Hello all. Please excuse the long post. Here's my situation. I currently do most of my recording DI (keys, bass, rhodes piano, synths) but have recently started to use mic pres quite a bit more, as I'm now tracking drums (4 pres at a time). As I only currently have 1 mic pre (2 channel UA 2108), I'm often stuck using the DIGI 002r's pres which kind of suck. Up until this point, I've gotten along fine with my avalon u5 DI's for keys and such, but now that I'm getting into using mics more, the 2 channel UA pre is not gonna cut it as my only mic pre, as I don't think it stacks too well- a little too rich for 32 tracks. Basically, I want to sell the avalons (because I think a workhorse pre with Di inputs is a more pratical thing to own), and get a 2 channel pre to act as my main DI, as well as my "main" pre, with the UA reserved for jobs that need a little bit more color. The tone has to stack well in the mix, because everything, except for the tracks from the UA, will be going through it. I think that due to waht I've come across in my research, as well as being a big fan of the ISA110 and recordings I've heard through an API and great river, a NEVE clone might be the way I want to go (I know, I know, the focusrite isn't a neve clone technically, but still...). NOW THE QUESTION. Which Neve clone would be the right one for me? I've heard so many people throw around different sonic opinions of API, vintech, Great River, etc, with some people describing different ones as warm, rich, clean, colored, mid-range growl, etc. etc. etc. So to cut through the confusion, I guess I'm looking for something really smooth, yet not too rich (I already have the 2108). Something that will stack well, and will really give keys and synths that extra something, in addition to duty on vox, drum OH and guitar amps. Remember, this is going to be my main front-end, so while I am not looking for something completely neutral, I certainly don't want something very colored. I've been hearing good stuff about the... seventh circle audio N72 Great River vintech averill API As I cannot demo out these units, and know NOONE around me that owns one, do any of these jump out of the list for my application? If my post is misguided or I didn't post enough info about my specific situation (I doubt that ), let me know. THANKS!!!!!