Of the pres the OP mentions, I have only heard (and own) the V376. You'd be lucky to buy one for 300 Euro. nickelironsteel - we've had some interesting chats, so I know you know your onions. I do, however, prefer the V376 over the V72 in most situations. I like the V72 and V672 about equal. These are preamps I have used side by side countless times. If I could pick one, regardless of 'investment' value, I'd pick the V376 over all the preamps mentioned in this thread (except the V241, I've never used one).
IMO, the V376 sounds very different to vintage Neves. It has an exceptionally detailed top-end without sounding at all bright. The V672 is a little more Nevey. It has a 0-ohm input design, so needs some additional circuitry to work properly with modern set-ups. It's also has a very narrow sweet-spot. In contrast, the V72 will sound fantastic at all input levels. The V672/1 and /2 are just as good, and are actually closer to a Nevey sound than the 672. Ignore naysayers who point out that it has an IC in its output buffer - the problem is finding a replacement if it fails, but not the sound! They are more hi-fi and much more versatile than the standard 672. That said, a 672 on the right source, set up properly and with the right input gain - it can be stellar.
A much closer match to old Neves are the WSW (Siemens Austria) preamps, that Damir Rogina turned me on to. Again, I prefer these to the WSW tube preamps. The 811402 (germanium) and 811403 (silicon) are my top pics, the former more assertive in the top midrange, the latter more balanced and with expansive bass. Like the classic Neves, the 403 will work on pretty much anything and take abuse well.
IMO, 'classics' are partly classics because you still get a great take if the mic gets knocked a couple of inches.
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