Hi all, I'm looking to get a preamp, comp, eq strip. My goal is to warm/fatten up tracking and maybe do some basic mastering as well. I'd like it to have valves/tubes but it's not essential and I'd like the compressor to be strong as I'd like to experiment with harsh up front drum sounds. I will be mainly recording vocals, acoustic guitar, elec guitar, drums etc. I will be getting the Yamaha N12 in the next few weeks which has a Sweet Spot Morphing compressor, eq and good preamps so that should be fun. But I'd like to get one versatile piece of outboard gear that's analog and stereo. At the moment I have my eyes on a TL Audio Ivory II 5052 and a Joe Meek TwinQ. There is a big difference in price but my budget is up to 2000 euro. I've also looked at the Avalon stuff but I'm looking for something with a little more 'character'. Any suggestions and opinions would be very, very welcome.