I've had and very much enjoyed my HD500X (bought used/demo) for many moons now. It's chock full of good sounds, has an easy to manage layout, rugged, reliable, and workable editing software that allowed me all the tweak-ability I ever wanted. However, since I bought a Mesa Boogie Mark V:25 I've found myself using it less and less. That amp gives me almost all the sounds I need (and then some!) and at any volume I want. So, what happens to the HD500X? This afternoon, it experienced a bit of a rebirth... I took it upstairs to my son's (12) room and ran the headphone out into his 3-piece computer speaker set. Wow! It sounded fantastic in the small space and he was instantly hooked. He's never had much more than an old Peavey Bravo with gain and 'verb to plug his Epiphone SG-copy into before so all those presets at his fingertips was like Christmas in August. To his ears, none of them sound "bad", and each offers something worthy of exploration. Within minutes he had picked out a new riff to write down in his notebook of ideas...creative inspiration from a patch that must've included a harmonizer! Two things: 1. I love seeing gear get a second (or third, or fourth...) life when it finds its way into new hands. 2. What happens to "us old guys" that makes it so hard to just enjoy a thing for the magic it creates (vs. comparing it to all the other even more magic things we've had or could have someday)? I wish I could be more childlike in my musical endeavors. Anyone else?