Yes......... a new preamp.... I have been thinking too long about this, mainly due to the vast and excellent choice out there, along with all the reviews available. I have only used a tfpro p3 channel strip, apart from my built in Edirol DA2496 soundcard preamps, so I am limited somewhat in experience. Hopefully this will be my final question before my wallet emerges, but which would be the best choice out of the two - Versitility of strip over just a preamp. Would the additional comp/eq of this strip (even if the preamp was not as good as the brick) still possibly sound better because of good comp & eq. My home studio setup Carillon PC Edirol DA2496 soundcard Alesis M1 active Mk2 UAD-1 Cubase sx2 Rickenbacker Bass Yamaha AES500 guitar GT67 mic Sample Tank 2xl / Rhino soft synths Midi controller Thanks for any help.