[[Actually, it would be surprising if the patches DIDN'T sound similar. I think you are correct. I was surprised at first but after some thought realized that we all have certain preferences and even if were skipping from amp to amp well probably still be looking to tune in the sound we like. In my case I think this tendency might be amplified (pun intended) because I was trying to emulate the original bass sounds on the tracks we were covering (at least to my ears). [[A plus is that patches that sound very similar solo may play VERY different to a given tune - which really is the only way to check them out I agree which makes waiting for the next opportunity to try it out with musicians very difficult. [[imited experience but consistent results indicate pod patches don't translate well to other players. Whether it's gear, taste, application, or limited exhange I don't know. The V bass seemed the same way. Not sure Im following you on this. [[There is some consistency in terms of models players find appealing and maybe even some of the stock patches, but it doesn't seem to narrow down much beyond that. Between players I agree but am curious if other POD users found themselves drawn to similar sounds from different models. [[Anybody have quite a bit of experience with either swapping patches or finding ones off the L6 library useful as is? I havent gotten to the stage of downloading patches. I know the opportunity exist is it free? Would love to know more about it and how it works. Is there some thumbnail preview of what the patch is about, etc.