The note by Kim Flint was very informative. I don't follow the industry real close, but I have recently been in the market and have successfully purchased a used Steinberger Guitar w/Transtrem, so I have been doing a lot of looking, watching and waiting.......I noticed now that Steinberger has come out with a new line of guitars, on Yo music.com or something like that and are selling the new line very cheap w/o transtrem. These guitars are dirt cheap. I mean cheap.....My point is that there is a good chance the Digital Echoplex may be a thing of the past or emerge in some new downsized form. That what seems to have happened with Gibson or whoever reintroducing the Steinberger. I admit, I don't know all the facts about Steinberger, but I am not holding my breath waiting on a new top of the line Steinberger. Face it, the Digital Echoplex is a very sophisticated machine and very deep and appeals to a certain type of musician. How were the profit margins on these things and what kind of money did they make the company. with all the small boxes coming out with the ability to loop for short periods and with effects to boot they must be very appealing to the masses......and profitable to the companies. I have a Korg unit with some looping capabilities I bought because I like Korg effects but After using the Echoplex and a 4 minute Boomerang for quite a long time I don't even bother to play with the Korg looping feature. When I bought the Echoplex, I loved it so much I immediately went on the lookout for a backup. comments appreciated.