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Once and For All: Yamaha PB-1 or Sansamp RBI?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by viper jazz, Apr 15, 2004.


  1. viper jazz

    viper jazz Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    I know that cheap preamps have been discusssed extensively in the past, and it seems like two of the clear winners are the Yamaha PB1 and Sansamp RBI.

    Both are in a similar price range, and both seem to have practically nothing but postitive feedback written about them. So if they're facing off in a high-noon, lead-slinging Bass-Off for world supremacy, who would win? Thanks for your input!
     
  2. I tried both and personally prefer the Yamaha due to its integrated parametric eq. The sound shaping is just so very nice,and it's a workhorse, the poor man's alembic. For a more modern style I'd chose the RBI
     
  3. MascisMan

    MascisMan

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Dont forget the BBE BMax. I chose the BMax over the RBI.
     
  4. doc540

    doc540

    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Jury's still out.

    I just sold my PB-1 for a Tech21 RB1.

    Chuck Levin's sells new Tech21's for $255. :eek:
     
  5. K-Frog

    K-Frog

    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA

    If cost is a concern, the Yamaha is usually about half the $ of the RBI.
     
  6. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    The Republic of Texas
    2nd that BMAX recommendation.

    Best preamp for the money.

    Check out clips on BassTasters.

    Can be found cheaper than the RBI.
     
  7. MascisMan

    MascisMan

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
  8. ESP-LTD

    ESP-LTD

    Sep 9, 2001
    Idaho
    I paid $80 I believe for my Yamaha.
     
  9. MascisMan

    MascisMan

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I was referring to my BBE preamp
     
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  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I found a PB1 a couple of weeks ago for $45. Now I have two I don't really need;)