Well I spent some time at the Expo in Louisville but concentrated on just a few brands Exmark, Toro, Scag, Grasshopper, Deere. First of all Exmark had the largest best stocked testing area around. Almost every model was there to be tested and we had a great time trying the different models. The most impressive thing was the 35 hp Vanguard which will be available on all withs of XS models next year. I liked the mower and was impressed with the power of the big block but its a big mower. Probably too big for most of my lawns. The 35 Vanguard had noticeably more power than the 29DFI Kawasaki. Yes we drag raced them several times and the Vanguard would leave the Kaw sitting. Not saying its a better engine just that the raw power was very noticeable and it was smoother than I thought. Exmark was very friendly telling me about the Trition deck and the changes in store for 07 and how they had addressed problems with Northern grasses. The off set decks still bother me to some extent. Scag had such a small testing area as such a small selection of mowers that I really didn't learn much except they are rougher riding than the Exmarks. John Deere had an obstacle course for riders even though I'm impressed with the deck the rest of the mower didn't really catch my eye or alt least didn't appeal to me. The small front tires on them also concerns me. The standers were pretty impressive though (Deere). Grasshopper didn't seem to have a testing area but I was REALLY impressed with the new type of suspension seat. I would say that will move them up to being on of the better riding ZTR's. They need to spend more on promotion. Indoors the Exmark booth was well stocked and they were right there to answer any questions and very helpful with any problems and concerns previous of future. A gentleman by the name of Anthony Rowell regional sales manager from Brandon, MS was very helpful for Exmark. I went to the Scag booth which was laid out nice with a mirror under a tilted turf tiger to show the bottom very well and they had a turf tiger with a small Kubota but they could not tell me the Hp or torque of the engine. I stood there for what seemed like an eternity waiting at the counter of the Scag indoor booth to get service but ended up having to tug on one of the reps who didn't seemed to know much. So I learned nothing at the Scag booth except that the striper seems to be easy to put on and remove (good idea) and that they have a small Kubota mounted in a turf tiger that I still know little about. All in all very comfortable weather and nice exhibits.