I think their are only two Cormorant owners on here as far as I know.
1. I went from the Gene Cafe to the Cormorant so a big improvement on control, but I also really liked my Gene.
2. I enjoy roasting on the cormorant, your a lot more involved with the roast than on the Gene, and much easier to hear 1st and 2nd cracks.
3. Nothing to dislike from me, I have the 2nd gen roaster. It has recently been updated again, see new website.
4. I opted for the SS, no paint to scratch or chip, although I'm sure the powder coating is very tough.
I also use the roaster as It came, I don't use Artisan, although I might in the future. I'm very happy with the roaster and you get good support from Johan.
Hope this helps.