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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. 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.
  2. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Sacramento area
    It's $9 what do you have to loose except $9 and some time.

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


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    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.
  4. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    It is $9 but it is coming from China so it may or may not make it through customs.
  5. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    It costs $8 and comes from China.... seems legit!
  6. 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!

  7. 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.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    A $9 no name pre-amp isn't worth the time or effort.
  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Consider having someone wire you up one of these or this one if you're not up to it yourself.
  10. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    That about how much most preamps should really cost...at least in parts, that is.
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I wonder how many people would swear how good it sounded if it had another name on it?.
  12. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    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.
  13. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

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

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    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.)
  15. My father is a electrician and computer programmer but that's besides that i'll let him do it.
  16. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    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.
  17. works for me. Am not sure yet I'll let you know.