Kind of a funny question... I need to do vocal recordings (country & pop lead/backup) with an AKG-414C/BULS. I've got every piece of the chain save a decent preamp. I would prefer not to spend more than $400 on one (1/2 channel, preferrably 2). HOWEVER, a friend of mine who has worked in a studio extensively claims that when using a mic of that quality it doesn't matter if you spend $400 or $4G on an pre because you can't really enhance the sound?? Is this true? Anyways, what I'm really looking for is some opinions on what preamps you guys think would be best. P.S. I've had my eye on the Roland MMP-2 that just came out but it seems a little unrealistic to be able to imitate so many preamps accurately??