Nice!! The CAE 3+ is a three channel tube preamp that was made by Bob Bradshaw at Custom Audio Electronics (CAE). It is called the 3+ because it was a three channel preamp, and the "+" was because it was an updated version with some extra/tweaked features. I played one once. It was a cool preamp. You know, I totally don't get it. I have always been into recording. I remember spending FOREVER setting up mics, running cables, making tweaks...recording a song, and having the guitar track sound horrible compared to the rest, or having too much mud between the drums and guitar. Of course, I was still in the learning phase and am a WAY better engineer these days than I used to be, but still.... Man, when the first POD came out, it was an INVALUABLE tool in the studio. Sure, it lacked in a lot of areas - but, I was a hard rocker. I could pull up a good driven sound, plug it in, and once ALL the other tracks were added, that "lowly" POD sound clear, crisp and a million times better than my cab mic'd in a small room with ONE SM57. Did it sound exactly like my real amp? Hell no, BUT it sounded better in a track than my real amp. For me, having a small recording space, NOTHING makes more sense for creativity than using a modeler. That's why I do. When inspiration strikes I'd rather record my ideas and flesh them out than play engineer. When I do sessions, the "artist" is usually HAPPIER that I am using a modeler because then they aren't paying for "engineering hours". Shoot, I did a session about a month ago where the studio owner/producer/engineer (whatever) already HAD a DI set up for me running amplitube. I just plugged in, we dialed up a sound that worked for ME and recorded my track DI. He and the "artist" would figure out the guitar sound after the songs were DONE. All they needed was my playing. I did some leads/noodles on five songs, got paid and left!! All I brought was a guitar and a cable (I am weird about ONLY using MY cable in the studio, lol). Live? I get the hesitance despite the advantages. Using/switching to a modeler in the live arena is a much bigger deal. We, as guitarists, are stuck in thinking the old way is the best way. Sometimes I MISS the massive amounts of moving air behind me. I STILL feel weird sometimes setting up a box on a stand and running a PA wedge behind me. The amount of attention I get WHILE setting up is crazy. There is A LOT of talk from other guitarists about how crappy I am gonna sound - luckily I know better because it is a serious mind f****ing. Of course, after the set many of those naysayers come and talk to me about the rig. Answering their questions reminds me of the mental block I had regarding computer recording. I could NOT fathom how it could be as good or better than analog recording..... Buut, yeah....recording at 4am and getting a good tone? Awesome!!