I've been pretty much convinced I needed one of these for the last 7-8 months, but the seemingly perpetual back/pre order status of them at just about any major retailer (or direct even...) and other priorities had prevented me from making it happen. I placed a pre-order for the next batch that Musician's Friend were supposed to get in last weekend about a month ago only to have them push the expected ship date out to end of June. Drastic measures were required so I cancelled the MF order & paid retail + shipping to finally get one in my grasp from a Reverb seller sitting on a stockpile of them. It arrived today in apparently good shape and factory sealed condition: I won't get to check it out until this evening by I'm pretty excited to see what I think. I see an awful lot of people wind up w/ the opinion that these have been their best gear purchase ever and I could maybe see that being the case for me as well assuming it sounds and works as well at the cornucopia of what it does as I'm lead to believe it should Initial impression on quality of build seems great judging by the weight of it and the solid/sturdy feel of the chassis and the knobs and switches. I'd also had the carry bag and deluxe rack ear kit on my original MF order, which they shipped instantaneously at the beginning of May. Seems like a fairly decent bag although it's a bit of a tight fit w/ the knobs/switches on the front panel. It'll probably wind up living in one of my short-ish 2U road cases for additional piece of mind: Anyway, after an extended period of anticipation and delayed gratification I kinda had to post a thread on this one after unboxing it. Thanks for taking a look!