You're really talking about 2 entirely different sounding preamps. Are you going for consistency? Or, are you going for different flavors? That's the most important question you have to ask yourself. I personally go for consistency. But that really depends upon the application. I find I have less problems when dealing with consistency. There are definitely different flavors of sound between my Neve & API & Altec Lansing tube mixer. I rarely utilize the Altec Lansing tube mixer because of its hugely different sound. But if I wanted that tuba sound, I wouldn't hesitate to use the Altec Lansing 1567. It doesn't even come close to the tonality of the NEVE & API. Most of the time, I rely strictly upon my NEVE console. When I'm utilizing my fly pack system, it's heavily laden with API. What I need more inputs on the NEVE, I utilize the API's. But then I have to decide what I want where and why. Some think that the NEVE sounds more aggressive than the API and others feel vice versa. They both can be pushed to the verge of going nonlinear and also to saturate the Transformers. This presents two entirely different textures. And both are great so sometimes, I have trouble deciding what I deem best. You're obviously going through the same thing. It's great to have some variety at hand. And you may quickly learn which one sounds better to you on what. I sure as heck haven't. Simply because your choice and my choice are both quality devices. So I know either way, there will be no loss of quality only a difference in texture, timbre, tonality and it differs from person to person, instrument to instrument, application to application. There is no correct answer. Only the answer in which you choose. You know that variety is the spice of life and one of the many pallets we all simply must have. You can paint or draw with a single color and still have a work of art. Perception is in the mind of the butt holder. So stop scratching and start choosing. It's your only choice.
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Mx. Remy Ann David