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Preamp Decision

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DagoMaino, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    Alright! I'm switching from a SVT 4Pro set up to an preamp pedal/amp rig for both cost and versatility. The two main cabinets that I use are an Ampeg SVT 810 and an Ampeg PR-410.

    Please keep it to the short list or something that fits the bill.

    - Be able to drive an amp
    - DI out
    - Good tone stack!

    Wants: In order.
    - Selectable gain stage or second channel.
    - Tuner out.
    - Tube
    - Gate and/or compression

    I'd like to keep it in the $300 and under range. If I go above that then I might as well get the Meatsmoke I will want eventually.

    Short list:
    Aguilar ToneHammer
    Darkglass B7K
    Eden WTDI
    Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe
    Sadowski Preamp (I'd likely just build a clone to try)

    Any feedback or other suggestions? (please keep it to applicable qualifications and price range).

    Also, I have an MXR M80. I like it but it goes somewhere else in my arsenal and I don't want another.
  2. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    If you liked the Ampeg sound, the VT deluxe would be my first choice. The tone hammer and Eden are nice too, just a completely different tone. Never tried the Darkglass or Sadowski though.
  3. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    I will likely buy a VT deluxe eventually regardless of which I get now just for those scenarios where I want good simple rock tone and leave my pedal board at home. My initial goal is versatility though because I use my pedal board quite often right now for a range of music. So far the ToneHammer is probably edging out the others.
  4. yaksonator

    yaksonator Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    Branson, MO
    You ever consider the 3leaf enabler? It's probably the most transparent of the bunch you listed though. But it can most definitely drive a power amp, 3band eq, and mid switch.
  5. Maybe the new EBS Valvedrive DI? Hasn't been released yet so some of the details are sketchy.
  6. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I was going to recommend the VT Deluxe if having dual channel/gain staging is that importnant, you can actually use the effects loop to be a tuner out if you so desired. Definitely drives an amp. Obviously it does not have the ability to turn off speaker sim, which might be less desirable as a preamp to an amp to a cab. The VT DI maybe?
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Meatsmoke Tube Pre now you can close the thread sir and you're welcome :) don't settle I think they still may be on sale.
  8. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    What is this sale that you speak of?
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I would completely recommend the B7K, the only issue is it does not have two channels or a selectable dirt section. However, you can use it as a very close to clean pre and it sounds amazing. Simpy amazing. Im a total DG fanboy, Ill admit. But I stand by and believe in their products. Its not for everyone but it would def be worth checking out. If you dont love it, you wont have a hard time flipping it here. Also recommend the Enabler. Never used it but I hear very good things about it.