I know you all read these, and think of it all as hype. I wont lie to you, and tell you this preamplifier is better, or as good as a Neve, Api, SSL, Millennia, or any preamplifier that costs a buck five. What I can tell you, is this preamplifier is extremely well built. Very clean, with plenty of headroom. Very good for drums. With punch and clarity. I am not afraid to say, if I could own any and all pre's I wanted, I would still have this in my studio. Again it's not a expensive preamplifier, but honestly it sounds like one. I have had mine since 02/19/16. That is 5 months. I have used them in a studio setting. I have used them Live, in a hybrid live rig running Sonor for a mixer. Rock solid and Clean. Plus, of coarse the folks at Sweetwater are the Best in the world, for taking care of you.