I've recently decided to ditch the band scene since I seem to have awesome luck getting into bands that dud out because the almighty couch takes no prisoners. I'll leave it at that to save your eyes from a useless rant. Back on track... I revamped my entire recording setup to record all my ideas and songs with the hopes of forming a band from fellow listeners who enjoy the noise I make. One of my newer acquisitions was a Two Notes Torpedo Live, which I'm now realizing the Studio may have been the better route to spend even more time re-amping like a fool at all hours. First world problems, at its finest. Anyway, I usually run my Mesa Single Recto through it and have been more than pleased with the results. Then the next day you leave your iPod on random and want even more tonal options. Sweet baby Jesus! That leaves me here with you kind sirs... and maybe gal? Not even going to pluralize that last part because let's be real. I was thinking of maybe grabbing a Blackstar or even an Orange but then the gear nerd in me said, "what about a modeler or even a preamp?" "Good question" I responded. I have an old PodXT (cab & mic disabled) around that I have already tried running through the Torpedo. There was a drastic improvement compared to the Line6 cab & mic modeling but it still didn't sound as organic as running a meatball of an amp through it. Does anyone have any experience or input on preamps or maybe even another amp they've been satisfied running through something like the Torpedo or even IR's? I've heard a lot of good things about the ISP Theta but all of the clips I've heard sounded like a fresh can of 80's hair spray. A few other preamps I've looked a little into were everything Mesa offers and those little AMT preamps. I'm not so sure I even asked a question here so I'll try again now. Are there any decent modelers worth running the preamp through a Torpedo? Are there any preamps you've had great results running through a Torpedo or similar device? Should I stop looking at preamps and stick with another head to run through the Torpedo? Tone-wise I've always gravitated toward a Recto but not the usual bottom-heavy, gain-drenched sound. I use vintage mode for more of a low-mid gain, articulate and glassy tone. You're probably thinking I'm using the wrong amp but Marshall's couldn't fill the void that Mesa seems to cover in the power section. I know I completely rambled and 95% of people won't want to read all of that, so feel free to ask me any questions in order to spend my money.