some of you say it's fine. Logically I'm more inclined to believe the latter group because of 2 things. One, the reviews from that group go into more detail that just "it sucks" and they mention years of real world experience. And, two, because the manual goes into great detail on how to set it up for going thru any setup (which all makes sense: when recording you D.I. to a board, same as live, plus if you turn off the cab modeling, the POD is basically a true preamp, plug into a power amp and go...). 2. Every review I've read where someones gotten great tone from the POD, they've also mentioned that it took a lot of tweaking. This question is to all of you that say you can't get a good sound from the POD: Did you read the manual past the "I don't need a manual" page, and did you spend more than one day trying to get it to work. 3. One final question, this one on modeling accuracy. A lot of you say that the amp/cab and effects models suck. Where you looking for a replacement for the real thing? No model will ever be the same as the real thing. Never. There are just too many real-world variables (line 6 comes right out and says that in the manual to). I'm buying one for the sounds IT will produce and not as a replacement for something else. It's just like the V-Wah I own, I bought it for it having X number of DIFFERENT wah's and not because I wanted a Dunlop, a Vox, and a Morly but didn't want to pay for all of them. Trust me, if I wanted a CryBaby wah, I'd damnwell go out and get one. Just like if I wanted an SVT, I'd go out and buy it.