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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ardorx, Dec 27, 2004.
I need a preamp.
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
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
You cannot go wrong with an Alembic FX 1....
I have heard great things about Read Pre Amps too...
Perhaps an Ampeg SVP CL or an Aguilar DB 659 would suit your needs.
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.
Here is a preamp. Kind of basic, but looks nice. Have not heard one yet.
Gallien-Krueger made a preamp 2001RBP. I love mine and I bought it at Riksmusic for $425.00 and it has an overdrive channel.
is the W in their logo supposed to look like an ass?
Looked to me like where men store thier "baby batter"
+1, especially if you want a little bit of OD.
I read your profile
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.
The Aguilar DB659 has a crap load of bass and not very much high mids. Used it's about $500-$600.
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.
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...
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.
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.
I love mine but it doesn't to OD.(which is just fine with me)