couple of months ? weeks ? ago there was a posting by someone who picked up an ART mic-pre to use as his preamp. So ... Iv'e been fussing about with a Music Man 2x12 trying to get a consistently good sound out of it for a bit. Last week I picked up an ART Tube Channel for $220 off the 'Bay. This thing rocks. I can't get a bad sound out of it unless I have the input gain too high. So this rig now looks like ART Tube Channel driving Crown CE-1000. 900 watts into the MM cab. Just for laughs, I plugged it into a couple of JBL 1x15 bins from yesteryear. Sounds sweet there to! The ART has a 1 meg ohm input which is perfect for guitar or bass as well as XLR and phantom power of course. It is a combined mic-pre, 4 band parametric EQ. Hi and lo are fixed freq shelving controls, switch selectable for 40,120, 6K or 18K. The 2 mid bands are fully parametric with overlapping freq ranges. There is also an optical compressor which seems very nice although it lacks side chain which is something I actually use. I'm really pleased with the way this has worked out. I had spotty results with the MM cab. Got a few sounds that were brilliant, got more than a few that sounded like dropping a box of wrenches on the garage floor (very loud wrenches though!) Now I really have to try to get this thing to sound bad. Damned strange! Thanks to whoever it was that decided to try the mic-pre! Anyone doing the preamp dance - check one of these out. For low dough this thing is just killer!