Anytime I buy something and I'm captured in the moment (because I do watch the walkthroughs and know what sounds I'm going to like) I can easily use it in that moment, but if the playability isn't there and I have to work to get what I want (easier with something like pads, but more difficult with solo instruments or special articulations) then it may never make it off the drafting board. Also some instruments come along that are seriously better in the sound quality or playability department that makes me upgrade.Anyone ever force themselves to using something because they paid for it?
But the good news is once you get to try a lot out, you realize they are just tools to get the job done. You do want excellent tools, but finding them is a journey in itself. I told myself for years the SCS string sound was too synthy for my ears, but now that I got a deal on them I realize they are perfect for much of my work. Replacing many other libraries that I use to think were as good. They are just so easy to play. Layered with other libraries (like CSS) works well too.
Now I feel I have a good workshop of tools, and it's on to making the music. Perhaps with a specialized saw or micro tools to add in the future. I just think hearing other peoples mistakes might help us to skip over the 6 dozen or so libraries I had to go through to get to stuff I like and can use long term. Assuming tech doesn't radically change in 2026.