Much though I adore my school's Strand 300, the shortcomings have finally cut up with me. [email protected]&# Strand Speak. There really is something to be said for training people on what they'll be using in the real world. As such, I feel confident that I could walk into most every US theater and run, say, a focus... on a Strand 300 console. Probably most related Strand boards, with a couple hiccups (500, LBX[if I got the name right], etc.). However, when people expect you to know ETC Express(ion) syntax, then things get a little troublesome. Having clunked and clanked my way through part of focus, I felt sore at having so little Express time, and so much Strand thinking. Rel, Rel. The concept of "Save that light", the Patch Screen, how to navigate the soft menus, and even physical location of buttons are not the easiest concepts to grasp OTJ. Schools should be buying used Expresses coming off the market.