Probably not a wise decision but I've pulled the trigger on one of these:http://www.effectrode.com/blackbird-vacuum-tube-preamp/
My thinking is.....
I've got two working amps (Holland and Ceriatone Dumble Clone)
I have two main guitars....Tele and Strat.
The Tele sounds good through both amps...the Strat only sounds "Good" through the Holland.
I'm convinced that the front end "pre amp" section on the Ceriatone doesn't suit the Strat......so if only there were a "Fender Front End" in a box?
In theory, that's what the Efectrode Blackbird is......well, that and a 2 stage Valve distortion section with separate EQ as well.
I am thinking that I can use the "Clean Fender" stage and run it into the FX return of my Ceriatone...thus making the Ceriatone sound more like the Holland when using a Strat.
If it works, I'll have to get a switching unit to switch guitar between Ceriatone "Normal Input" and Ceriatone "FX Return Input" and if it works it will be cool.....but there again it may not and I just might have wasted a load of money :whistling:
Perhaps the usual mid life crises approach of purchasing oversized motor bikes would be a cheaper option after all....we'll see.