My dad (guitarist) recently rented a Line 6 Floor Pod for a month and a half while he practiced and gigged with a cover band. He's got a Pocket Pod that he totally loves and has fun with all the time, and he really liked the Floor Pod at home; recording it sounds amazing and the power of computer tools like Logic made it infinitely tweakable. But! Playing it live it sounded weak, trebly, thin, etc. etc. didn't have the nuts. Now, one could say that was because of the amp/cab he was using, but when you get an 8x10 fridge to play your Line 6 through, and a clean solid state head with enough headroom to make that cab sound nice, that's already quite an expense right there. IMO, Line 6 stuff is the precise opposite of big tube gear, and that makes sense. You wouldn't play a Sunn Model T or whatever really quietly in the studio for recording - those big tubesters don't sound ACE unless you crank 'em. Conversely modeling gear sounds amazing on the album but doesn't work cranked (OF COURSE YMMV). I think we'll see the day of everyone being able to sit at home and crank out studio-quality guitar and bass tracks, but when it comes to drum recording and live gigs there's no substitute for having the authentic gear. In my opinion. Note: In Dave's P vs. Variax thread, I guessed wrong - but that's because I expected the Variax to sound better. IMO, #2 sounded better to me. Am I insane?