Okay, I have a question for all of you. Is there anything that compares (in quality) to the Alesis QS8.2.......but is cheaper? My friend who is in the music industry wants an Alesis QS8.2. I was going to buy him one for Christmas. He had a fit and said that he would not allow me to spend so much money on a gift. I found a good deal on one, on E-bay, but I didn't make the bidding deadline. I thought I'd ask the professionals about other similar instruments that would do a reasonably good job, but that might not cost quite as much. I appreciate all your comments. I love this website! You guys are great! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!