I've been kickin around the idea of a new preamp for my rig. I'm not too happy with the sound of my tube preamp. It doesn't have that aggressive metal attack sound...it's more tubey warm. i play with my fingers, so it's been rough finding a good sound for metal that mixes with really distorted guitars and tuned down (to C). Does anyone have any comments or suggestions? I was looking into the Ampeg SVP (Pro or BSP) even though they are both tubes pres....or maybe the SansAmp RBI, which I've heard that alot of metal player use (with picks, though?) Any metal players out there that use their fingers...besides Steve Harris from Maiden?!?! Oh yeah...I'm using my Ernie Ball Sterling with heavy gauge strings tuned to drop C.