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rackmount tube preamps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Jan 18, 2006.


  1. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    anyone have any suggestions? looking to pick one up pretty soon.
     
  2. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    also anyone know where i can find a power conditioner/tuner?? website?
     
  3. quallabone

    quallabone

    Aug 2, 2003
    Aguilar 659 if you can find one.
     
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I'm digging my Ashdown RPM1 a ton. Just with a single 12x7, but it is very versatile.

    You are welcome to come try it out if you are interested.

    Peace,
    Adam
     
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Eden Navigator. The more I play through mine, the more infatuated with it I become. It is nice and transparent (probably the most transparent pre I've ever owned) and it lets my basses sound the way they should sound as opposed to sounding like the preamp (i.e., my Stingray sounds like a Stingray and my Spector sounds like a Spector - very little coloring from the pre).

    The number of available tone adjustments is great as well, as is the compressor which is the finiest on-board compressor I've ever played through.

    Can't say enough about it - it's worth saving up for, for sure.
     
  6. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I recommend that you buy an Ampeg SVP-CL...
     
  7. There's just been a similar thread, only without the requirement for being rackmount. But since almost all preamps mentioned there are rackmount, you might want to check there.
     
  8. chucko58

    chucko58

    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I've tried a few. I didn't care for the Ampeg SVP-BSP, it's designed for a different tone than I was seeking. I had an SWR Grand Prix for a while. It worked well, but the tone I was looking for was just out of reach.

    My current pre is a Demeter HBP-1. I love the tone and the flexibility.
     
  9. DEVILMAN

    DEVILMAN

    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...Kern...

    ~S~

    PS: Eden Navigator "has" a tube, but it's worthless in the final contributing sound...
     
  10. DB5

    DB5

    Jul 3, 2001
    Austin Texas

    +1 :bassist:
     
  11. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    If you can find a Read Purity, you won't be disappointed...:bassist:
     
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    What's your budget? Boutique tube preamps can be pretty spendy (street price of $600 and up).
     
  13. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    FWIW, I have a number of tube preamps ranging from Ampeg SVP-Pro to Read Purity. They all sound good in their own way. What sound are you looking for?
     
  14. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Some tube preamps that I own and can vouch for include the following:

    Aguilar DB 659
    Aguilar DB 680
    Alembic F-1X
    Ashdown EVOII RPM-1
    Ashdown RPM-1 John Entwistle Signature Preamp
    Demeter HBP-1
    Demeter VTBP-201s
    Eden Navigator
    Fender TBP-1
    Hughes & Kettner Fortress
    Kern IP-777
    Peavey TMP-1
    Read Purity
    Skjold Pro Sound prototype tube preamp
    Summit Audio TD-100
    The Low End True Voice
    Trace Elliot GP12 SMX
    Trace Elliot GP12 XV

    Lots of variation among these preamps, and some (e.g. Kern) are very responsive to tube changes while others (e.g. the Eden, as mentioned my DM) are not responsive at all to tube changes. But I think that all of the above are viable preamps with their own strong points. [Edit: the Alembic F-2B is another great choice.]

    Tom.
     
  15. ashbory

    ashbory

    Jun 13, 2000
    The Hammer
    Wouldn't it be easier to just list the two that you don't own :bag:
     
  16. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Which two? :p
     
  17. quallabone

    quallabone

    Aug 2, 2003
    SWR I.O.D. and the Fodera Rackmount prototype.
     
  18. Jonesy4fnk

    Jonesy4fnk Supporting Member


    +1 for the Demeter HBP-1 (or the VTBP-201s)

    But I also have the Ampeg SVP-Pro, for that growl tone, and I love it. Its the opposite end of the tonal spectrum as the Demeter....but both are great tube preamps IMO.