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Preamp Decision

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DagoMaino, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. DagoMaino

    DagoMaino Supporting Member

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    Alright! I'm switching from a SVT 4Pro set up to an preamp pedal/amp rig for both cost and versatility. The two main cabinets that I use are an Ampeg SVT 810 and an Ampeg PR-410.

    Please keep it to the short list or something that fits the bill.

    Needs:
    - Be able to drive an amp
    - DI out
    - Good tone stack!

    Wants: In order.
    - Selectable gain stage or second channel.
    - Tuner out.
    - Tube
    - Gate and/or compression

    I'd like to keep it in the $300 and under range. If I go above that then I might as well get the Meatsmoke I will want eventually.

    Short list:
    Aguilar ToneHammer
    Darkglass B7K
    Eden WTDI
    Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe
    Sadowski Preamp (I'd likely just build a clone to try)

    Any feedback or other suggestions? (please keep it to applicable qualifications and price range).

    Also, I have an MXR M80. I like it but it goes somewhere else in my arsenal and I don't want another.
  2. oldcatfish

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    If you liked the Ampeg sound, the VT deluxe would be my first choice. The tone hammer and Eden are nice too, just a completely different tone. Never tried the Darkglass or Sadowski though.
  3. DagoMaino

    DagoMaino Supporting Member

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    I will likely buy a VT deluxe eventually regardless of which I get now just for those scenarios where I want good simple rock tone and leave my pedal board at home. My initial goal is versatility though because I use my pedal board quite often right now for a range of music. So far the ToneHammer is probably edging out the others.
  4. yaksonator

    yaksonator Supporting Member

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    You ever consider the 3leaf enabler? It's probably the most transparent of the bunch you listed though. But it can most definitely drive a power amp, 3band eq, and mid switch.
  5. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    Maybe the new EBS Valvedrive DI? Hasn't been released yet so some of the details are sketchy.
  6. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

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    I was going to recommend the VT Deluxe if having dual channel/gain staging is that importnant, you can actually use the effects loop to be a tuner out if you so desired. Definitely drives an amp. Obviously it does not have the ability to turn off speaker sim, which might be less desirable as a preamp to an amp to a cab. The VT DI maybe?
  7. mjac28

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

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    Meatsmoke Tube Pre now you can close the thread sir and you're welcome :) don't settle I think they still may be on sale.
  8. MightyMiloQuinn

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  9. DagoMaino

    DagoMaino Supporting Member

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    What is this sale that you speak of?
  10. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    I would completely recommend the B7K, the only issue is it does not have two channels or a selectable dirt section. However, you can use it as a very close to clean pre and it sounds amazing. Simpy amazing. Im a total DG fanboy, Ill admit. But I stand by and believe in their products. Its not for everyone but it would def be worth checking out. If you dont love it, you wont have a hard time flipping it here. Also recommend the Enabler. Never used it but I hear very good things about it.

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