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Recommended tube preamp <$350?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by chuck norriss, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    Is there such a thing?
    I'm running to an ada ss power amp to 410 cab.
    Or do I just go with another micro genz head or other head?
  2. ThisBass

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    second hand
  3. eyeballkid

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    you can sometimes find some ampeg preamps for that used... usually its the older blue font models.
  4. bassgod0dmw

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    You might be able to find an Ampeg SVP-CL for around that, possibly a little more. It's an awesome preamp.
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't mind ampeg. Thanks.

    Anything else?
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  7. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Fender TBP-1
    Ampeg SVT-IIP (in the classifieds right now for $225)
    Ampeg SVP-Pro
    Eden Navigator

    You're probably not gonna find these for less than $400, but:
    Alembic F1X
    Demeter
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    The Ampeg SVT IIP is great if you can find one in your budget and has the best signal to noise, if you don't need the overdrive function that the later Ampeg pre's have built in that is.:bassist:
  9. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    The SVP Pro has that nasty 10-band EQ, a mess of solid state crap in an otherwise all tube circuit, sounds better with the EQ bypassed. The SVP-CL has no graphic EQ, should be less expensive, but who knows. I got mine off a friend for $300, best money I've ever spent.
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    An even cheaper solution could be an Eden WTDI.
    A great preamp with DI and Eden sound in a small package.

    Stupid I am, Dang, no tubes in the WTDI :D
  12. kingmusicism

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    Eden, Demeter, or my fave, Alembic F1-X. I think only the Demeter is all tube
  13. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    This crossed my mind too. It's not a bad idea.
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  15. chuck norriss

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    should work just fine.
  17. mikeddd

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    The PreSonus Studio Channel is also very nice.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/presonus-studio-channel-tube-channel-strip

    I like it better than the Demeter HBP-1 which is too sterile for me. My current love though is the Fender TBP-1 which I bought used here on TB. It does 99% of what I want, but I'm an old-school Motown and classic rock sound kinda guy. IMO if you can find a used TBP-1 that would be a superb place to start for you. Or just buy the Studio Channel now. Note: The SC has a hundred knobs and they are all useful. You WILL have to tweak to get the sound you want, but it's a great piece of gear.
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    The SVT-CL is what I originally wanted, but couldn't find one at the time I bought the Fender TBP-1. Would still like to try it someday, though. :ninja:
  19. chuck norriss

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    The fender is $,$$$. Sounds good.
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    The SVT-IIP from the classifieds now belongs to me :) . And yes they are awesome pre's.

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