OK--so I'm talking to Tom Bowlus a month ago and ask him if he knows some smaller high end designers that might be able to come up with a really cool bass amp. Not a commercial enterprise for me, just wanted to see if someone was into looking into designing what I would consider the ultimate amp for bass. Tom talked about these designers living in Vancouver that were doing some really cool stuff and that he was reviewing their bass direct box in the current issue of Bass Gear..Their company is called Sonic Farm.I read the glowing review and decided to give Boris (one of the designers) a call. Nicest guy you could meet--very humble and informative. He said that they were very busy right now but would be into pursuing the idea later this year. He also said that there was a top sound guy in Chicago that had their 2di4 direct box that I could try---to get an idea if the sound was in the ballpark of what I was looking for. I picked it up on Saturday and finally tried it today after making (well, Radbass made it) a cable to run out of the balanced out into the return on my Puma 900. I didn't realize that it had enough gain to function as a stand alone bass preamp. My Roscoe has been pretty tricked out by Radbass with Reed James neo's, a John East preamp and a Bart buffer to bring the level up a bit. The Reed James pup's are pretty low output (but sound phenomenal) and the East is pretty much unity gain so the Bart really didn't seem to color it, but just give a bit more level. The reason I'm saying this is that the 2di4 had plenty of gain as a pre but I'll try it with a passive bass to see if there's enough juice. I was talking with fellow TB'er Nomatic who is as knowledgeable as anyone I know as far as state-of-the-art studio gear. When I mentioned Sonic Farm he knew them right away. He hadn't tried their gear but wanted to. He said that top guys in recording described their stuff as " the love child of old Telefunken tube gear, Neve consoles, and Millenia preamps". From talking to Boris, they don't feel compelled to stick with one discipline--they will draw from all sources---tube and solid state. This is the best bass preamp I've ever heard. Period.Not to name any of the gear I was comparing it to because they are state of the art in their own rights, but Radbass and I had to get our jaws off of the floor. The harmonic complexity and richness of the best tube gear I've ever heard. The speed and detail of the best solid state gear I've ever heard. I used to have a Manley Labs custom tube pre that they made for me. Probably over $3k these days. This is better. The most beautiful tube detail and nuance I've ever heard. The fastest most visceral B string I've ever heard. You can change from triode to pentode tube mode which gives an entirely different tube character. There is very limited eq---this is designed to be a direct box---but the low and high boosts are subtle but very effective. I was playing through a couple of my cabs and this pre seemed to bring out the individual identities of each cab and really accentuate the strongest points.On my Roscoe we moved the bridge pickup to more of a MM position. So the neck and bridge pickups are pretty close together. The individual identities of each seemed more pronounced. We messed with the gain structure to get more saturation with stunning results. I'll have to mess with it some more to see if I can "dirty it up" as far as tube grit, but I've never played anything that absolutely nailed the best of the tube and solid state worlds. I'm "chompin' at the bit" to see what these guys can come up with as far as a full bass amp.