Hey guys! Been a lurker for awhile...I've been looking for a good stereo pre for $600 or so. After doing some reading it seems like the two best bets are the BG 1 or the Hamptone kit. I can get either for about $600, and they both seem to be extremely good quality for the cash. The only major issues would be the hassle of building the Hamptone, but otherwise they're pretty evenly matched from what I can tell. Can anyone offer an opinion on how these stack up? I'd be doing all sorts of stuff: live acoustic instruments, percussion, classical, jazz, some rock, and even vocals. I'm considering getting a brick at some point to give me a more colored pre, so that should be covered. All opinions are apprecitared! Thanks!