Black Lion Audio B12A MkII by bisszerk
This unit is great. I have never used an API, but I do like how this thing sounds. If it is any testament to how an API really sounds then one day I may need to pick up some APIs or some more of these.
The sound is very forward. Brings tracks right out front in the mix. I find that coupled with a U87ai this pre doesn't need much EQ on vocals. There is a tightness in the low-end and a forward push in the upper-mids to highs.
Only reason I gave a 4 on the features, I would have liked a High pass filter.
Build quality is on par with my other preamps.
Excellent sound for excellent price.