So, the ultimate mortgage-the-house sort of rig... sometime early next year I think I might be able to afford the thing... Speakers: Two Bergantino HT112 Two cabs sounds like overkill, but the idea is flexibility, either use them stacked, or with one of them as monitor. This requires a stereo setup so the monitor and FOH volumes are separate. Power amp: QSC PLX2402 or PLX1602 I have a friend of a friend that will close down his rental/PA business, he also used to sell QSC amps, so I'm hoping he will have one of those left over at a decent price. Preamp: ??? ... here's where I need some help. I play blues/pop/rock, not all that loud, and some jazz standards on EUB. Two channels would be nice, but perhaps not necessary. A mid voicing filter would be good, but perhaps not necessary with a really good base sound. But the choices seem difficult, and most of these I will not be able to try before buying. I'm not sure all of them are available for 240V mains by the way. Alembic, Aguilar, Demeter, Raven Labs, EBS...??? I've done extensive searches here, but would still like to hear your suggestions for preamps with this cab/amp combination. In particular it would be good if you could try to describe the tonal characteristics of your choices, and any drawbacks you feel a particular unit might have. I'm sure they all sound very good, if different, so any plusses or minuses you could share regarding both sound and other features would help. Thanks.