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Mike Pope rack preamp - anyone tried it out?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HeavyJazz, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I love the features of this pre, but given the price tag it's only sensible to tap the masses for a historic user. To those of you who use or have used it, what are your thoughts?
  2. Yes. They are very good. Expensive, but very good.
  3. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I spotted a floor unit version awhile back... Do those still exist?
  4. Floor unit like the RMI Basswitch? I've never seen this. I've only seen the racks.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mike comments to this thread before long.
  5. unlined4string

    unlined4string Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Baltimore County, Md.
    I think the floor (or desktop) unit is called the Mitre Box. I recall Brad Johnson posted that he has one.
  6. Ah yes. It's not a floor unit. It's a stripped down pre. I never used one. It's not even mentioned on his site so I doubt it available.
  7. I wish the MPP1 was available in a floor model.
  8. unlined4string

    unlined4string Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Baltimore County, Md.
    As to the question of how the MPP-1 sounds, I have used it quite a bit for live and recording, and I like it.

    My impression is that it is transparent. It doesn't add much coloration to the sound of the bass even when using the onboard tone shaping features. Whether that will work for you depends on the basses you're playing and your tone goals.

    It's not a preamp to choose because you want the preamp to impart a certain characteristic "baked in" tone. It's one to choose because you really like the sound of your bass as is, and you don't want the preamp to mess it up.
  9. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Not sure, but I would love to get a floor unit. Mike Pope not only a great bassist but an amazing knowledge of electronics.
  10. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    Mike has stopped building the excellent MPP1....
    As for a floor preamp, the Basswitch is definitely as great sounding and built as the Pope rack stuff!
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    That's a great summation of how my Mitre Box works. It let's everything I plug in sound like it sounds, just bigger. Transparent AND full. It doesn't mess it up.

    It has all of the connectivity I need in a small 1/2 rack width package. This combined with a nice high powered power amp in head format would be hard to beat. I think I've mentioned that to him a couple of times.

    I think Mike made two of these. Here's the unicorn on a gig last week with my Clarus 4 Series 2, Glasstone Lil G neo 2-12 and two of my Brubaker sixes... sounded amazing.

  12. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Yeah, I used to own one. I think I was one of his first retail customers. In fact, the one on his website and in his ad on these pages is the one I used to own! It is, without a doubt, one of the BEST rack Pre's on the planet! It's super flexible and very transparent if you need it to be. That's probably the one piece of gear I wish I still had. I was going through my "I need a rack full of gear to sound & look like a pro" phase. Unfortunately, as soon as that phase was over, I sold everything in that rack. I do miss it. They are definitely NOT cheap, but it is money well spent...

    Here's my rig from back in the day, before the other gear started getting crammed into the rack(I had to buy a bigger rack for the crossover, the compressor, and the maximizer the eventually found its way in there...I couldn't keep schlepping that rack after I filled it up, so I dumped it all and bought a Genz Benz Shuttlemax 12.0)
    If I'm not mistaken, I think I sold mine to unlined4string! Glad it's treating you well!:hyper: