Greetings, my first post in Effects so go easy on me. I'm looking for a preamp/DI pedal to complete my "mini rig of doooooom!" My signal chain will be: passive basses -> ??? -> Acoustic Image SA power amp -> two Carvin 115 MBE cabinets. My criteria are: Under $250 Stands alone as a preamp to drive a power amp Provides basic tone shaping options Great quality DI to front of house Doesn't need to have distortion/overdrive/tubes/etc. So far I like the reputation, looks, and features of the MXR M81 and Mesa Subway DI Pedal. Any comments/opinions on those two? Any other units that should be on my short list?