Ok, so I have a huge decision to make so I have to apologize for the long winded explanation. I want a new channel strip pre and I've been thrown a couple different ways. At first I was talking to an engineer and he said that the Focusrite ISA 430 MKII Producer Pack was the pre to get. At $2600 I thought I had better really be sure. The guy I talked to said that it was very versatile and that I would definitely love it. Then I started to remember some things people on this site had said about Focusrite so I started looking at the Sebatron Thorax again. I talked to some others and they said the Thorax was great, but that it had a "one color" sound. They also said the compressor was great, but the eq was a little weak. Next I was talked into looking at the Millennia STT1 Origin which can switch between tubes and transistors. That pre is around $2700. Now the Thorax is the least expensive, so I like that, but I really want to make sure I get the right pre. I'm recording some progressive rock, fusion, and other stuff like funk, blues, and jazz. I want the pre for guitar, vocals, and sax. (pretty much in that order) I want warmth, but don't want mud. I would really appreciate your opinions. I'm recording to my harddrive through Nuendo and a MOTU 2408 through a Mackie 1604VLZ pro. Thanks!