A. Not an A+
This is a good preamp. I worked on a 5088 for about a year, tracked lots of guitar and bass... some drums... some vocals. These pres really shine on guitar and bass. Nice, big, round bass. They are quite forgiving on heavy distortion guitar and smooth on clean guitar. Drums sound good, too. This is just a great pre... it is not even close to a 1073 or 81.... but it is just an entirely different beast. With the addition of the vari-phase and compressor, this is a tough one to beat. Get 2 and you will not be disappointed.