First off the title should read complement rather than compliment. I don't need the pre-amp to tell my gear how nice it is My grammar ain't what it were. Ok, perhaps this could have gone into the ams forum, but I'm specifically interested in matching a Pre to my G&L's. Right now I have a US SB2 and US L2.5K running into an Ampeg SVP-CL into a Stewart world 1.2 into a Berg AE410. I'm happy with almost all of my rig, but I'm not really bonding with the SVP-CL. What pre-amps would you suggest, given my gear, to achieve a clear, clean tone with lot's of headroom. I play lots of different styles from blues, jazz to funk and other stuff but always prefer a clean tone. If I do switch, I would have to sell the SVP and could probably throw about $300 US at it, so let's assume a spending cap of $800 US for the pre. Any experiences, theories or thoughts?