Thanks for your interesting reply, Simon. I can think of no better way to promote analogue processing than what you did.
Actually on another mainly U.K. site called FADU where I posted the same thread I got a good response so there were forum members at Focus some of whom may well be APUGers but replied on FADU instead knowing that many here outside of the U.K. or countries in Europe close to the U.K. had little chance of getting to Focus.
The consensus on FADU was that analogue seemed to be better catered for than in previous years. Call me an optimist but there have been other signs as well that analogue is attracting more interest. A certain UK magazine in recent months now has articles on analogue when in recent years it was as if analogue was dead.