I know there is another thread on the site for preamps but I have some more I'd like to add to the heap. I play country. I want to get a preamp that will deliver a good, clean, solid, tube, smooth sound. I'm going to include some solid state "tube emulators". I usually don't play with an onstage amp. I usually go direct and use the stage monitors. I know there are more preamps than the ones listed but here are the ones I'm considering. I play a MPG Level 5JJ. I have no preference as to whether or not is has a compressor. I may also occasionally use it for upright bass and acoustic guitar.