Dirt Bike Kid... I was gonna quote, but it was too much.
It literally is physically impossible to preform some of the complex cutting you hear turntablists doing because you HAVE to have cut in order to do them. For example, crab skratching. You can't do a crab unless you've got full cut. Even shit like one click flares, or even chirps for that matter sound aweful with no cut. Plain and simple. You can't combo off of it because the sound is too slow when you've got fade on a fader.
Point being, it doesn't matter how fast you are with a fader that fades. It has to cut, otherwise you should leave the fader open, and show your hand skratching skills, as opposed to your fader skill.
And when skratchmasters come to town, they have a ryder that requires them to have a battle mixer, ussually, but not always a Vestax 07 pro, and the table set to the hieght of thier choice. I doubt anybody would try to put Q-Bert or Mike on something that didn't have cut. Old skool DJ's like Jeff, yeah, they don't give a shit about the fader cuz they never had the option..... but listen to the difference between him and, let's say for arguement's sake, Dopey. Light years apart in the skill dept. Don't get me wrong, I love Jazzy Jeff, but he just doesn't compete on the same level as the new guys.
I do see your point tho. I mean, if you're a breaks guy or somebody who won't be supplied with a battle mixer regularaly at gigs, then yes, you need to be able to skratch with a shit fader if you want to skratch. That's where you should be able to pull off some crazy tears and skribbles and shit like that.... Open fader. If you get too aggressive with a fader that fades, you also run the risk of losing your beat on the other side of the fader. It fades on both sides right?
I dunno, I've been skratching for a long time, and I totally get what your saying, but do yourself a favour and learn with cut. You'll learn much more this way, and you'll be able to gain more control of your records than you ever dreamed instead of beating a fader as fast as it can go in order to try to achieve cut.
Check out this website.... It can explain allot better than I can of the different cuts and shit you can do, and what makes you able to do them. Sorry for the long post!
PS> Mike I wanna come and see you about the Rane TTM 56. Do you guys have any trade in deals? Send me a PM or I'll send you one.