Guys help me out here. From research I have done I have narrowed it down to these 3: Avalon U5 Ampeg SVP-Pro BBE Max I know these are all completely different preamps in their own rite. Unfortunately I dont have access locally to test drive these preamps before purchase so I have to go on good advice and the store having a good return policy. I play in a Alt/Country/Rock band. Hard drummer, pianist, single guitar player (Gibson LP, Fat Telecaster through sometimes Marshall JCM 800, sometimes Sunn Model T w/4x12), and two singers. We mix it up with plenty of clean and distorted tones and also have a variety of slower and more upbeat songs. One common theme is that we are LOUD! Think Pete Yorn/Neil Young/Queens of the Stone Age/Dinosaur Jr. and that kind of summarizes what we do. The preamp would be going through a QSC 1850HD and into a Ampeg SVT-410HLN with the possibility of a 2x12 or 1x15 being added in the future. The guitar is a Fender Jazz with a BAII bridge and soon to have DiMarzio Model J's. What do you guys think?