I'm still determining what I need in my rig (which now that I've moved, I will need to get together pretty soon). The BBE BMAX looks pretty interesting, but I see no reviews or real-world-user-info for it. A preamp with a decent EQ (a parametric mid), a built-in compressor, the BBE circuitry--seems like a a good deal. Is the tube pre-amp worth the $300 extra? After the house is a little more put together, I plan to venture forth to find one to try out. I'm in the Newport News/VA Beach area--anyone else out this way? Any recommended local shops? Thanks.