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Read Purity Pre chrome face $750

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by mr.redpants, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    It greatly pains me to post this great unit FS. It has been played little over the last 2-3 years.
    Superb shape, as new condition. Please read the reviews on TB and elsewhere. Currently has a telefunken nos in the first position. Sounds awesome to my ears.
    I'm the original owner - I've gone back and forth on passing this on, but I've played it so little lately and given some medical developments need the money and need to thin the gear.
    No trades right now.
    Thanks - pm for pics.
  2. jbares

    jbares Ragin'Cajun Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2003
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Smoking tube pre here folks. Not as dry as the Demeter with a little wet/ 3 dimensional punchy warm and extremely musical...miss mine!
  3. cubanz

    cubanz Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    I have the chrome face and I love it! I have a PDF of the manual thanks to a fellow TBer. PM me if you're interested in it. Thanks to the manual I discovered that the Bass flat setting is 9 o'clock, Low Mid 3 o'clock, High Mid 3 o'clock, Treble 12 o'clock - whodathunkit? With my Fender Precision Deluxe I leave the Read flat and use the bass's controls to get what I need which is never much. It's called Purity for a reason. Put a good bass through it and you get good bass. Someone's gonna be happy! GLWTS
  4. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Arguably the best bass preamp available. Certainly among the very best any way you want to slice it. Yes, someone's going to be mucho happy, indeed!
  5. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    pics attached
    My skill set doesn't include photographing chrome - pm me for more.

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  6. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    skill set improving

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  7. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    still available
  8. How does this compare in output level to the Demeter VTBP-201S?

    One thing I am curious about -- these both do not have balanced line level outputs. Can anyone explain why that is?
  9. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    In answer to the first question, about the same I think. I haven't owned both at once (though I have owned both).

    The second ?, I can't knowledgably answer that....
  10. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    I think the XLR is a balances line-level output. That's how I connected the pre to my power amp when I owned the Read.
  11. Dee-man

    Dee-man Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Or just use the line out with a balanced 1/4 plug/cable.

    The reason the 1/4 out is unbalanced may be because it is line level, not instrument level and, as I understand it (but I don't know why), line level 1/4 outs are unbalanced (while instrument level outs are balanced).

    But, the real point is that this is an awesome pre (and somewhat "collectible," I'd say, since it's a prototype) and someone should snag it.
  12. FBassed

    FBassed Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    Riverside County, CA
    With all due respect, I would find something else to sell first.

    Absolutely ROCKS a Berg IP thru the line out with adj level DI to the house. I play mostly with the EQ bypassed. Love that switch. Sweet, purely awesome pre.

    Have a Kern and a Demeter as well. The Read's my personal favorite.
  13. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    back to the top
  14. Dee-man

    Dee-man Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Free bump. Don't sell this, but if you do, my original offer's still good. :D
  15. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    Still available . . . .
  16. maisbass

    maisbass Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    Please don't sell this! You are making a huge mistake!!!! An amazing pre!!!! I almost did and a few TB'ers here talked me off the ledge. I'm glad I kept it. Now, If anyone tried to take mine, they would have to pry it out of my Kung Fu Grip! LOL!

    Also, to clear something up. Line level 1/4" outputs are not necesarily unbalanced, in fact they are usually balanced in the pro audio field. The question is, is it true balanced? In other words, is the AC voltage divided up evenly on the tip and ring equalling 1.227 Volts, or is all the voltage on the tip of the TRS connection, which is not true balanced, even though some manufacturers claim it to be. Instrument connections are usually unbalanced (TS connections).

    The Read XLR out is a balanced out as indicated in the manual. The Balanced XLR out and the Line out is fed from the 12AU7 tube in the pre. The XLR out is isolated by a transformer so you have level control to front of house.

    Also, Jack indicates in the manual that the XLR out is balanced, but does not specify what the line out is. Typically in guitar and bass preamps, the line out would be an unbalanced (TS) connection. But please don't assume every time you see a 1/4" line out connection it is unbalanced. In fact, its quite possible that the Line out is balanced on the Read Pre, but Jack failed to indicate it in the manual. I never opened my Read pre up to confirm if its balanced or not. Whatever the case, this is definitely not a deal breaker. I use a TS cable from the line out into my Crest Pro lite amp and it sounds wonderful, and I have PLENTY of volume.

    Hope this clears some things up. In any event, this is an amazing pre which rivals my Monique pre. I've said it many times before here. I really hope you change your mind and keep it. I still use mine for certain gigs, and basically just use the emphasis knob, and deep switch, and I bypass the eq. Tonal bliss!

  17. Afc70

    Afc70 Modern praise for The Ancient of Days! Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas
    Pm sent
  18. Dietz


    Sep 3, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Wow, didn't expect to see this thread revived. I love my Read Purity!
  19. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002
    ...and still available...make me an offer.
  20. mr.redpants


    Feb 6, 2002