Various Chandler Stuff In The Pipes.
Chandler Germ for 500 racks: As you can plainly see from the picture above, there are at least 3 Germanium mic pres now existing in the world. No price yet, but I would imagine they will be about $600. Chandler website, but there's nothing there about these.
Chandler Germanius Maximus: Also coming from Chandler is the new germanium-series channel strip. This is more my speed, as I don't particularly think the 500-series stuff is too good a deal, from a strictly cost-per-channel viewpoint. This bad boy is a Germ pre, a Germ comp, and a Germ EQ, all in one tasty blue-n-yellow rack space. Again, no info on the Chandler site, but Wade put up a teaser and such on Gearslutz, which you can read here. Word to the wise: the vast majority of that thread is about the name of the box. How this affects the actual unit is utterly beyond me. What's even funnier are some of the suggestions. One fellow who doesn't like "Germanius Maximus" suggested that Wade consider "Germanium Winkler" as a reasonable substitute via a 3-paragraph post. Seriously. I shit you not.
Anywho, it'll be $3500 or thereabouts, but you get a lot of kit for the money. One of these and an SSL E Channel, and you're made in the shade for whatever might come down the pike. Unless you're in to that whole stereo thing, in which case you need two. Personally, I think that's just a fad.