((I'll warn ya - here' some under-caffeinated opinion...)) I'm kind of in the same place as far as not being that satisfied with progress. Last year I was disappointed by not finishing on time, but I was really happy with the outcome: I think mostly because I spent time on the build mostly when I felt inspired so I got a lot of fulfillment out of taking the ideas I had and implementing them. The problem is that inspiration is really something that kind of comes and goes. Sometimes I can just get started working and then the inspiration hits me, sometimes not. We have plenty of time to work with on this challenge, if progress is not happening I would not sweat it. In fact - if you have ideas you really want to do in a way that is going to require more time/inspiration than what you can find in the next 6/7 weeks - I would suggest to just keep going with whatever progress you can make and don't worry about the time limit. In the end, what's going to matter is whether you implemented your ideas in a way where you got out of it what you wanted... We'll love to follow this thread with great interest no matter what you choose my friend. It's about making a great instrument with cool ideas, finishing on time and making demonstrable progress is a bit of a convenience as it's not going to happen (nor should it) every time.