Hey guys. This is my first post. I’ve read a lot of your posts and you guys are all great. I hope to get some good advice. I’ve been doing some home recording for the past couple of years and decided to upgrade my equipment. My path was Octava mk319 mic to a Mackie 1202vlz pro to dbx266xl to maudio sound card to the UAD1. I recently bought a Blueberry mic and now I’d like to improve my whole front end by upgrading my mic pre and compressor and avoid all my old junk altogether. The more I read the more confused I get! Should I get a channel strip such as the Universal audio 6176, the Avalon 737, the Langevin Dual Vocal, Millenium Origin or any other channel strip? Or am I better off getting a mic pre such as the John Hardy, Manley, Brent Averill, Great River, API, Pheonix, Vintech etc. etc. etc. and then a compressor such as the Empirical Labs Distressor? I have no idea which one to get because I haven’t heard them. Can you guys suggest something to me? I’d really appreciate it! I’d like to stick with all discrete class A stuff. My priorities are 1)male vocals (that’s me) 2)guitar acoustic and electric 3) base 4)keyboard. No drums. My style ranges from Pink Floyd, Larry Norman, Simon and Garfunkel, to Matchbox 20 sounding stuff. I’d like to keep everything as close to $2300 as possible. Thanks a lot for the advice!