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FS: Aguilar DB659 Rack-mount Tube Preamp

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by jondiener, Sep 25, 2008.


  1. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    ITEM SOLD - 10/11/08

    Here's a babied Aguilar DB659 tube pre up for grabs. I purchased this from TBer Brandon Stroy about 5 years ago, and it has lived in my rack ever since. A majority of its time in my possession has been in smoke-free home practice space, with about a dozen trips out of the house to mostly wedding gigs and a few club gigs. I am not actively playing in a band, so I'm simplifying my rig and can use the cash.

    Everything is in perfect working order, and excellent cosmetic shape. There are the usual minor scrapes around the mounting holes and a couple small areas on the bottom that were scratched from mounting in the rack. Other than that, everything is spiffy looking. The power cord is also included.

    The DB 659 is the “Aguilar sound” in one rack space. Using two 12AX7’s, the DB 659 packs the punch of a heavyweight in the frame of a flyweight. Descended from the acclaimed DB 680, the DB 659 shares much of the sonic signature in a user-friendly, diminutive package. The DB 659 is equally comfortable on stage or in the studio, providing lush bass sounds with minimal tweaking. Active/Passive inputs: One active and one passive input, for matching with the output gain of your bass. Controls the input gain to the preamp. Deep Switch: The deep switch adds 3db of broad band boost at 30 Hz. This is the instant fatness switch that makes bass sound warm and full. Equalization: Treble: Tube driven shelving type, boosts/cuts up to 12 db. The center frequency is set at 4k Hz. Bass:Tube driven shelving type, boosts/cuts up to 12 db. The center frequency is set at 40 Hz. Midrange:Tube driven shelving centered at 400 Hz. This pot is very smooth and useful for scooping the mids for funk, or adding mids that are clear and musical. Bright Switch: This switch is a passive RC pre-emphasis circuit @ 5-7 kHz. The bright switch will add a brighter timbre to the entire range of your bass. Effects Loop: The Send pot is push/pull for line or instrument level. This allows you to use a studio efx unit (line level) or a stomp box (requires instrument level) in the efx loop. The parallel/series pot is push/pull for parallel or series option. Master Output Control: This pot controls the output level to your power amp. Noise: > -80 db (unweighted) Fuses: One external 1/4 amp slo-blo for 100-120 volt operation, or one 1/8 amp slo-blo for 220-240 VAC operation. Preamp tubes: Two 12AX7s. Power supply: Regulated high voltage plate supply, regulated filament supply for lowest noise. Outputs: Two unbalanced 1/4” outputs, one XLR balanced output with Jensen transformer. Inputs: One active input -39K ohm, one passive input -1meg ohm. EFX Send: Variable send level. EFX Return: One return with -20 db to 0 db compatibility. Weight: 6 lbs. Chassis: Aluminum construction provides sturdiness without excessive weight.

    Looking for $525 + shipping. PayPal or money order accepted. CONUS buyers & shipping only please.

    And now the pix:

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    And the bottom scratches:
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  2. pedroims

    pedroims

    Dec 19, 2007
    Michigan
    I wonder if will be any improvement if I use it with my shutttle 6.0
     
  3. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    Doesn't the Shuttle already have a tube pre? I guess it would work OK in front of the Shuttle. You would probably want to take the out from the DB659 into the power amp input of the Shuttle.
     
  4. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    Weekend bump for the sweet Aguilar tone!
     
  5. speyer

    speyer Supporting Member

    Geez what are ya... a photographer or bass player!?!

    BUMP for a great pre, and cool pics ;)

    EDIT: Just visited your website... and you are indeed both :)
     
  6. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    HaHa! Glad you checked out the website!

    I am truly neither a bass player or a photographer, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

    :bassist:

    Thanks for da bump!
     
  7. i wanna take pictures like that....and use a preamp like that
    too bad I have the money for either.

    That's an awesome look pre though - goodluck with the sale!
     
  8. msquared

    msquared

    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Wasn't Chef looking for one of these?

    Great pre. I loved owning one.
     
  9. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member


    Yep, he was. I contacted him, but I guess he had already found one.

    :meh:
     
  10. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks, coolrunner.

    You know how hard it is fighting bass-related G.A.S., right? Try having that affliction with bass AND photography!!

    Hmmmm. Should I buy that hot bass I just saw on TB, or should I buy that $5k Nikon lens I've been lusting after? Easy. I can't afford either one!

    :meh:
     
  11. 76Dub

    76Dub Guest

    Jul 9, 2008
    You have a PM sir
     
  12. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    Keepin' it up on top...
     
  13. Supertanker

    Supertanker Watch the dog! He is trained to bite!

    Jun 23, 2005
    CinCinNati
    Bump for my fav-or-ite pre...
     
  14. Saluki

    Saluki Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Springfield, IL
    Bass Gear Magazine
    Bump for my preamp. Payment sent!!:bassist:
     
  15. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    And SOLD!!

    :bawl: I'll miss her...
     
  16. jondiener

    jondiener In the corner, staring at phone during break. Gold Supporting Member

    On it's way to Saluki in beautiful Springfield (home of the Simpsons).

    Wow, do you ever run into them?
     
  17. Saluki

    Saluki Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Springfield, IL
    Bass Gear Magazine
    Funny that you say that. There was actually a contest to see which Springfield it was supposed to be the "official" Springfield on the Simpsons and it was not Illinois. It ended up being in some other state.

    That Bart.
     

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