When I could possess MORE sounds of the orchestral on a home PC. I was talking to someone at working about how technology has revolutionized music creation and he, coming from typsetting background (Xerox) agreed although he did lament that we've sort of lost the artistic aesthetic in all this. I think he meant more professionally. things can be faster and cheaper than ever before. I do think that the impact of this can be witnessed in the film scoring field more than anywhere else but that's another topic for another time.
I just received my Platinum Pro XP set today and I'm blown away by the sounds. But I'm also having a ball with Vienna Ensemble and I'm getting more out of my VIenna SE than ever before. I own a load of plug-ins to the point that it would take more than a month to go through every patch and sound I have. It just amazes me.
Anyhow, I was sort of reflecting upon this as I wait for my Platinum Pro to be loaded onto my PC on this quiet evening.