>I really enjoyed the flexibility of Max combined with the portability of >my Powerbook. About the only drawback was that the resultant sounds >lacked the complexity of "real" strings. The folks at CCRMA claim that one DSP board driven with SynthBuilder can run a physical model of a 6-string electric guitar. Given that David Jaffe is working on it, and given what he did with stringed instrument synthesis 10 years ago, this should be incredible. If you've got an old PC laying around this might be worth looking into (the PC doesn't do the processing, so a 486 should do it).