Okay guys - I'm in the process of taking a plunge on a good outboard EQ. You'll see what my budget is by the choices I've listed below. I'm familiar with all of them except the Crane Song. So, here's the list (and some comments): Millennia NSEQ 2 - I like the twin topology architecture and I do like it's smoothness overall Z-Sys ZQ 2 - digital is a plus for cable runs and easy recall Crane Song Ibis - ?? Weiss Mk2 (standard version) - again, digital is easy to recall and cabling is easy. I will eventually be expanding my rack to include more than one EQ, but I am looking to see what you more experienced guys would consider to be a good first step into a mastering EQ. For compression/limiting I'm good for the moment with my Manley VariMu and the ART ProVLA which I rebuilt (sounds a THOUSAND times better now! Smooth, clean and actually fast enough now to do some real damage! I replaced the OpAmps and capacitors throughout the entire piece as well as used Mullard tubes.) Opinions??? (Don't be afraid to tell me that something like the UAD card or similar would be a good value. I have no objections to a plug-in EQ so long as it's a viable replacement for its hardware counterpart. Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that is a viable replacement for outboard comp/limiting.) Thanks!! J.