Well, after weeks of trialling GPO in both Sonar and Cubase, reading endless posts here in Garritan forums about users' experiences and spending time in both Sonar and Cubase Forums, I finally made my decision. I've saved my pennies and splashed out on.. (trumpet fanfare please) ... SONAR5!!
I have only ever used GPO in Finale so this is going to be some learning curve and I've already posted my first cry for help (expect there'll be lots more .. ooof)
One interesting point is that I made a very polite, respectful and mild post in the Cubase forum mentioning the dongle issues contributing to my choice of Sonar and within an hour a moderator had locked the post .. but not before two replies in favour of the dongle and despite the fact that there is a great deal of frustration in their own forums over Steinberg's dongle policy. I am a one time moderator for Linspire (previously 'Lindows') where competing products are regularly discussed freely. It's the same in these forums, Gary has even recommended a competing product, and posts are not locked by our friendly, tolerant moderators. Still, it's the Cubase moderators' right I suppose but it does gives me another reason to justify my choice.
Anyway, looking forward to the GPO/Sonar experience .. er .. I hope.
Now .. do I have enough pennies left to buy JABB? Let me see .. er .. 1, 2, 3, 4 ...