I have been scrapping and saving for a while now, and finally the woman is going to let me buy another piece of gear! Here's my question, I'm only recording vocals (my tracks are produced elsewhere). I have a tlm-103 and a AT4033 right now tracking through an A-designs mp-2. I'm considering either a new pre (Hardy m-1) or a new mic (charteroaks sa583). I know peoples' thoughts on the 103 but check this out. I like the mp-2 but to me, it doesn't give my vocals an "upfront, big sound" like I have heard about other pre's (hardy). Also, I do plan on getting a tube mic sometime in the future (have heard great things about the charteroaks) and was wondering about tube mic through tube pre (mp-2) and compressed with a colored compressor (RNLA). Thought maybe too much color (since I'm wanting a fat vocal with lots of presence). What do you think? Sound off!!