Hi Julian. I posted a question on another forum re my intent to purchase The Tools(thanks for your two quids worth!).Since then I have actually braved replying to Nika. I read where you spoke of how you took a year off to come to grips with the Tools. This is exactly what I plan doing next year, using my own projects as a process, after working hard to do this. I was just wondering, how you are going? I'm not asking you to buy into current controversy, although I do ask in light of the various discussions/exchanges re sound quality taking place.Neither am I particularly asking for further advise. I'm more interested in your own reflections, the more you get deeper in the system. I'm still hesitant about getting a current Tools system (yes equipped with the Sonyplug-ins, getting pretty good on it over a year and damn the upgrades or waiting till their new stuff comes along - which could be ages. I will have to make a move by February at the latest.I will be using Manley and Focusrite front end stuff, with the Rode Classic 11 (hey built here in Australia), the Rode NT and a few Shure's. Not finalised my back end outgear. The only other way I would go is getting a Radar system with an outboard mixer rather than Pro Tools. Whilst we're waiting for Derby County to do anything decent this year, any musings you would care to share, like what works for you, what doesn't , would be good to hear. Kind regards Stedel PS. Good forum by the way! (maybe I'll get a response!). Just kidding. Er no not about the Forum. Honest. It's good!