I’ve been through a strange year myself, as far as gear acquisition and shedding goes. When I started my first true, “adult” job a few years back, I took the plunge into eurorack after 1-2 years of research and pining — started with just a DPO and Maths, and slowly built up from there.
A year later, I had a bigger case, and GAS was strong. Like most others, I was splurging on big, splashy digital effects modules, and something just wasn’t clicking; the more I put in, the less I got out. The turning point for me started around the time I discovered Mannequins and Ciat’s Mobenthey line - those gave me great pleasure, and the former line still does (naturally). One day, I decided that almost all of my Eurorack had to go, save for my Mannequins stuff and a few others I kept in a small skiff. What I desperately wanted was a Cocoquantus and a Plumbutter.
Once I got those two, my methods changed dramatically. I let the PB go last month, as it wasn’t getting as much love as it needed, but I kept the Coco - that one is staying for life. I really credit Ciat-Lonbarde with forcing me to think creatively within fixed architectures, and though I’m now back in the Euro game building a Monome/Mannequins instrument, I’m trying to keep a like-minded focus in that context - maximize creativity/flexibility in a small footprint.