That's what I was thinking too, I mean lotsa records were made just with the console and few outboard pieces (that's why they're called outboard
With DAWs and digital and more people somehow becoming their own engineer you see 20/30 different pres..
but even tho' I don't have a console I definitely feel comfortable using the same pres, I mean we all love lights and faceplates but
when I have to get the work done I always reach for the same things,
not only I do like them better than anything but it seems like I'm taking off ONE variable out of the picture.
I feel less alone now :D