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Should I buy the Aguilar Tone Hammer preamp?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Igor Porto, Apr 4, 2014.


  1. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto

    Mar 6, 2013
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    Master Luthier
    Hi TBers!

    I have a Sansamp Acoustic DI for the last 10 years that I like very much.

    But I have been GASing for some time now, to buy an Aguilar Tone Hammer preamp.

    What do you guys think, has anyone compared it to the Sansamp? Will I benefit from the Aguilar? Or is it just exchanging six for half a dozen?

    What about the Eden preamp pedal?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jeff Scott

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

    Just go whole hog and get a Tone Hammer 500, you will be glad you did. You will get an amazing sounding preamp that just happens to come with a really loud 500 power amp attached to it. :bassist:
     
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  4. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto

    Mar 6, 2013
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    Master Luthier
    I wish I could, but I can't afford it right now... plus I would have to get a cabinet too!
     
  5. DrDAV14

    DrDAV14 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Houston,Tx
    Love mine. If you do a lot of DI work, its a great addition.
     
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  6. Jeff Scott

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

    Do you have any photo of your custom shop basses?
     
  7. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto

    Mar 6, 2013
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    Master Luthier
    Yes. Should I post here?
     
  8. Jeff Scott

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

  9. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto

    Mar 6, 2013
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    Master Luthier
    OK Jeff, just a teaser! I'll PM you more links.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jeff Scott

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

    Very cool with the maple neck binding. :cool:
     
  11. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto

    Mar 6, 2013
    Disclosures:
    Master Luthier
    Well, I just went nuts and bought a Aguilar Tone Hammer and a Eden WTDI preamp! Now I got my three favorites! Only need a Fodera pedal now to complete the collection.

    Reviews, recordings and comparisons will be made and posted on TB!
     
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  12. bradjonesbass

    bradjonesbass Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    My Tonehammer is my favorite DI, and I've had quite a few notable ones.
     
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  13. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2014
    I took delivery on my Tone Hammer pre/DI and TLC compressor today and spent about an hour with them just now through my Yamaha mixer and MDR-V6 phones. I don't have much to compare them to, but the adjectives "full, natural, clean and tasteful" come to mind. There's nothing gimmicky about them; they just seem very solid and straightforward. I'll need to spend more time exploring boost/cut combinations, but I found great tones right out of the box.
     
  14. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    It's hard to be the TH. I had the para driver and found it to be a good for other things besides bass. I love the TH DI for everything bass related. I sold my TH500 and kept the pedal!
     
  15. How much do the TH DI usually go for used?
     
  16. You should start a thread in the Bass Guitar forum.
     
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  17. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I have a TH DI. It smokes. Great sound.
     
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  18. xroads

    xroads

    Nov 6, 2012
    Go for it - it's a great preamp that I use for recording, straight to PA, or if I am in the mood, into the return channel of any power amp.
    Very versatile with great sound .
     
  19. gully_jones

    gully_jones Stone cold groovy man Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Have both the Tone Hammer and the WDTI. Slight edge to the TH. Considering the JHS Colour Box when its available.
     
  20. Jetrider79

    Jetrider79

    Jul 30, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    was able to win a bid on a TH DI pedal on ebay barely used for $130.00 shipped.

    Looking forward to adding this to my rig.
     
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  21. hover

    hover

    Oct 4, 2008



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