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2nd Preamp Suggestion?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Malachi71, Sep 22, 2008.


  1. Malachi71

    Malachi71

    Oct 11, 2007
    I have a Yamaha PB1 and am looking for another preamp either as a backup or main. I like the tone and flexibility of PB1 very much but I am having difficulty deciding on whether to get another PB1, Ashly BP-41E, Alembic F-1X, or some other preamp. I'm willing to spend $200 or less. Suggestions and recommendations welcome.
     
  2. All of those are good choices. I've seen BBE 383 for around $100 on the bay. I have an Ashley, but you would have to pry it from my cold dead fingers - they don't come up very often. I think there is an FX-1 on the TB classifieds now (but at $450). Or I could let go of my PB1 :)
     
  3. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    For a backup I got a Peavey MAX hybrid (tube and SS sides, blendable and footswitchable) preamp for around $180 that could do the tones of my Alembic F1-X and was more flexible as well. So I sold my Alembic and ended up about $270 ahead... I've seen a few other Peavey preamps that warrant looking into as well. One was in the CLASSIFIEDS but just sold.
     
  4. Malachi71

    Malachi71

    Oct 11, 2007
    Maybe my decision could be made a little easier if TB'ers could chime in and talk about the tones produced by the Ashly BP-41E, Alembic F-1X, BBE 383, or any other preamp they want to mention.

    Has anyone on TB done a shootout with the PB1, BP-41E, and the F-1X? The PB1 and the BP-41E seem to have similar features but I realize they may totally different tones.

    I know with the PB1 the sound is clean and warm for S.S. I like the flexibililty of the parametric eq with the Q control and the biamp capabilities are an added bonus. Mids can be accentuated but not in an SVT-like tone. Mids have some burp and a little bite.
     

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