Buying a preamp for a church help!!

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  1. alexzamudio

    alexzamudio Supporting Member

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    Hello,

    On my church we are about buy a bass pream.. and actually I'm not a pro on the subject

    Need recomendation.. the place is like a movie theater..

    I was into avalon but don't know what will be better..

    Also.. will invest 400 to 600 (is it too little or is ok)

    Thanks in advance for your recomendations
     
  2. Downunderwonder

    Downunderwonder

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    Vt deluxe, under 200 bones used. Spend the rest on good causes.
     
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    The Meatsmoke tube pre I think it's still on sale.
     
  4. randswoy

    randswoy

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    I use a Tech 21 VT Bass into a DI box. VT bass is only $150 new. I also use a Carl Martin Compressor. Sounds and records great.
     
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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    What format are you looking for:

    Rackmount?

    Pedal?

    ?
     
  7. Martin89

    Martin89

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    I use my Zoom B3 at church, makes a great DI/preamp and is under budget. Also ensures whoever is playing has a tuner.
     
  8. alexzamudio

    alexzamudio Supporting Member

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  9. thumbknuckle

    thumbknuckle

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    There is a preamp built in to every channel on your mixing console. They work fine.
     
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    So, basically, a channel strip may be what you are looking for? In that price range there are a few decent contenders, but as mentioned above, depending on how good the PA console is, that may be all that is needed beyond a good DI to get you in there.

    Start here for some options available to you.

    The Presonus, in particular, may be a great choice.

    Another option are dedicated bass preamps like the Alembic F-1x or some of the Peavey or BBE rackmount preamps that have been made over the years, for some examples.

    Are you looking to buy only new or is used an option for you?
     
  11. alexzamudio

    alexzamudio Supporting Member

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    Used is an option.. you think it will be better?
     
  12. decentbassbreh

    decentbassbreh

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    get anything by tech 21/sansamp
     
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    Used is not necessarily better, but you can potentially get more for your money. Of course, there is the potential risk of issues (although new stuff goes bad, too) with no manufacturers warranty to help in that situation.

    What is it that the church is looking for in having a separate, dedicated preamp for the bass as opposed to the channel controls of the PA board? Can you give us more details as to why this is needed in the first place?
     
  14. spiritbass

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  15. dunnie

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    I agree with the Tech 21 Sansamp suggestion as I own one but I also bought a David Eden World Tour DI (WTDI) pedal online from Rock Block Guitars in Nashville for a similar price: rockblockguitars.net/

    I think that the WTDI is an absolutely superb preamp and is basically a replica of the big rack mount David Eden WT in a very compact box. Have a look at that one as well.
     
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    dunnie, did you miss this part? ;)


    He is looking for a rackmounted unit. ;)
     
  17. JohnSS

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    Have you tried the Aguilar Tone Hammer? Great D.I. for recording as well as performing live and has wonderful EQ and can give anywhere between clean tone and overdrive growl.
     
  18. Snakeman1066

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    Sansamp Tech21 RPM

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    sweepable, semi-parametric EQ and variable gain! awesome Pre-amp

    or the Sansamp PSA

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    BBE Bmax (very transparent)

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  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Find a used Pope MP-1.
     
  20. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

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    Forget the rack mount requirement and get an Aguilar Tone Hammer. It just works.
     
  21. johnpbass

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    +1. Tone Hammer or, as dunnie suggested earlier, Eden WTDI.
     

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