and hallelujah, I can see the light! Just got back from a private showing of the ETC Eos and Ion. Great boards, very powerful, and leaps and bounds ahead of the Obsession/Expression series. They're not going to replace any grandMAs (or grandMA2s), but very appropriate for an educational setting or long-running production. I think I prefer the Ion, once the fader wings can control cuelists and not just submasters, although many theatre people have difficulty dealing with more than one cuelist active at one time. Up to 12 users at a time can use the Eos, Ion, RVI, CPU, and Laptop running Eos Client software, all using and saving to the same showfile. There's a color picker with actual brand name colors, as well as a visual display of what gobos are in the fixtures. Syntax is remarkably similar to the Obsession. We're going to be seeing the Ion in many high schools and small colleges and maybe even large universities very soon. Run, don't walk, to your dealer and demand a demo of the Ion today!