Favorite Preamp?????

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by KAOSBass, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. Sansamp

    26 vote(s)
  2. Trace Elloit

    10 vote(s)
  3. Ampeg

    20 vote(s)
  4. Aguilar

    28 vote(s)
  5. Line 6

    1 vote(s)
  6. BBE

    19 vote(s)
  7. SWR

    7 vote(s)
  8. Other

    91 vote(s)
  9. No Preamps, just buy an Amp!!!!

    21 vote(s)
  1. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    vote and tell your experience and or "opinion" :)

    I'll put the brands I can think of you can put the model.
  2. C'mon people...I'm ready to get a new pre and I need to hear some preamp stories...please.
  3. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Once upon a time there was a preamp named "Alembic". He was a happy little preamp because he was so creamy and smooth, the end.
  4. r379


    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    I, too, have an Alembic F1-X which I love. I doubt (Sure, I say that now.) that I will ever part with it. I also have an Aguilar DB659 which I have decided is just a bit too hi-fi for me so I may very well replace it with an Ampeg of some sort. Probably an SVP Pro.

    Why is it I seem to have an affinty with preamps which begin with "A"? Is there a pattern emerging here?

    P.S. I didn't vote. I can't make up my mind.
  5. True Voice preamp, that's all I have to say :)
  6. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Avalon U5 recommended by Mikebass!!! (little inside joke), Serrioiusly I love mine, Just gobs of good tone, and no messin with a bunch of knobs!
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Ampeg SVP-PRO. Cheap, tubey, multiple preamp outs, DI out, simple enough that it sounds great flat, while having enough knobs that if I have a twiddle attack, I can start spinning and sliding willy nilly.
  8. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas

  9. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
  10. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    It was a tough call for me between TE and SWR. I had to give it to SWR by a nose, although I've only tried the GP12SMX. The V-Type sounds like it might be a good balance between what I'm used to out of both.

    I've been really digging on the Electric Blue as a preamp for the last few months (and even more now that it's going through an NV610), although lately I've really been wishing I hadn't sold my IOD.
  11. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Out of my mind, back in 5 minutes! Supporting Member

    Mine is the Glockenklang - totally uncolored, fast, and true to the sound of the bass. Can't ask for anything more!

    Dan K.
  12. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've only tried 3:
    BBE BMax
    BBE BMax-T
    Fender TBP-1

    All of them are great preamps, they sound better than all of the heads i've used before. I prefer the tube preamps. So the Bmax-T and Fender get my vote.

    Take care...
  13. jpo259


    Feb 2, 2005
    Corona, CA
    Me likes me Demeter HBP-1!!
  14. prockenklang


    May 22, 2003
    1)Millennia STT-1

    2)Millennia TD-1

    3)Glockenklang BassArt Classic
  15. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    wow, that's like asking which of your kids is your fav. :smug:

    but as of now, in the jokey stable:

    1. Kern IP-777
    2. Aguilar DB680
    3. Epifani Quest II
    4. Avalon U5
    5. Presonus Eureka

    all killer, yet do different things, and still, all dear to me. :)

    spam alert!

    btw, have an Alembic F-1X and Demeter VTBP-201s for sale soon. lemme know if y'all are interested...
  16. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    I like vintage tone. My favourite preamp would be the Intersound IVP.
    Remember them?
  17. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Demeters sound nice to me.