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Sadowsky pre vs. Aguilar DB924 (OBP-1)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Pickebass, Dec 29, 2004.


  1. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Has anyone had a chance to have a direct comparison between the Sadowsky preamp and the aguilar pre? Since these are designed by the same person do they sound the same? Since the OPB1 or DB 924 and the Sadowsky are both boost only at the same frequencies is there any sonic difference?
     
  2. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    Indiana
    at basstasters.com you can listen to both for yourself
     
  3. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Thanks!! Seems that the Sadowsky has a little more of a "passive" sound than the aguilar
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    IMO, both are excellent preamps and I own basses with both preamps.

    The Sadowsky preamp. to me, is clearer. When you boost the bass it's clear & the treble is crystal.

    The OBP-1 is alittle boomier, especially on the bass.
     
  5. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    Indiana
    Nino, thanks for the info.

    Looking at the basses you've built, I was curious why you had used an OPB-1 on some, and Sadowsky on the others.
     
  6. Hrothgar

    Hrothgar Guest

    Sep 22, 2003
    Seattle
    i haven't had any experience with the Sad. but I have the Ag. I'm not sure if it b/c I have Dimarzio Ultra Jazz p/u's (with a really high output), but when I plug in my Ag Pre (with Mike Lull Vintage Passive 4) the sound and volume actually gets almost compressed. I lose my dynamics and high end. I crank the volume on it to 3 'o clock, treble up about the same, and IMO my passive bass sounds like it has more dynamics and room to play without it! :( Bummer... maybe someone could fill me in, otherwise it's going to Ebay...
     
  7. Wilbyman

    Wilbyman

    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    I just got a DB-924 and I really like it alot. I never thought I would dig a two band pre again, but the treble knob sounds so good (boosting the upper mids a bit too) that I don't miss the mid band. It really gives you a nice punch if your bass lacks that for one reason or another. It's very musical and is IMO useful even if you're running another onboard pre.

    I would think it could do alot for thin sounding boutique basses, but does an excellent job with passive fender styles as well. It's voiced really well.

    I don't have much experience with the Sadowsky preamp, but if I recall it may be a hair brighter without quite as much punch.

    Will
     
  8. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I recently tried that this weekend and I was suprised the difference it made in a bass that sounded great already...

    I have the 924 and use it was my passive modulus... working on another bass and thinking about installing a Sadowsky or other preamp instead of the aguilar just for the sake of not having the same sound out of all of my instruments.
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I really couldn't tell you the answer to that question. LOL.

    It pretty much depended on what mood I was in at that particular moment. :eyebrow: If that makes any sense. LOL
     
  10. i had the sadowsky, the db924 and the fishman model b

    the only one i currently own is the fishman... i prefered the fishman to the sadowsky and it was also less noisy (in addition to costing less than half as much)... i liked it so much i resold my db-924 before i even tried it... i wrote a comparison review a while back, do a search and it will pop up