You might also want to check out the Studio Projects VTB-1. The street price recently dropped to $129 (one channel) from $179, and it is a really great sounding preamp. I have two of them and am very satisfied. In addition to a great clean sounding solid state preamp, you can also dial in a tube to warm it up, or go all the way to distortion. And a very cool feature is that you can use two outputs to record both the clean and tube sounds at the same time.