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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Jan 18, 2006.
anyone have any suggestions? looking to pick one up pretty soon.
also anyone know where i can find a power conditioner/tuner?? website?
Aguilar 659 if you can find one.
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.
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.
I recommend that you buy an Ampeg SVP-CL...
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.
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.
PS: Eden Navigator "has" a tube, but it's worthless in the final contributing sound...
If you can find a Read Purity, you won't be disappointed...
What's your budget? Boutique tube preamps can be pretty spendy (street price of $600 and up).
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?
Some tube preamps that I own and can vouch for include the following:
Aguilar DB 659
Aguilar DB 680
Ashdown EVOII RPM-1
Ashdown RPM-1 John Entwistle Signature Preamp
Hughes & Kettner Fortress
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.]
Wouldn't it be easier to just list the two that you don't own
SWR I.O.D. and the Fodera Rackmount prototype.
+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.
1 more vote for the Kern.