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what are some decent preamps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ardorx, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. ardorx


    Sep 23, 2004
    Sugar Land, TX
    I need a preamp.
  2. rick1906


    Jun 6, 2002
    Ampeg SVP-Pro
  3. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    How much can you spend?

    What type of music do you play? What type of sound are you looking for?

    What do you like and what don't you like about the tone you're getting from your Behringer head?

    Do you prefer tube or solid state or do you care as long as it sounds good?

    Does it have to be new, and if used is OK can it be a preamp that is no longer in production?

    The more we know, the better we can help you spend all of your money :D
  4. ardorx


    Sep 23, 2004
    Sugar Land, TX
    i can spend around 500

    i play hard/metal-core, i'm looking for a "big", bassy sound that doesnt have very much high/mid

    i like the tone from my behringer but it's proving to be a bit*h to rackmount, but i could use a little bit of overdrive (how do you know i have a behringer?) ;)

    doesn't matter as long as it sounds good

    it would be better if it was new, but if it rocks, and is used, i'm down

    thank you :)
  5. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    You cannot go wrong with an Alembic FX 1....

    I have heard great things about Read Pre Amps too...
  6. r379


    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    Perhaps an Ampeg SVP CL or an Aguilar DB 659 would suit your needs.
  7. rpatter

    rpatter Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    Round Rock, TX
    I have to second the Alembic preamp. It has huge bass. The only reason I got rid of mine was because it did not have enough mids. Sounds like that won't be a problem for you. They usually go for around $400 used.
  8. sdguyman


    Jan 31, 2003
    San Diego
    Gallien-Krueger made a preamp 2001RBP. I love mine and I bought it at Riksmusic for $425.00 and it has an overdrive channel.
  9. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
  10. Happy MurphDay

    Happy MurphDay

    Mar 9, 2004
    Looked to me like where men store thier "baby batter"
  11. mikeyvr6

    mikeyvr6 Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2002
    Plymouth, Wisconsin
    +1, especially if you want a little bit of OD.
  12. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    I read your profile :eek:
  13. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    I have owned, and liked, both the Ampeg SVP Pro and the Ashdown RPM-1. Both can be found in your budget range, at least here in the US, used. Ashdown was more versatile. If you want a mid-scooped, click clacky type of sound, the Ashdown would be better, otherwise either should be fine. Overdrive on the Ampeg is smoother. Also the Ashdown I had seemed to have less output, it didn't match up well with some power amps, the Ampeg didn't have this problem.
  14. DubDubs


    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    The Aguilar DB659 has a crap load of bass and not very much high mids. Used it's about $500-$600.
  15. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    An SWR Interstellar Overdrive would sound great for that. With the specific frequency stuff you're talking about a Trace GP12-SMX would be good too.
  16. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    You can listen to a bunch of different preamps at www.basstasters.com

    It's interesting how different they sound from one another, yet most of them sound quite nice...
  17. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Demeter HPB-1 is in the same league as the Alembic, or Trace for sure. More open and high end sounding than an Eden Pre. Much cleaner than an Ampeg. I know someone who has a used one for sale.
  18. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    I thought is was an ass that looks like a 'W'.

    Based on the original poster's comments, I agree with an Ampeg pre, either the SVP-Pro or CL (depending on whether you want OD or not).
    Read Purity is a great peamp and pretty versatile tone-wise.
    Kern might work well also, but you'll probably have to find one used.
  19. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    I love mine but it doesn't to OD.(which is just fine with me)