Hey, I have been really lucky to record in some big studios and to shorten a long story, I know how much the big boys rely on their mic pre's. I have a sixteen track Fostex Digital unit, and I could really use some warmth..mainly for vocals and acoustic guitar. I use a fairly inexpensive condenser. Does anyone have any suggestions on some kind of tube or not tube, mic pre/comp/limiter...for under $500.00 I have noticed that for the most part you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to buy an Avalon or Manley right now.