GA is a Swiss company, they have two products that may be of interest to those who would like to have external pre's and compressors in which to front load their signal: The first is the GA73, which is a transformer -based mic pre, ( No IC in the signal path), built to emulate a Neve 1073. XLR and Line inputs, Phantom Power, 80 db of gain, DI, impedance switching, an insert, external power supply. The second is the GA Comp 54, which is designed to emulate a Neve 2254 compressor. Discreet Class A, Tranny balanced I/O, selectable side chain filter frequencies, external power supply. I haven't used either. Shoot outs on youtube are available, but the audio on the videos I've seen have been pretty bad - and I'm talking about the audio on the video, not on the actual models described above. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwoIZD_nNv0 The GA73 runs around $350, the Comp54 around $400. SOS Reviews: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/mar09/articles/goldenagepre73.htm http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr11/articles/ga-comp-54.htm FWIW -d.