Yeah, I'd prefer an ES-8 at this point, but shrug.
I am using Ableton for effects. I've got a pretty hefty collection of plugins collected over many years, and I don't think I could ever walk away from them entirely.
It's funny, I've used Max and Reaktor and other software modulars (many times over a number of years) and they just honestly never really clicked with me. It could be the decades of family pressure to pursue computer science as a career (they won! mostly, at least I managed to get into the pixel-ier side of it, somewhat) so when I sit down to make music, I want music to happen, immediately. This is not to say I am opposed to programming for the sake of music. But I seek out really quick coding experiences (tidal, sonic pi, gibberwocky on the computer, teletype and er-301 in eurorack) that allow me to go from zero to music in moments (not minutes, and certainly not hours).
Buuuuut, maybe this thread will tip me over the edge and yank me into Max for real, finally. I keep trying. I'm super impressed with what others have achieved with it.