Might be worth me expanding on the reasons I've kept hold of "hardware" and in some cases expanded the collection: Live acts playing Cabbage have very often wanted to borrow: mixing desks, synths, effects units, stands, mics etc. So - I have pretty-much all their requirements immediately to-hand. This still happens more often than you'd think. Similarly, when I'm playing live, I like to use keyboards. Rather than using a laptop and controller, I prefer to use a couple of stand-alone synths. I personally find the Nords especially good for improvisation: I'm able to knock up patches or make extreme tweaks on-the-fly very easily and they're very portable. Most of my "hardware" is keyboards, not modules. The guy I often work with (OVNI) uses no laptop for his live sets. He's entirely "hardware" based. When I work with him, my input is usually 100% improvised, so I find my Nord Lead 3 very useful.