I have a TC M3000 and a Lexicon 91 and that darn Dreamverb gives them a run for their money. The Cambridge has a realy nice mid and top end - a real nice mastering EQ. Very sugical as they say. And you're right - the Pultec has a great bottom end and the Cambridge isn't too shabby down below either. I have an 1176 as part of my 6176 and you know I'm going to admit that I actually haven't A/B'd it with the UAD 1176 but the UAD sounds pretty darn cool and like they say and I agree - if it sounds great then it is great even if it isn't a perfect copy of the hardware piece. It gets down to one simple fact - the UAD1 is a very powerful collection of tools to take your music to another level and you would have to be a fool not to pony up the money to invest in that kind of power. For less money than one pro compressor like for instance an LA2A - which as you know is a mono unit - you get multiple awesome stereo compressors, EQ's, reverbs and other goodies.The only bummer, at least with Digital Performer, is you have to deal with the delay issue. Maybe someday that will be easier to deal with if MOTU makes that effort. But I do love the UAD plugins - I use them constantly and my tracks smile and say thank you.