It's amazing how incredible this thing is on so many sources. Even the most unlikely things, this preamp excels on. It is very thick and gooey. Bass just has an energy and excitement to it. Guitars are creamy and in your face. On room mic duty, squashed nicely with 1176's in British mode, your drums will never sound bigger. Then on vocals, with a simple and inexpensive mic such as a Studio Projects C1, you'd be hard pressed to acheive a more agressive yet refined vocal tone for rock music. Running your 2bus into 2 Countryman Type 85's going into this things reminds you of what a Neve really does to things. Keep the top in tact but rounds it up a bit. Can't afford an SSL bus comp, but still want glue to your mix, run it through this thing. The 1272 was in fact the original output section for many Neve consoles afterall so no wonder it sounds good on this duty. The possibilities are endless. Get ready for huge, punchy agressive...or tone down the gain and get more refined. The way the St. Ives trannies saturate is just to die for. I've never run into a situation where this thing didn't have enough gain(for those of you who are holding out for the horrible rumors about that regarding this unit). This probably comes from the fact that most other units who use an input gain and output trim design, they tend to showcase their most usable gain range around the middle. For this unit, it lives at -40 for me. On loud distotion guitars I hit those transformers hard at -50 and I love it!! I think anyone would enjoy this unit.