Someone just gave me this compressor - from an old radio station. So I hook it up for fun; to a baby bottle, via a focusrite red. I'm stunned. It sounds like an 1176 but with less distortion and a sort of round smooth quality. The gates sound good and behave well. and the de esser is smooth, and the whole thing is clean and quiet. Certainly, there's a lot of cheap compressors that should eat their heart out. They sold for what? Around a grand back in the day? This is the sound a lot of people are looking for, is it not? Is it my imagination, or is the Orban 424a a "sleeper"? It seems like top class gear for the money if you can get then for a few hundred on ebay. Does anyone know much about it?