I, like many others, enjoy watching articulate drummers on YouTube. With Neil Peart gone I've found myself cyber-stalking Stewart Copeland, former Police'man' and "articulate drummer." But this thread is not about him. Sunday, whilst viewing old footage of the Police recording on Montserrat, Stewart was fumbling around showing the interviewer his rack (even drummers had racks in the 80s). It was then that I suddenly felt so nostalgic for the 80s. I remember slobbering over Clapton's rack rig, designed by Bob Bradshaw, and thinking that someday I'll have a Clapton Strat, half-rack of effects and a Soldano amp stack. I can certainly have the strat, and Soldano is building amps again, but the rack is no longer relevant...or doesn't seem to be. I know Fractal does the rack thing and others do for limited items that thrive in a rack (compressors and equalizers), but rack mounted effects have mostly disappeared from magazines. Art, Ada, Digitech, Yamaha, BBE, Boss, Rockman and Roland all had delays, reverb, distortion generators, etc available as rack mount units. They're mostly pedals these days. As an adult male who now has the means to own a toy or two, I can own Strats, Teles, Les Pauls and I can buy blackface Twin ReIssues, Deluxe Reverb ReIssues, Vox AC15, even a Marshall JCM800 ReIssue (bless Marshall for finally figuring that out). The rack mounted craze is likely lost. Too bad. We have pedals, and this is a great time for pedals, but I miss seeing all those rack effects ads. ...and stereo hifi equipment, but that's another post.