1 giffenf 2 weeks ago I wasn't playing much guitar in the '80s, so I never had a reason (or the money) to build a rack system. Some would argue I still don't have a reason.Ironically, it all started with a desire for a small, portable rig that would take advantage of the ever-improving modeling technologies on the market these days. It didn't end that way. After delving into it and feeling underwhelmed by the available tones, then looking at equipment I already had but wasn't using because it wasn't easy to gig with, and preferring to not spend too awful much money, I decided to see what I could do with what I had, and the simplest approach seemed to be to put it in a 10U rack. But by the time I was done, 10U wasn't big enough, so I had to go 12U. And along the way, I learned a lot about MIDI and using it to control hardware, and I ended up with what I call "Count Rackula." It was several months in the making, but the name came to me around Halloween.I have some misgivings, given that Proteus advised me against at least part of it, and I hate to do things that make Tavo cringe too much. But I have to say, it does what I envisioned, it does what I want it to do, and it sets up pretty quick. And it's on wheels, so as long as there's a ramp to the stage, it'll do fine, and if not, some lifting will be involved, but it's still lighter than my old Rivera amp. Essentially, it's a Roland VG-99 (the mother of all multi-effects units), a Roland GR-55 guitar synth, and Bias FX2 running on a MacBook out to an iConnectAudio4+ interface, and all 3 into a Behringer XR12 mixer and then out to a Quilter Tone Block and a Quilter 1x12 cabinet. Except for the Behringer, I already had all this stuff. The cab sits on top of the rack, and it's all controlled via MIDI by a Roland FC-300 foot controller and my iPad. I already had the 300 and an iPad, and if it hadn't died and needed to be replaced with a new iPad, this project would have been cheaper than the Rackabilly. There are some additional components that facilitate its functionality, but those 3 noisemaking devices are the heart of it. And I can now play pretty much anything I ever wanted to. Except well.Packed up (except for that red MIDI cable) and ready to close: Ready to roll: I forgot to shoot a picture of the foot controller, but it's inside that red box in the 3rd picture.