I'm looking for a great pre that will suit my voice. Here are some of my songs at: http://www.myspace.com/michaelcerveni I've looked at the UA 6176 channel strip and thought it would be a good buy because it has the 1176 compressor built in. You can bypass the 1176 and add another compressor but use the UA 610 tubes or vise versa. So for $2300 that's something i thought would benefit me from spending $4000 if i bought those 2 units seperatly. I'm not sure if that would match my voice though. I'm recording only acoustic guitar , vocals and piano. I've recorded though an Avalon 737. Smooth sounding but too hi fi sounding for me. I heard Great River pre's are very good for rock vocals and electric guitars. acoustics too?? It's coming down to either Great river or UA 6176 because i want a great compressor as well. If i go for the great river pre then then my option would be to either buy an urie 1176 (or UA 1176) for $2000 . or i could just buy great river pre/eq and purchase uad1 with plugins that will include the 1176 compressors. I'm planning to buy either a Neumann TLM 103 or AKG 414 as well. Any advice??