I've spent the last few weeks looking at just about every good quality 1 and 2 channel mic pre-amp available. I'm not kidding, this was one of the most difficult purchase decisions I've ever had to make. Instead of talking to music chains that mostly cater to wannabes, I went to the pro engineers and other project studio owners for their advice. I must thank the members of OSXaudio and Gearslutz for all the help they've given me. There are so many choices and the sky is the limit. The best quality "affordable" offerings were: The Groove Tubes Brick $399 http://www.groovetubes.com/ FMR Audio RNP (really nice preamp) $475.00 (at mercenary.com) http://www.fmraudio.com/productspage.htm The DAV electronics BG-1 $690.00 (direct sale only) http://www.davelectronics.com/index.htm The Universal Audio 610 and 110/Solo $799.00 http://www.uaudio.com/products/analog/index.html The AMI TAB Funkenwerk V78 $975.00 http://www.mercenary.com/amitav.html and the Brent Averill 1272 Single Channel pre $1089 http://www.brentaverill.com/1272/ You'll note that some are single channel pres and some are 2 channel. Beyond this, it really makes more sense to get into the API 500 series compatible racks and lunchboxes. You can buy totally PRO mic pres, compressors,limiters, EQ's as components from a large growing assortment of vendors. Each component generally runs $500-$1650 but these are the finest. API, Brent Averill, Neve, Old School Audio, Purple and so on. The empty racks with power supply run $450-$899 and are all inter- compatible. This is the way I would go if I had and extra $1000 to play with. This also looks like the direction the next generation of engineers will be going since they can literally take " their sound " with them to any studio. After MUCH consideration, I went with the DAV BG-1 I wanted 2 good high quality clean channels for vocals, mic'd instruments and keyboards. This unit is rock solid and is ideal for studio or stage. Mick at DAV was the lead designer/engineer for Decca Records for 28 years. Considering the caliber of DAVelectronics' clientel, I was greatly impressed with how well I was treated. All my concerns were answered in a friendly, professional and timely manner. It's no wonder that word of his product line is spreading so rapidly. I hope what I have learned with help some of you with your decision. My next priority is a great all purpose vocal mic and a good 2 channel compressor. I'll keep you posted.