alright. I was actually thinking about the price for the individual preamp cards (so not including the chasis and the power supply).
You can get the M-1 with 1-4 channels. Also, you have the option of getting the Jensen output transformer and the meter. I've got both, but I'd say to ditch the meter.
He's got a great product--I really don't think there's any need to pay more than what the john hardy preamps cost.
His philosophy is legit--he's not guitar center.
It may be a bit over your budget, but you really might want to save up a little longer.
I've compared these to the preamps in the 002
, the RNP, various preamps in smaller mixers, the neve preamps at my old studio, the newest demeter tube preamp, the avalon.