Also, would anyone confirm whether the VBC would give me that congested N**e sound?
I wouldn't call the N**e: "congested" sound. Congested and 2D is the classic plugin sound. N**e sounds more like and open and deep sound, harmonically saturated if you push the console stages, glued with the typical "puff puff" sound due to his in/out transformers but always 3Dimensional. Remember that it's a pure calss-A console with some color in the midrange and silky highs, warm and harmonically rich sound. Take a moment to listen the comparison in the listening room: Vintage Blue Console is the N**e sound, the Brit-N is the classic congested one