So I'm pretty sure I'm going with an RNP this week, with leaves me with about $1K for another preamp. I want something that will sound good for vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, snare, bass DI and I'll probably throw some keyboards through it. Would it be wise to get something more colored considering the RNP is described as being so "neutral"? Here's my shortlist, please throw in your 2 cents or suggest other options: Averill 1272 - $1039 Averill 312a - $899 Sebatron VMP-2000e (2 channels!) - $1150 Universal Audio m-610 or 2-610 - used $800 or $1100 John Hardy M-1 Personal - $950 Great River ME-NV1 - $1075 The other option would be to get a 2 channel version of something like the 1272 or the Great River, but that would shoot down my budget for the RNP and I would lose a channel (leaving me with only 6 including the Focusrites on my Digi 002).