I love meeting people and try new gears. but I've never tried something that made me go "I want this!". well yes once, se-5 I think but I'm not even 100% sure, I was so drunk that I never acted on it. (my drunk decisions usually not being the brightest ones). if anything almost every time I could try a bunch of gears, I felt like I was fine with my stuff. also half of my audio decisions come from answering "how much does that hiss?". and you can't really test for that at a noisy meeting. so yeah, to me meetings are super cool and a great place to discover gears and say "wow this device sucks!". about not being blown away, I guess it's all about what you already experienced and your expectation level. also I feel like people with an objective mind replace their gears less often. is it because they bought something proper from specs, so bad surprises happen less often, statistically lowering the need to change? or is it more of a state of mind, as being more skeptical we usually don't follow sirens riding unicorns when more trusting people might just jump every time? or objectivists like gingers(evidence provided in south park) have no soul, so we don't notice the special energy coming out of some holy devices? everything is possible.