Which tube preamp?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by supremo, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. supremo


    Oct 20, 2008
    I play classic rock music.
    My gear is a RIC 4003, EBS CL450,Ampeg HLF 410 Heritage bass cab.
    Now I want to add a tube preamp to make my sound warmer and more rich.
    Do you have any suggestion?
    I'm thinking about
    Avalon U5
    SWR Grand Prix
    BBE Bmax-T
    So, what do you think about these 3 preamps?
  2. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Have you considered the EBS valvedrive? Great preamp to put in front of your signal chain.
  3. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Given you have a stereo ouput on your Ric, you might want to consider an Alembic F-2B. You can isolate each pickup to a separate channel, then mix together in mono or keep separate to run into separate amps. Classic passive tone stack on each channel.

    If you want a mono tube preamp only, an Alembic F-1X is another quality preamp.

  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 EBS Valve Drive is just what you're looking for.
  5. Radial Firefly
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well, the Avalon has zero tubes in it, and sounds absolutely nothing like a tube preamp. :)