I would also love to hear some feedback/comparisons from fellow Opus users. Even with the new instruments, I personally cannot justify the upgrade cost (poor college student here [:)] without hearing some sort of feedback from other opus users who have made the plunge.
Judging from the articulations list, we have a more complete product in Opus 1 + 2 in terms of depth of articulations, runs/trills, etc, but SE obviously has the edge in the sheer amount of instruments! However, upon closer inspection, beyond the Solo, Chamber, and Appassionata strings, and the occasional use of Saxophone/Eb clarinet/Wagner tuba for wind symphony pieces, I cant see myself using many of the new instruments. I guess they're nice to have "just incase," but I personally would have liked to have seen more articulations for the common instruments vs more exotic and raerly used instruments. I mean, I imagine I'd use trills or runs far more than I'd use the Oboe d'amore or Basset horn instruments. I'd also imagine I'm not in the minority here.
I'd LOVE to hear the opinions from others who have made the plunge. Is the lack of various articulations make it hard to do mockups? How about the lack of velocity layers?
Honest feedback would be much appreciated. I'm sure VSL would even love to know how to improve their products, if necessary. [:D]