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Pick a preamp for me

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Akito, Apr 24, 2005.

Which preamp would you pick?

Poll closed May 1, 2005.
  1. Aguilar DB 680

  2. Ashdown RPM-1

  3. Read Purity

  4. Kern IP-777

    0 vote(s)
  5. Avalon U5

  6. Other (please elaborate!)

  1. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    I'm building a pre/power rack and I have access to a few solid state power amps to try out, so that's not going to be as much of an issue as the pre. I haven't played an Aguilar, but they have a very good rep. I have a serious desire to try the Ashdown RPM-1, but they seem a bit harder to come by.
    Feel free to toss in your suggestions on a pre not listed here.
    I play mostly rock with some funk, dance and the occasional jazz. I really would like a pre that also records very well, and that would sound good with my modest computer studio. BTW my cabs are currently a Schroeder 1210 and an Accugroove Tri 210L, if that makes any difference to anyone in their suggestions.
  2. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    I voted for the Purity.

    It is a very versatile preamp.

    The 680 or 659 are also very good.

    The U5 is up there as well, but not as versatile as the aforementioned ones.

    I love the sound of my Demeter VTBP-201S as well.
    It is not as versatile as the Purity and 680, but it has it's own unique virtues, esp. with better tubes.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Where's the Navigator?
  4. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004
    Ever try a GK? Will work for all the settings you listed.

    Mine goes from Warm to Hi-Fi to Old-School to Sterile. And I just got the thing yesterday.

    Maybe a Sansamp RBI will work for you? I (and many others here) love the BDDI, the stomp-box version of the RBI without a mid control.

    The Sansamp does a tube-like tone well enough, but won't do typical "Solid State" in my limited experience. It definately has its own tonal characteristics that you may like.
  5. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    I wanted to limit the poll to the premps I am most interested in, but suggestions like the Eden, Demeter, and Sansamp are welcome.
  6. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    I should look around and see if I can locate a GK here in town that I can check out. I actually have access to a Sansamp RBI and plan on putting it through it's paces.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    OK, I suggest the Navigator.
  8. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Aguilar rulz. The best tone ever.
  9. remo


    Jan 15, 2005
    SanSamp RBI. Not the same "boutique" appeal as the other but still has bucketloads of tone!
  10. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I would recommend the DB680. It records well, sounds great live and is has a great eq section. It definitely has a "sound". Everytime I use this to record engineers are amazed by the sound.

    It is hifi without being sterile. IMO all aguilar stuff is a little "mid shy" but with the eq section you can get any sound you want.

    My next recommendation would be a demeter. Different sound, seems more direct than the aguilar.
  11. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Banned

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    I love my Demeter HPB-1


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