On the subject of nice-looking MIDI knob boxes, the Reflex Audio Sonia Xi has been properly launched at NAMM. It's $135 for 12 knobs and 5 buttons. The man behind Sonia is James from Retro Thing (forgive his occasional lapses in taste). Reflex also sell the very cool HardSID - a PCI card based on the C64 SID chip, and the Analog Collection - a sample CD featuring pretty much every (mainstream) cool analog synth. It's normally $29, but you can get $20 off if you buy one before NAMM closes on Sunday night - use the code "musicthing" (lower case) in the coupon code box on the order page.