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Low End Bass Shop's "True-Voice Preamp (RACK Mount Version)"

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Nov 16, 2005.


  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    sooooo, anyone get to try one of the bad puppy's?

    simple, straightforward, and kinda ridiculous, all at the same time! kinda like me. :) just look at that crazy tube in the back~!

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  2. getz76

    getz76

    Apr 3, 2005
    Hoboken, NJ
    It has got cool knobs and a blue light; it can't be all bad. ;)
     
  3. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I would be so paranoid having that tube stick out the back.

    I'm sure it's tough, or it wouldn't be designed that way....but I'd still be worried a bit... :meh:
     
  4. getz76

    getz76

    Apr 3, 2005
    Hoboken, NJ
    My Kern IP-777 has three sticking out of the back; no worries. :)
     
  5. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I deleted the others and edited this message....I'm too interested in hearing more about this preamp to run the thread into the ground myself

    Were the TV's supposed to be an "transparent" preamp or an accurate tube sound?
     
  6. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    That looks really sick! I love it!
     
  7. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    lmao... ahhhh, i love these forums...
     
  8. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Looks good, but for $749, it had better be DAMN good to be able to compete with units with more tone-shaping capabilities, etc.

    I'd be interested in reading an A/B comparison with other, similarly priced pres.

    Two 1/4 outs, but no effects loop? :confused:
     
  9. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Not a protoype my any means. You can find them on the sale floor of Brians shop. I haven't had the honor of playing through one of the rack mounted versions, but I have played one of the smaller versions. Beleive me those things kick major butt! I've played every bass at The Low End through one of those, a power amp, and a Schroeder 1212 and without a doubt the LowEnd preamps kill!
     
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    beav and anyone else care to comment on their sound? fat, deep Kern like? or hi-semper-fi Demeter like?
     
  11. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Fat and warm. I generally like a deep gritty sound, but I really dig it. I like the bass boost switch.
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I have the smaller, "table top" version, of the True Voice. I've been working on a review after trying it with multiple amps/cabs and multiple tubes. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but I like it a lot. If you are into major EQ-ing, it's not for you (though the rack mount is certainly more flexible), but if you want to get your bass' tone, with some musical tube compression and warmth, yet loose no detail - and do this all via a preamp with massive headroom - the TV is a real winner, IMHO.

    Tom.
     
  13. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    i'd be all over that if it weren't for the price. Seems a bit high for something that's put together like that with no labels, a tube hanging out of the back, and very little tone shapping...what makes the price so high? i'd figure they'd be shooting in the 500 range. :confused:
     
  14. getz76

    getz76

    Apr 3, 2005
    Hoboken, NJ
    Knows his market; definitely getting that "super custom put together in a bake-pan" look.
     
  15. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    thx tom,

    i shoulda known you had one! ;) but yea, if i were to get one, i'd definitely add a nice parametric to the mix.
     
  16. Like Tom I also own the smaller "table top" version, which I've acquired at the last Winter NAMM from Brian.
    I used it at several gigs and rehearsals with an Acoustic Image SA, and this unit does what Brian intended; it enables you to hear the "true voice" of your bass.
     
  17. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    First I would like to say thanks for the interest in the LowEnd Preamp. The preamp is designed to give you what you plug into it with the addition of warmth in which the Tube provides. All tubes sound very different, but many times with all the eq on Preamp and the small 12ax7 most use, you hear very little difference plus the fact the bass itself being changed tonally by the preamp eq. Very few know what their instrument actually sounds like which is many times the problem they have and frustration with knowing what to change in equipment when not satisfied. No matter if you are paying 1000 or 6000 dollars for a bass, if you really want to hear your bass its tough with most pre’s because of all the eq most Preamp have. The True-Voice Preamp is an audiophile preamp built one at a time. And as for the pricing, sorry, but there isn’t much profit at all in these Preamp, and three + years of work. We build them in batch’s of 5 units at a time. These are not manufactured by any means and the components are top notch!! The Small desktop unit is in the price range someone posted above and the Rack unit is a little more. Since we build these one at a time and they are not manufactured like pretty much all other units, we do a lot of custom features for people. The Rack unit pictured is the New Look and New case’s are just bought. I also have a Face lift on the Small units which will be seen soon as well as the All Tube Studio Head that will probably be complete and ready for Winter NAMM.


    Thanks for the Interest again and the support...... I'll be the first to say its not for everyone, but I love it and thats why I started building them!
     
  18. spooner2112

    spooner2112

    May 24, 2004
    Arlington, Va
    I'm intrigued by this, as I've been contemplating upgrading my SVT-3Pro to a pre/power amp set-up.

    My primary gigging bass MIA P, and I just recently purchased a Schroeder 21012 cab. I play in a blues band and a hard rock band. I don't really need or want lots of EQ options; I just want to get that fat P-tone out of my bass.

    Does Brian or anyone have any recommendations for a good "bang for the buck" power amp to complete this proposed rig (True Voice + Schroeder 21012 + power amp)?
     
  19. Guys, don't worry about the tube sticking out the back. Its rack mountable. Put it in a rack. The tube is relatively protected, and very accessible for replacement when necessary. Just don't store loose stuff (cords, effects, etc) in the rack.

    Randy
     
  20. getz76

    getz76

    Apr 3, 2005
    Hoboken, NJ
    Some good suggestions here:

    Recent Power Amp Thread