Ok, in addition to upgrading my cabs for the new year, I'm consider changing out my preamp. I'm quite certain once I have this completed, I'll be 100% GAS-free for several years to come. Anyway, I'm currently using a QSC1602 with the Aguilar 659. There is nothing wrong with the 659, but I think I might be better suited to something a little different. I find the 659 a little mid-centered and slightly wooly, though it would be perfect for someone after an old school tone, while retaining definition. Here's what I'm after in a preamp: * Exceptional lows * Clean, clear, yet thick * Hi-fi, but not brittle * Something that will drive my QSC to full power Nice, but not must haves: * Mute/Power On/Off on FRONT of unit * Versatility Here's what I want to avoid: * Wooliness * Brightness * Noise * Mid-centered * Nothing dark enough that all brilliance to highs are gone Thanks to the kick-butt Basstasters site, I think I've got it narrowed down: * Alembic F1-X and BBE Max-T I'm leaning more toward the Alembic because the BBE sounds more on the bright side. The Alembic sounded a little fuller with stronger lows. But then again, as cool as Basstasters is, it's still an mp3. Any comments from the most excellent dudes who did those recordings? Anyone else?