Hello! A friend vsiting Canada, and a good opportunity to get a good pre. All i used so far has been entry level. I am much confused about the direction to take. Clean or colored, Solid State or tube. But i have a feeling a tube would be well for me. I think ill stretch my budget to around USD1000-1200, give or take. And am heavily inclined towards the Sebatron VMP's. I read they can go from very clean to heavy color. I would like at least two channels, but if one channel in that money can really make the investment worth it, so be it. I would like the pre to be versatile, and work well on Acoustic guitars (important), Driven cabinets, Bass DI, Vocals (v. important) and if also rock drums (Kik and snare primarily. Was also looking at a luchbox with 2 channels of 512's, but cant afford it yet, unless i get a luchbox free ) Have been reading and consider : Sebatron VMP Summit Audio TBA-221 GT Brick Kindly advice. My impression is that shipping from the US to Canada is a no-problem affair ? Thanks a super ton! Sidhu Also, are there any ribbons in a USD200-300 range that are nice ?