There've been a few posts lately about inexpensive preamps and such, so I thought I might post this about a new set up I've been playing with. I'm getting some hugely nice tones using an active bass (emg pup's and BTS system) into a SABDDI, then into an ART Tube Pac preamp/compressor. This combination is capable of such a wide range of tones! The improvement over using the SABDDI alone is hard to believe-- it's not just a little better, it's like TONS better. The Tube Pac can be set up to overdrive the preamp tube like crazy but the compressor circuit and output gain controls make it easy to dial in just the right output level to the amp or DI. The Tube PAC is only $99. Admittedly, if I was starting from scratch buying both the SABDDI and the Tube Pac, close to $300 gets you into a range of pretty nice preamps. But since I already had the SABDDI, I think it was the best $99 I could have spent, tone-wise.