I know you guys are tired of vintech posts but please help me out.. I've been looking in on buying a pre amp for some time now (mostly to track my music and for vocal recordings in the future) and I've decided that vintech is the way to go... to tell you the truth, I have never had a chance to listen to an actual real neve unit, and I am not a professional engineer as well I'm just a music student/producer who wants a better sound in my music. I also live abroad in Seoul, Korea so it's hard to get gear here for a good price, and i'm trying to pick up a piece when i visit my friend in san francisco next week! well first of all I need a dual unit obviously because my main purpose is to track my music. I got into the vintech because my friend here in korea owns a vintech dual 1272 and i tried tracking some drum sounds through it and was surprised with the bump it gave to the sound. (I've also tried out a few focusrite models, the 9098, and the avalon 737) right now i am not sure if i should get a 1272 as well, or if should go for the 273 unit.... or maybe if I save up more money, get two x73i units just for the long run... i can't make up my mind because i have never heard a neve 1073 unit, or the vintech x73 units, so i am not sure how these sound compared to the vintech 1272 unit that i heard.... here is a sample of the type of music i produce... i used to produce mostly hip hop music like this but I am getting more into an electronica style these days... http:// the x73i's also caught my interest because of the eq's, but i was also wondering if I really do need eq's since I am not a pro engineer I don't think i should be messing with the eq's too much before the mixdown so maybe not having eq's like the 1272 would be a better choice...or if the x73's make a better sound for me, going with the dual 273 vintech unit would be better since I won't have to use the extra $1000 for the eq's... any comments are appreciated! thanx P.S. I WANT A DISTRESSOR!