I currently have "decent" preamps in the following: 1. 32 channel A&H GL2200 2. Focusrite Octopre 3. Focusrite ISA-428 4. ART TPS I'm looking into trading out my A&H board for a lot of reasons and going with a Soundcraft board. I've also got my eyes/ears set on picking a nice 2 channel tube preamps in the near future. I'm looking into the Avalon AD2022 but the price is high and I'm going to search for a more economical tube pre that might yield somewhat similar results. My question is how would the Soundcraft pre's sound against say the ISA-428 preamps? Would it be worthwhile to just get nother ISA-428 and skip the $6000 for the Soundcraft? I would think that money wise I could get the whole control of my system with the board but still have the flexibility with the other preamps. A friend recorded a project for a major/minor metal band on Prosthetic Records and they used the ISA-428's and a small Roland Digital Board. Nothing fancy and the cd is absolute amazing sounding. Even the mixes that I heard in the studio were fantastic. This is why I have went with the ISA pre's. I just would love to have the flexibility of the board, mostly for the headphone and preamp capabilities. I'm running Nuendo 3.2.1 and I think they have some fancy headphone features through mix buses but I haven't figured that one out just yet. So much to learn and literally so little time. Any suggestions on the value of the Soundcraft Pre's compared to the ISA-428 pre's and possibly what a good value tube pre would be??? thanks to all.