Espresso makes me happy. Tamping a single spout portafilter without a tamp stand makes me sad. Paying a ludicrous $80 or more for a stainless steel and marble-inlaid, buffed-with-virginal-baby-diaper-soft-cotton tampstand with some bozo logo on it makes me angry. Me without espresso with a rich thick crema from the perfect grind and tamp, angry, makes the world a scary place. I need to not be angry.
Hence, the swooshy blended just-strong-enough it flexes a little to let me know when I'm tamping just right, ABS tampstand. In red, because Rockets have red glare. :)