New Preamp for K&K Bass Max
I've had a K&K Bass Max for 10+ years and am perfectly happy with it. However, it appears the preamp has died on me. I am investigating a repair, but given my preamp needs (volume, input, output), it might be cheaper to just get a new preamp. My question is whether I should just get the K&K Pure Sound preamp or if there are other ones out there that might sound as good or better and/or suit my needs. I don't want to spend a ton of money. The Schatten Design Mini Pre caught my eye - has anyone used this or any other small (needs to mount on tailpiece) preamp with the bass max? L.R. Baggs also makes at least one (LR Baggs Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp). Thanks!
One of Francis Decks HPFpre's?
Some Possible Choices
Here's a link to a You Tube video where they compare the EDM-1 to the Baggs Para Acoustic DI.
Here's a link to the EDM-1 Manual
Here's a link to the L.R.R. Baggs Gig Pro Users Manual for comparison.
Here's a link to the Schatten Mini Pre Users Guide for comparison.http://www.schattendesign.com/PDF/Mini-Pre.pdf
Thanks - I will check these out. I thought the K&K always sounded fine, I just wasn't really impressed with the design/workmanship. But it has lasted a while so what do I know. The reason I would be more inclined to ditch it (unless I see an obvious bad connection) is because it is two-channel but I took the double big twin pickups out of the equation years ago. The two-channel K&K preamp (at least the one I have) has tone controls, but they are internal, which is a PITA. Plus the single channel is so inexpensive that I hesitate to pay an electronics guy even an evaluation fee. I know once I review the links you sent I am going to want the most expensive one...
I have the Bass Max pickup...I also have the K&K preamp that you have. I think it's junk. I also have the Baggs Para Acoustic DI and Fishman Platinum Bass DI...I prefer the Fishman over the other two...good luck.
I got another K&K. This was an unexpected expense so ultimately I decided to just replace it with the simplified version of what I had and be done with it. Sounds the same as the old one, which is fine by me. I still don't really like the construction, but at least now they make 'em so you don't have to remove a screw to take the cover off.....
I've always thought the K&K felt kind of cheap. They sound fine and work fine but maybe are not so durable.
Funny you should reply to this thread right now. I've been using my new K&K preamp with no trouble, but I decided to order an HPF pre to try as well, based on reviews around these parts. I used it for the first time last nigh - we rehearse at a bandmember's house, and he has a pretty crappy bass amp there (Crate?) which actually sounds fine for practicing, and easier than lugging my amp. Anyway, HPF pre sounded really good, and I could hear the impact of the high pass filter quite well. Ironically, I think I somehow blew up the amp - at one point I switched to electric BG and noticed that the high end was distorting/chopping. Still don't know what did it, and it might be a total coincidence...we'll see I guess.
I haven't been on this side of TB much. I am thinking that I need to get my upright chops back again so I hope to be here more.
I have a K&K Bass MAx pickup (at the high school I teach at actually) and while my Genz Benz can handle it, I may be looking for a preamp again.
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