All I can say Doug... is that I bought a GX-700 and spent a year getting more and more great sounds out of it. Jamming side by side with tube amps and recording as well. I finally upgraded to a GT-5 and have been ecstatic ever since! I've compared it to Line6 stuff and found that maybe the Line6 stuff has more useful presets for performance situations, but if you're willing to tweak, you'll be able to get all the same beef, warmth and much wilder stereo effects from the Boss/Roland processors. The midi and real time control stuff is better for the most part than several much more expensive boxes I've owned. It has a few idiosyncrosies but I really love that box. As for looping... Much of this courtesy of Dave Coffin... The delay hold function and Sound on Sound really work great and there's a little trick of copying 5 of the same looping patches across a bank... then changing the od's and mod parameters without changing the fx order... which gives you a looper with delay spillover into the next patch where you might have vastly different sounds... In manual mode you can turn off and on any 5 parameters such as autowah, delay, mod, fx loop, dist etc. David Coffin is another happy GT-5 user as well and a listen to his stuff really shows off what it can do... From what I've heard about the GT-3, I'd say it probably does some great new things and seems to have retained all the other nice features of the GT-5 in a smaller footprint with a slightly different user i/f. I doubt that I'll ever go back to an amp... Miko Biffle "Running scared from all the usual distractions..." email@example.com >>> "K. Douglas Baldwin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 09/16 3:16 PM >>> > Hey gang! I am totally jazzed up on the Boss GT-3 (floor-type FX processor, lists for under $500). I am reviewing it for Guitar World and it is d-e-e-p, like that trench in the Pacific....