I've seen a couple of silver 1178's for sale on Ebay, usually described as a stereo version of an 1176. Sounded pretty intriguing, except that recently on one of these forums someone (sorry, can't remember who, but I think it was someone heavy) said that the 1178 in no way sounds anything like an 1176. The implication was clearly that it was an inferior beast. Cool, I thought, that is, until I was checking the mercenary website and saw an old (1996) Mix article written by Fletcher which sez: "The 1178 is a stereo/dual mono version of the 1176 with single controls." Fletcher does say it has it's own distinct character, and calls it "very useful". So, anyone else want to weigh in on this? Also, anyone remember who it was or where it was that the negative criticism came from? I wouldn't mind rereading that post to refresh my memory.