further, It is impossible to try out a unit in the store. I know a couple of guys who are sho' nuff producers who really like API, and Neve and what not. They consider "cheap" for a mic pre around $1000.00 And they seem pretty confident that under that pricepoint, you are not getting much. I am pretty uneducated about what's truly functional in my situation. What advantage tube really offers. I write and record demos for my publisher, and independent sources. Can someone please shed some light on this? I'm told the thing that really takes a project studio to the next level is a good mic-pre. Thanks..