I have a TL Audio C1 preamp/compressor. I just love what it does to my bass patches. My NL2 is permanently patched in channel A, my SE-1x channel B. The *only* thing I dont like about it is that there's no output trim control so I have to be careful not to clip the converters when I'm overdriving the signal. Not a deal breaker.... What are some other tube pre's I can look at getting for running my synths though? Not specifically for bass patches, but mostly. I just like that sound. I can't keep bouncing back and forth because I only have 2 channels. The C1 was used for 650$ and I dont expect to find something that cheap really. The perfect setup would be a preamp/compressor combo, prefereably 2 or more channels, but mono is fine too if it is as sexy as a Vipre. I'm not comfortable with compressors that have a fixed attack to use for my synths either, so LA2A is out. Some pieces I'm considering for 3k or less: UA 6176 pros: covers the bases for the channel strip I'm seeking, UA quality cons: ? GT Vipre pros: Based on reputation alone, this is probably going to sound like liquid gold. I love looking at this piece. cons: over budget and no compressor. Presonus ADL 600: pros: rave reviews, 2 channels, under budget far enough I could purchase a compressor to pair it with. cons: ? I'm 0/4 getting gear recommendations from you guys. Someone has got to have an idea on a preamp/compressor pairing for this specific application. Dont they?