...put my marriage in GAS jeopardy by selling my SWR Electric Blue head so I can swing buying an Alembic F-1X? Had the misfortune to play through the Alembic last week. Liked it. Played through it today with my Ken Smith CR5: really liked it. But my GAS card is maxed. One thing has to leave before another thing can enter. Beyond the obvious comparisons of features/functionality, head vs. preamp, etc, are there attributes of the SWR whose awesomeness is so overwhelming that only a boorish dork would even think of doing without them? And conversely, does the Alembic have a dark side / hidden face that she only shows to those who have been with her for a while? In other words, what do people love about the one I would get rid of, and what do they hate about the one I would like to get? For those who have played both, which did you prefer, and why? And just so you know, I play lots of styles (fingerstyle, pick, slap, pop, r&b, funk, rock, etc), and play mainly club and festival gigs.