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New Preamp in my Cirrus?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rolleharris, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. rolleharris


    Nov 10, 2002
    Falun Sweden
    I need to do something about my Peavey Cirrus. I like the way it feels and plays. I like the way it sound acoustic but i dont like the sound of it when it is amplified. So i have figured out that the problem is the preamp. I dont like the way the EQ controls behave and i am now thingking about getting a new preamp for it. So now i need some help. What preamp do u guys think my Cirrus needs??


    Nov 25, 2007
    I'm thinking about the Glockenlang in my Cirrus BXP. But mine sounds great!! I really
    enjoy the sound of the existing preamp. I am just wanting to see how the Glock 3 band
    preamp sounds, and how much better it make the bass. Now I have heard this preamp
    in two different basses and it really impressed me there is a warmth that it provides with
    a certain low end tightness. Good luck man.
  3. Jeffrey A-Bomb

    Jeffrey A-Bomb Drink Coffee & Destroy Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    I've always felt the cirrus sounded best w/ the onboard eq set flat.
  4. bottomzone


    Oct 21, 2005

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    +1. The blend has more of a profound effect, IMO. More than a handful of owners, though, have upgraded to the Millenium pre with sweepable mids. IIRC, its a fairly inexpensive modification.

  6. MyUsernameHere

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    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    Is your Cirrus an US or BXP? They have the same pups, but use a different pre. The US pre (regular or custom shop version) is a big improvement over the BXP.
    If your bass isn't an US model from the custom shop you might want to install the custom shop Cirrus (US Millennium bass) pre. It's a three band with sweepable mids that most people are happy with when they make the switch. It also only costs something like $55 in parts and the only modification needed to install it is a slight enlargement of the hole for the mid pot to accommodate a stacked mid knob.
  7. rolleharris


    Nov 10, 2002
    Falun Sweden

    Its a US Cirrus. Yeah i am thinking about switching to the custom shop preamp with the sweepeble mids
  8. +1 to that. I just did that to my USA Cirrus (the preamp died... :bawl:). I was surprised on how inexpensive the new preamp was.

    I'm also a big fan of keeping the eq fairly even, but boosted slightly. I actually keep all the eq controls at about the "7" possition. This enables me to hit the front end of my tube pre a little harder and get that slight growl. Plus it lets me utalize the sweepable mids to tweek my tone for the room.
  9. mantelclock


    Jul 19, 2005
    I don't know how long you've had your Cirrus, or how many different strings you've tried, but I would experiment with different strings or other parts of your signal chain before changing the preamp. The Cirrus preamp even without the mid sweep (which I have on a Millennium +) is extremely versatile, and very sensitive.
  10. I've got Cirrus and Millennium basses with both pre-amps, but I still leave them EQ'd flat. I like the natural tone and typically only boost the EQ for additional volume for soloing these days.
  11. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Zooberwerx has it right,just get the Millenium preamp.The sweepable mids can make a big difference on the tone.You'll have to change knobs too but the preamp's under $60 so with the knobs it still won't cost much.
  12. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    I thought the preamp was the weak point of the cirrus that I tried.

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