Gear I have and currently play out with: Peavey 6505+ (love the rhythm tones) Marshall TSL100 (love the solo tones) Pedal board which ends in a couple of stereo effects, namely Eventide Space and Boss DD7 Marshall EL34 100/100 dual monoblock power amp Various cabs. My move to rack is simply due to me loving the stereo effects from my delay/reverb pedals setup and not wanting to carry two heads everywhere. Looking for a decent (preferably valve driven) 19" rackmount preamp (or a floorboard if it REALLY comes to it) to do metal tones with. I have a Digitech GSP1101 and I like the tones I can get from that. I have no footswitch so just mainly wondering what else is around before I splurge for a Control 2. Not looking for MIDI controller recommendations here, I'm aware of the various options. As I have some spare cash so wondering what else I could use to flavor things with preamp-wise. Either hidden gems, or new and wonderful. The last rackmount system I had from the 90s was a Marshall JMP1 running into a 50w peavey power amp of some description. Should never have sold the JMP1 but I have a few Marshall heads so got it gone. But that may be a little to 80s tone for what I'm doing anyway. As for tonal influence, for rhythm think Within Temptation (newer), Evanescence, standard 7-string sorts of detunedness. For solos, think 80s! I use an ESP Arrow-7 and a Jackson Broderick-7, EMG loaded both.