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Avalon preamps

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by dikger, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. dikger

    dikger

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    I hear a lot these days about avalon preamps being used on bass, in the studio by all these nashville cats. I have even seen them used live, in somebodies rig. Anyone have exeperience using them live, or studio? Thanks,
    Rich
  2. wmheilma

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    The U5 is amazing. Heard one recently at a show on top of Aspen Mountain. Most of the gear had to ride up in a ski gondola, so the bass player just brought the Avalon for his rig. Wow! It sounded great in the house!
  3. dmac1961

    dmac1961 Supporting Member

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    The U5 is actually a high end direct box as opposed to a preamp. It has a selection of baked in EQ's to choose from, but no bass, mid and treble knobs that you can tweak. That being said, it does a great job for both live and studio work. I blew a transformer on my b15 during a show, and ended up plugging my U5 into a powered JBL Eon for the rest of the gig. It sounded great.
  4. dikger

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    It sounds like that application would work great for my current band. There areno amps on stage at all. Both guitar players run through line6 hd 300 pedalboards. I use a basspod pro. We all use inears for monitoring.
  5. HolmeBass

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    I personally don't dig the U5, except the "no filters" option. I know plenty of folks who dig the built-in filters on it.

    Now the vt737sp, that's a thing of beauty. But way too expensive and fragile to gig with, in my opinion.
  6. sowilson

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    Would dig the vt737sp. Anyone try the UA LA-610 MK II?
  7. the explode man

    the explode man

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    I have a U5 and love it.

    I also enjoy using it as a pre-amp for my bass playing when I'm not getting tender with it.
  8. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    lol
  9. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

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    Not as fragile as you'd think, as long as you're not dumping it out of the back of a truck on the highway.

    [​IMG]

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