Hi there. I know a lot of people are probably over this kind of question, just like monitors....but this ones a little specific and I've done a lot of searches and homework. I want someclass A pre's. The budget is around the $2000 mark with room to move either way. I'm after cost effective spending here: max return of quality for expenditure, I guess you'd call it bang for buck OPTION ONE - THREE or more seperate pres. One I want to be clean and quality. I was thinking a Grace of some sort. the second I want to be coloured and most likely with toobs. perhaps two channel would be good. I was thinking Sebatron, they're local to me down here in OZ. last at least I want one or two inexpensive pre's that still sound quite darn good, for extra live tracks. I'm thinking a GT Brick or two. OPTION TWO- ONE unit of MANY PRES. the JLM TMP8, as recommended by Kurt Foster, and like the Seb, made pretty much next door to me here i n OZ (saving on duty etc). This gives me eight great pre';s which at least I know I like the sound of...I've heard it in action on two recordings thus far. Also VERY portable. But would it be odd to use all eight the same? My experience engineering in recording studio's has usually entailed a Neve desk or SSL or other such...which are all the same pre anyway in the desk. I'm trying to look at this option in the same way. Then I could add later different colours.. So they're my ideas. Please give me yours. I really am not bound by the above, and am REALLY open to everyone heres opinions, even if they are far from my own. Like I'm hearing about some REALLY cheap Neve copies around the sounds like another option... Please understand... due to the nature of the net, I prefer experienced opinions. If you have not tried or owned a pre and have just read reviews...then please go easy on highly recommending it. at the same time, all opinions are very valid, just please let me know if its an experiential recommendation, or one based on hear-say. Both are fine. Vielen Danke. Many thanks. & merry Christmas all!