I recently had one of the dreaded "Which preamp is best for me" threads. I ended going for neither of the options listed in the poll. I settled on an Ashdown RPM-1 EVO II pre. It's actually been about a month since I've had it, but I wanted to wait a while before posting. The RPM is not as warm as its amp counterparts. It's still very deep and has this nice grunt to it. The high end is particularly nice. I like my mids and when EQ'ed right, it sounds exactly like I want it. The valve drive was a selling point but I actually haven't been terribly impressed by it. It sounds like it should, I suppose, but I was expecting something more drastic. Still a useful feature though. I was pleasantly surprised by the Sub Bass. It's a cool feature when playing in the mid to highs (I don't have a sub...just 10s so I haven't messed around in the low register with it). Also useful is the line in for a sampler in the back. I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about the looks of the trademark Ashdown VU meter. My opinion on it changes every day.