I've been looking into preamps for the past few months and the more i search the forum and other sites the more choices/ideas i'm presented with. The ones that appeal the most are Alembic F-1x, Demeter VTBP-201s & HBP-1, BBE Bmax-T, Ampeg SvpPro and have recently been trying to find out more about the Yamaha PB-1. The problem is with so many choices i always end up just getting frustrated after awhile of researching. the other problem is that there are no places around me that i can test out any of these preamps. So, i guess what i need help with is narrowing the choices. I play rock music and like good mid's, low's and high's (in that order). The preamp has to create a good tone that can cut through. Please, give me opinions. Let me know if any of the preamps dont sound that good for rock, or if some sound especially good for rock. Thanks in advance for any help.