The 386 seems dull and muddy to me. The best application I ever found for it was running from the preamp out into my direct guitar rig, back into the 386 and through it's converters.
You can get a lot of things for $1000.
How many channels do you need?
For acoustic based pop I'd think you want something more clean and neutral.
For one channel you can get a Hardy.
Sytek will get you four channels for aboout $800. Not as great as a Hardy but pretty darned good and a steal for $800.
RNP isn't exactly colorless but it's not exactly highly colored. 2 channels for $450 or so.
I think you cna get 2 channels of Grace for about $1,000....that might be a good way to go.