About a month ago I bid on a TL Audio VP-1 mic pre ( click here to listen ) on the big auction site we all know and love... :roll: Amazingly enough, I turned out to be the ONLY bidder and won the item for a little over 900 bucks (US buckaroos, that is), including shipping. The cheapest I have seen it sold in the US is around $2,500.00 (new) so, I would expect to pay about $2,000 for a unit in MINT condition and with only 8 hours of use (as the seller had described it). Therefore, I was sort of prepared for some [bad] surprise usually associated with deals that seem to good to be true. As it turns out, the seller was totally on the level and he even refunded me part of the shipping! Great guy! The unit sounds absolutely beautiful! I have been using it for a month now and it has produced excellent vocal tracks on both male and females of various genres (from Pop to Jazz). Very smooth, silky tone and a presence that is just right. It is a welcome addition to my pres from Millennia, U-Audio, Neve & SSL and it is at the same level as any of those, IMO. It is somewhat similar to the STT-1 that I have in that is has switchable VALVE and SOLID STATE pres (for mic ONLY), instrument and line inputs, compressor, eq, etc... (You can read more about it on the link I gave above). If any of you out there have been thinking about getting one, I'd have no reservation whatsoever to give it a big thumbs up! Especially since it would work great as the ONLY pre for someone buying his/her first prefessional mic/instr. pre. Truly, an excellent unit.