John Hardy M-1 Sebatron VMP 200e API 512c Langevin DVC With the exception of the API after lunch box power supply these pres are around the $1500 range (for 2 channels) give or take a coupla hunerd. 1 - Strickly "quality" speaking (i.e. depth, sonic range, detail, etc. - not "character" speaking) are these pres in the same class as Buzz MA 2.2, GR - 2NV, Manley Dual Mono, Cranesong, etc. If yes, why are they cheaper? If no, in what ways to they lack comparitively to these higher priced pres? 2 - My inclination is to go with 2 channels of John Hardy for acoustic guitar, piano, and violin. I'm looking for clean but mellow with a little character. What would be a nice 1 channel "character" pre for vocals that would compliment the Hardy (or any of the above cleaner pres) for around $1,000?