Ah folks, a long long time ago when I was endeavouring to do what I could in my own humble way to help RO continue to be a "kick-arse" forum I was the Moderator of the now apparently defunct Failight Forum. I used to like the personal touch up here, so I'm totally impressed to find that unilateral decisions are made without adequate consultation...ah well, that's one way to succeed I guess. Anyway, back in those misty times of long ago I started an Australian Embassy post on the Fairlight Forum. This was because of several postings, flames, and attitudes up here re. not looking at anything that was not built in The Northern America's, Northern Europe or Japan. Failight itself suffers from this problem. A DAW that puts so many DAW's to shame, yet market resistance - at the small studio level - fear of going for a great sound rather than the same sliced bread your neighbour is using, people believing that the Vari-Mu Compressor and manufacturers like Avalon originated in the States and not Australia. etc. etc. means that people tend not to do what they should - namely plonk their ears in front of it and make a serious, INFORMED, comparison. So...don't believe me? Try me. I'll post links. At the moment I have another Australian product sitting on my desk. It's called a 196 Vacuum Tube Mic preamp and it's made by Dave Peach of Peach Audio. Now because of the above statements, most of you folk will never ever try these things. And even IF you did come acrosss them you'd head for those local (but quality) deli items without even stopping for a taste. Shame really. These are designed by Dave. Made by Dave. Shipped by Dave. And it;s Dave you talk to on the phone. I've had them for a week to demo. I was going to buy 2 and a mainframe power unit (also designed and built by Dave). I'm now going to buy 8. Which means financially I'm in deep $*^t. One sad result is that I won't be able to buy the Avalon and Manley stuff I wanted to get. But these are worth it. No EQ. No compressor. Just a tube mic pre. I've spent the last four days totally re-arranging my studio - I realised because these are so fuckin' cool I was going to have to arrange my studio around them - not the other way round. Ever come across a product that does that to you? It's a great feeling. Peach Audio. Not often I can feel sad and consider you people to be victims of gear deprivation...but with my own studio now being based on Peach and Telefunken mic pre's and the Fairlight Dream Series...it's cool...you just go about your business. Any Australians still around on RO...seriously..grab some of Dave's stuff before this motly bunch figure it out, re-locate Dave to the States and sell us back our own gear at US $ prices..... Kind regards Stedel.