Am I alone here or are their other folks who like to abuse analog or
even acoustic effects? Or will I finally see the light and buy a
laptop to cultivate my very own VST farm?
You are not alone, throughout the 80's and 90's I tried the same. I currently own a few digital pedals and have tried to ween myself from analog many times but I always return. I recently tried with the digitech GNX3 and I really like it but I too noticed the same issues of sounds trailing off irradically, chords crapping out when they should feedback. I have tweeked the GNX and run it stereo through two Ampeg Jets. I can get some decent feedback with this setup but I still love analog....