So, let me first say, I've watched several videos, read a lot of threads, but I want some real world advice from people here. So here is the deal... I currently run an all tube stereo rig, a KSR Artemis (which has a lot of different sounds, and is very involved as an amps goes) through a Mesa Cab, and a 65 Amps Whiskey Combo with a few pedals (Cantrell wah, Maxon OD, a delay and a reverb, occasional talk box). That being said... my rack type experience is limited to messing with a Digitech GSP2101 back in the day when they were new. Been a plug and play low tech guy most of my life, without a ton of effects. I don't currently record, or play in a band. That being said... amp tone is huge for me. I want to be able to get the Gilmour tones, along with the raunchy balls of Jerry Cantrell. I love some of the Def Leppard tones as well, but also love the stripped down grace of Billy Gibbons. My concerns are... for one, in the beginning I'll be running whatever I get through a guitar amp as I piece together a new rig, that is hopefully more compact and less backbreaking. Two... while the ability to control a lot of things is cool, I do want to be able to have some awesome tones without spending most of my time tweaking instead of playing. I plan on pulling the trigger in the next few days. So, I'm hoping to just get opinions and guidance here without a lot of bickering. I appreciate the help guys. Also, as far as Fractal... the FX 2 XL+ and the AX8 are both in consideration.