Like many landmark moments in a person's life, I remember the first time I heard a Vari-Mu. It was right around the turn of the century and a studio client brought one in to my humble little 48-track analog studio with his favorite preamps and mics. We had one of those well-known British consoles with a built-in buss compressor (really, not a bad one at all). You know the one, with the clunky automation. LOL. So the client says, "hey can we bypass that buss compressor and insert my Manley Vari-Mu on the stereo mix instead?" I'd been mixing music for about 15 years at this point and I thought I'd heard it all. Wow, was I wrong! Immediately on first listendown, it was like I had reached Nirvana (the metaphysical state, not the band). Everything in the mix just became "better." The highs were elevated in the most musical luscious way, I'd ever heard, the mids were pushed out front and center with an immediacy and a "snap" that just reached out of the speakers and gently caressed your eardrum, and the lows pushed me back in my chair, becoming the bold anchor of each track. Everything sit perfectly where it belonged, where I had *intended* it to belong, almost as if the Vari-Mu was reading my musical mind and it knew just what to do. There's only one way to describe that: Magic. Pure magic. I bought one two weeks later and am now the proud owner of my THIRD Vari-Mu! Sell your car if you have to, but buy one of these. Buy it now.