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What RackMount Preamp to Buy???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by trev5269, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. trev5269


    Dec 2, 2007
    Well, I went to order a michael pope mpp1 and apparently theyre discontinued, so I'm in the hunt for a preamp. I have my eyes on the eden wp100 navigator, or the alembic f-1x.

    My current setup is:

    Modulus quantum 5, 25th anniversary edition w/ bart soapbars.
    - often use a pick

    going to have a rack setup w/

    -furman PC
    - ****(either the navigator, or f-1x, or what YOU may recommend)
    - QSC GX7

    So basically, what would you all recommend for a pre-amp out of these two or any others you can think of??
  2. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Seriously take a look at the ART Pro Channel II. Dont let the price tag fool you, this would be a good investment at three times the price.
  3. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    You might want to check out the Monique by Jule Amps.
  4. trev5269


    Dec 2, 2007
    what's special about the monique??
  5. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Find the thread
    Call me in the morning.;)
    (not your usual hype but an honest seriously designed flash from the past hand wired serious tube hifi combination .)
  6. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Beat the bushes and you can probably find locals who own each one to try out. Maybe a local TB'er.
    If you are near SW Ohio you can try out my Alembic F-1X.
  7. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
  8. MtJam

    MtJam Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Never tried the Eden, but I am very happy with my Alembic F1-X!
  9. What type of music and what sound are you going for?
  10. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    i'm super happy with my JGR..
    there's one for sale in the classifieds.
  11. Ultra high end would be the Mike Pope.

    Demeter HBP-1 is great.

    You mentioned Alembic, but the BBE Bmax T is a really good clone for a lot less.

    The Tech 21 RBI is really good also.

    GC has a used Rabe era SWR Grand Pre for cheap.
  12. trev5269


    Dec 2, 2007
  13. dStar


    Mar 1, 2012
    Tech 21 SansAmp RPM. I can't believe I'm the first to recommend it. Great tube emulation, parametric EQ (so you can fine tune those ever important mids), Drive so you can put some edge on it (if that's your thing). DI out for your FOH with adjustable output and dry and effected outs. Dry line out you need it. Effects loop. Blend, dry and effected. Optional foot switch. Dude, if you can't find your tone with it, it doesn't exist.;). I would have gotten one myself, but I wanted parallel channels, so I got two ParaDrivers (the cheaper, pedal version of the RPM). If I had the coin, I would have purchased two RPMs. With a RPM and a good power amp, you can rule the world. (well, maybe not rule the world, but you will sound effen amazing!) In the interest of full disclosure, I have not been compensated by Tech 21 (but I'm open to it :D), I just love the product. IMHO.
  14. If you want an inexpensive tube pre the B-max T would be a great option, as well as the SWR Grand Pre, or the Art listed above. A good midrange would be an Aguilar DB659 or used Kern or Pierce. A good high end would be the JGR, the new Port City bass pre, or the Aguilar DB680. It is up to you. The 680 gets my vote for versatility. The JGR is a sweet hand made one off, sonically close to the 680 with less eq. The BmaxT and Port City are close to the F1 with fender type tone stacks, but may be limited in their tonal variety. Same with SWR and its cleanliness. The Pierce and Kern are right in the middle. I would mention Demeter but they retain their value and are not as nice sounding as the kern or pierce for the money.
  15. tom-g


    Oct 2, 2007
  16. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA

    I just got one of the 6sl7 based JGR's - its a big bowl of awesome with awesome sauce IMO.

    pics and background here:

  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    If the ART is an option, you may also want to check out the Presonus Studio channel.

    I've always considered the SansAmp RPM to be a "safe" buy: relatively inexpensive, sounds good, and built like a tank. I keep one as a primary in one rack, a pre-PSA in the other.

  18. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Out of your two choices.......either would be great
    Eden 2 rack spaces.....Alembic 1 space
    Eden ..compressor Alembic...no
    Eden para EQ Alembic...passive EQ
    Personally, I would buy the Alembic......love my F2b
  19. capcom


    Mar 23, 2005
    You may also consider "Ampeg SVP-PRO" and "Ampeg SVP-CL". They are rackmount tube bass preamps and both are also discontinued.

    SVP-PRO is the preamp of "Ampeg SVT-II Pro" head
    and SVP-CL is the preamp of classical all tube "Ampeg SVT" heads.

    Many like the tone of SVP-CL as being clearer and noiseless. However I prefer SVP-PRO due to its more tonal options. And finally can say that their dreadful noise and hum of SVP-PRO's can be "tamed" by using good tubes almost completely.
  20. DrumsAndBass

    DrumsAndBass Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    I'm looking for a list of rackmount solid state preamps. Do we have one here on TB ?