I still haven’t forgotten your offer to give me the Mandolin if I’ll come get it. I hope you still have it, but if not I understand. The only reason why I haven’t offered to just pay for shipping is because I’m using it as an excuse to have a beer with you the next time I’m in the area with some time to spare after my meeting(s) are done.
Back to your post, sometimes shiny new toys are worth revisiting. A perfect example is the LittleMicroShift VST from SoundToys. It has done an excellent job of fattening up vocal lines, guitars, and saxophones without the overhead of having to create two additional tracks per “track to fatten,” pitch shifting both, and offsetting both to avoid comb filter effects. Not only that, but their VST simply sounds a lot better than my technique (which isn’t bad either to be honest).
The point is that when I get enough tracks to “release” an album I will do what Lenny did with The Silver Thread (except that I doubt my results will sound half as good as his): lock myself in a room and really spend some quality time on mixing and mastering. And without the distraction of new songs, etc. I should get a nice, consistent mix from the effort.