so i traded my HA2000 up for this, and im impressed so far. i used it 2 nights ago for a gig with a reggae band, and i was a whole lot happier with my sound. much meatier than the hartke, i was having trouble pulling good sounding lows from that pre. the BBE is much smaller too(another reason i didnt hesitate to trade, i was carrying like 30 pounds of extra weight.) my only gripe is that the output signal doesnt seem quite as hot as the hartke's, but i just have to turn up the gain a little more, and its ok. i basically got it for about 125 bucks, which is the trade in value on the hartke. good deal, i thought, considering the pre was selling for 235, used, and the guy went even up with me.