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Ebay Preamp system should I buy it or not?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by InsaneBassninja, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. InsaneBassninja

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    If the first thing in your signal chain sucks, there isn't much you can do to fix it.

    I would rather stay passive than to use an $8.63 preamp.
  3. scowboy

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    It's $9 what do you have to loose except $9 and some time.

    For a real preamp $200 buys quite a lot though.
  4. hdracer

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    If you have $200 to spend, find a good take out in the classifieds.
    There are some great ones at good prices now.
    You need to figure out the sound you want first but that is why used is best. If you do not like it you can sell it for about what you paid for it.
  5. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Supporting Member

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    It is $9 but it is coming from China so it may or may not make it through customs.
  6. kohntarkosz

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    It costs $8 and comes from China.... seems legit!
  7. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    If you have $200 to spend on a preamp then I would look at the Audere preamps. They are very good for the price and have excellent reviews. I would be a bit wary of a $9 preamp!

    http://www.audereaudio.com/Pro_Z.htm
  8. SeanNeedham

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    Probably not going to set the world on fire with that, but for the price of a few pints of beer it may not a bad thing to put in a project bass to see if you could live with an active system or not before spending large on a decent one.
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    A $9 no name pre-amp isn't worth the time or effort.
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  11. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

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    Consider having someone wire you up one of these or this one if you're not up to it yourself.
  12. Funkinthetrunk

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    That about how much most preamps should really cost...at least in parts, that is.
  13. mjac28

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

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    I wonder how many people would swear how good it sounded if it had another name on it?.
  14. AdamR

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    If I were looking for pre with a $200 budget I wouldnt be looking at a $9 part being sold by a company that also sell beard and mustache trimmers.
  15. kohntarkosz

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    +1.

    Ideally build one from a kit or a simple schematic at that price. Swallow the labour costs.
  16. rojo412

    rojo412 You're entering a world of bass... Supporting Member

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    While I am a gear snob and have my doubts, the risk of $9 for what could turn out to be a decent preamp isn't bad. Yeah, it may be terrible and then you only have $191 to spend on a good preamp...
    But what if it's the best $9 you ever spent?
    There's a good chance it won't be, but for $9, it's not a bad risk*

    (*=assuming you do your own wiring and don't pay to have someone install it. And it shouldn't require any routing or damage to the instrument as well, for my statements to be true.)
  17. InsaneBassninja

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    My father is a electrician and computer programmer but that's besides that i'll let him do it.
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    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    9 bucks? go for it. no one knows if it sounds good or not. if you don't like it sell it on chinese ebay.
  20. InsaneBassninja

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    works for me. Am not sure yet I'll let you know.

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