@audiokid , @Kurt Foster , @Boswell , @dvdhawk @Davedog , @pcrecord , @Makzimia @kmetal @John S Dyson , et al ... Have any of you guys ever worked with the Blue-Stripe 1176 (revision D, I think?). I've only ever worked with various Black-faced and Silver-faced 76's; I'm trying to remember if I even ever actually saw the Blue Strip in the various studios I worked at over the years... So, My question is, it seems that the Blue Stripe is fairly-well sought after, and highly regarded. Was there something about it in particular that gave it the rep it has developed over the years? Some sort of sonic character it had that made it different from the black '76's? Or the Silver faced models? Just curious if any one could shed light on this. -d.