I've been demoing plugins all day and worked my way through most of that Kush stuff.
I'm glad you're getting your money's worth out of that subscription. I spent took a very close careful listen to the Kush Neve and APIs. They're usable, and they work. They're certainly not bad plugins, but I'm pretty confident I'm not going to use them - I favored the UAD ones quite heavily one next to the other.
That was the one I was actually looking close at. It was sort of an over-the-top transient mangling. I could see this being useful if you were doing a lot of really creative music, but its not for me right now. I do admit its different. Maybe its because my ears are shredded and worn out at the moment,but this one isn't screaming "Buy Me Now Damnit!".
I'm gonna play with that UBK some more tomorrow and if its as useful as it was today I'll buy a license. I'm always on the lookout for sweetening and polishing tools. Especially for stuff that really shines in a subtle and parallel way.
My thoughts on the hammer is that it was nice, but I swear I'll shoot myself if I buy another EQ. My go-tos for highly musical sounding uber expensive sounding plugs are the Manley Massive Passive, Dangerous BAX, Millenia NSEQ2, Pultecs, API's, and that @bozmillar Hoser XT, because for whatever the hell reason, its super easy to find sweetspots on the Q curve on that Boz plug. Oh yeah, and the other one I've been using a lot is that Chandler Curvebender. I'm not like...refuting anything you're saying. Don't get me wrong. Its really interesting to talk to someone about this, having just spent 6 hours playing with Kush stuff (among some other things). I think the reality of the market today is there's a TON of shit that does a lot of stuff very very well.
I use specialty EQ's. But I'm using them less these days, but primarily because quick surgical fixes are so lightening fast from the mixing desk. The stock EQ's in Nuendo, Logic, and Pro Tools will always map more efficiently to the control knobs on a mixer. But for the EQ's like the Electra (which again I think is very nice), I need to avoid using them in subscriptions, because a lot of little $100 and $200/yr subscriptions add up very quick. I'm already over $1000/yr in these so I need to keep that under control and outright buy stuff.