one of my freelancers happens to be a younger sibling of one of the guys from Audience, a manufacturer of audiophile cables. http://www.audience-av.com/cableprices.htm#conductoric check out these prices!!!! ouch... so, as we work together, we got lots of gossip about how her brother was developing guitar cables. she asked if i was interested in getting some to try out, and if so, to give her a list of cable lengths. supposedly at the time, he was giving out the cables to professionals to try out and give him feedback. i just happened to be an interested friend o' the family. so i asked him to make me up some short patch cords for my pedalboard, and a few long ones as well. she warned me ahead of time that when her bro said "it'll take about 3 weeks..." he actually meant "3 months". several months later...hehe...my cables arrived...all individually packaged in plastic bags with literature claiming the sonic purity, etc. of these cables, and with arrows to show the correct direction. so i run home and try them out and they were so crazy microphonic that i couldn't even use them. nice neutrik connectors, though! given the user's list on their website, i guess someone's getting use out of 'em. for me, they are sitting around somewhere... audiophile stuff kinda cracks me up...i'm sure there's something to it, but once you've pushed past a certain threshold, you end up having to sell it to yourself, IMO. "can you hear it? if you listen REALLY, REALLY hard.... can you?" "well....hmmmm....oh wait, yes...no...hmmmm...well, i guess...well...." but hey, since the manufacturers are going to have to sell us all the next generation 48bit/whatever khz stuff in a few years anyway, we'll all be in this game sooner than we know, i guess.