What I have found is that the "awe" factor has changed over the years. Consider this - when you first heard somebody playing Carnival of Venice, you probably had the same sort of reaction as every other young student "wow, that's incredible, how can anyone play like that." As you progress, you discover that it is a playable piece (not easily playable, but playable), so the mere feat of getting through it with all the notes intact loses the "awe" factor. At the ITG this year there were some amazing technical performances, yet the players who had the "awe" factor for me were not those that dazzled us with technical virtuosity, but those that played with sheer musicality (for those interested - Ed Tarr and Dave Hickman). Only a short number of years ago I would have put someone like Jens at the very top of the pile, purely for his superhuman feats of technical mastery, yet my tastes have changed. Please don't get me wrong - Jens is a masterful player (nice guy too) who plays with an amazing amount of musicality, but the simple beauty of Ed and Dave's playing blew me away. Jens had me thinking "oh ****, I'll have to work hard to even think of playing like that" The previously mentioned had me thinking "nobody else will ever play like that" It takes something different to hit the "awe" button now, but is definitely still possible.