Background: I've been checking out preamps lately. I played through an Aggie 659 for a couple years, and recently switched to the Alembic F-1X (which I still own). I have been having trouble hearing myself at rehearsal due to the scooped, buttery sounds of the Alembic not cutting through (shy mids). I posted asking for input on the issue, and DJNylonpants (product mgr. of BBE-Max-T) popped up promoting the BBE. I bought one. Here is my short review: * fit and finish: 8 - Looks sharp, solid casing, no wall-wart, logical layout, minor quibble: knobs are kind of sticky - from glue of red things? * featues: 9 - EQ + para mids + mid boost + compressor + bright + BBE maximizer = lots of features! I'd give it a 10 if it had a mute switch. * sound: ? - Ok, so this is what really matters. I've only had a chance to check it out in the living room, so that's why I rate it a ?. My new mantra is that what sounds good in the living room doesn't always translate to the gig. That being said, the BBE-Max-T does sound good in the living room. Compared to the Aguilar 659 and Alembic, it's more transparent sounding. The Aggie had very distinctive heavy mids, and the Alembic is very tubey, buttery, and scooped while the BBE sounds more neutral. It's also "faster" - I heard DJ say that, but I didn't know what he meant until I heard it. The transient attack is just "faster" - a more immediate response from plucking a note. The BBE does seem quiet - no unwanted noise/hiss. One thing I noted is that while this thing has solid lows, I was expecting *crazy* lows, but I actually think the Alembic has the slight edge here. I played with the features: compressor, mid/para boost, and the maximizer, and they all do a good job at their respective functions. I can definitely see the potential for real use. But again, it all comes down to the gig. To be honest, I think the Alembic is the better sounding preamp in the living room, but what good is that if you can't hear yourself at the gig? I can already tell the BBE will be easier to hear (stronger mids), but we'll see how's it's other characteristics translate to supporting loud guitar and drums. Overall, I say --- well done! Seems like a really solid piece of gear. I'll post the final verdict after a rehearsal.