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Help me buy a new rack Preamp!!


Mr. Phil

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So I'm upgrading my rig mainly due to power issues. I just got a Crown XLS-602b power amp which is 600w RMS stereo @ 4 ohms. Butt blasting.

 

But, I need a preamp to go along with this. My ideal preamp would be an Aguilar 680, but that is about $1500. I can buy a car for that much.

 

So, I was looking into other options, like the Sansamp RPM . It seems pretty good, although also more than I would like to spend, although I would spend that much.

 

I would like some more flexibility, like a 5 band fully parametric tube EQ which is significantly cheaper than the Sansamp, and definitely a lot more flexible with sound, which is what I like. No more fixed Q/frequency for me anymore. Only think is that the EQ by itself only gives 20dB of gain with the level (not counting the EQ boost).

What is the dB level of an instrument? I've learned this in school, but forgot it at the moment. If +20dB will bring my signal close to -10dBu then I'm set. If not, then I'll have to find a small amplifier that will give me the right level. Or suffer with noise.

 

and hi to everyone with me not being here for like ever.

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Howdy Mr. Phil!

 

I went through agony over this very issue and ended up buying this little baby.

 

please click me

 

I am a poor bar-hack still working for $100 a show so it was all I could realistically justify but, I gotta tell ya, after tweaking it for a couple days I was and am more than happy with it. It does tend to be a bit touchy when coupled with major wattage but for the most part it is well worth the $$.

 

Good Luck!

"He is to music what Stevie Wonder is to photography." getz76

 

I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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Run silent, run deep:

 

http://www.philjonesbass.com/IMAGES/NEW%20PRODUCTS%20PAGE/PRE-AMP-&-CABLES.jpg

 

http://www.philjonesbass.com/PRODUCTS/AMP/P-1.htm

 

Ok, the P-1 is probably a bit outside our price range; but very very nice! Parametric & graphic, bells & whistles. For clean simplicity, go with the Bass Buddy. Ignore the cable.

 

Or I'll second Mattulator's choice of the B-max.

"Am I enough of a freak to be worth paying to see?"- Separated Out (Marillion)

NEW band Old band

 

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I am quite pleased with my SWR GrandPrix.

 

Quite.

I got a pretty good deal, but they are out there, typically at around $250-350ish range.

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I'd say consider Ampeg's SVP-CL. I wanted a Read Custom preamp, but I'd still be saving at the rate things were going.

 

All in all, I'm very happy with it. Does everything I need it to do, and probably then some. And it looks like the going rate is $500 or so. I got mine for $425, used-a-bit but practically new.

 

Or smoke out an old-style Alembic F-2-B. Not much for features, but, man, what a sound.

"When it comes to havin' a good time, nothing beats 'fun'. . ."

 

-- Stefan Johnson

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I've got a Kern IP 777 that sounds really great. They were about 700.00 when new and I don't know if they still make them. If they do, or you can find one used, they make a great preamp. They are all tubes with really high quality components like Solen caps etc.and are only one rack space.
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I have a Kern IP-777 as well. SUPER fat preamp. It is out of production.

 

I also have a Demeter VTBP-201s preamp. SUPER clean and great sounding preamp.

 

However, neither of these are for tweakers.

 

wraub's point regarding the SWR Grand Prix is good; parametic delight indeed.

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getz76: Who said the footswitch needed to be attached to something in a rack?
Indeed - you can tell by my main rig that this doesn't matter to me ; } ... I do like to have a real transparent clean tone available, which previous SansAmp DI I tried did not seem to, but I'm hoping they have done a few changes in other models. Then it's just down to delivering output levels that'll drive typical SR power amps well.
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Originally posted by greenboy:

getz76: Who said the footswitch needed to be attached to something in a rack?
Indeed - you can tell by my main rig that this doesn't matter to me ; } ... I do like to have a real transparent clean tone available, which previous SansAmp DI I tried did not seem to, but I'm hoping they have done a few changes in other models. Then it's just down to delivering output levels that'll drive typical SR power amps well.
Transparent? I find them transparent when bypassed. ;) Actually, you can get a really nice transparent sound when you decrease the blend control on the BDDI.

 

The programmable model can drive a power amp without a problem.

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OK, so this is what I'm getting:

 

Tube Works Blue Tube RT904 preamp

and for more EQ options:

Behringer T1951 fully parametric 4 band tube EQ.

 

super duper.

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I believe that this IS the answer of how to get shaking lows without clipping.

 

more headroom. :)

 

if the EQ is easily switchable, I may EQ the second channel to something that is more of a solo sound, for all those crazy bass solos I'll be taking :-p. I wish.

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