SOLD Yamaha PB-1 Preamp

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by robd, Jul 28, 2009.

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  1. Super solid preamp from the 80's. Built like a tank. Clean sounding.

    You guys know what this is..and you know you want it.

    $180 shipped in the US
  2. A couple more pics

    Also this pre works fine, I got it a few weeks ago and have been playing it a lot and it sounds great but it is just not what I am looking for. Very easy to dial in good tones

    Looks like the headphone knob is not original and one of the rack ears is slighlty bent but it looks like it would rack ok with no problems.
  3. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    free bump

    someone snag this

    one of the best bass preamps ever designed
  4. I think that might have been mine at one point... the deep bit of rack rash looks real familiar. Great unit, I sold it because I went all tube... it's VERY similar to an Alembic pre.
  5. any interest in a trade for an ashly bp41?
  6. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Somebody grab this.

    It is one of, if not THE, best bass preamps ever made. I've owned about four of them over the years, and would get rid of them only because I switched to all-tube a couple of times (never because of malfunctions or problems with the preamp).

    I have one now that I will never let loose, otherwise I'd buy this one.
  7. I agree, it is probably the best sounding solid state pre I have ever heard, and it was a hard decision to let it go, but I just gotta have tubes.

    Sorry, but no thanks on the Ashley, gotta have tubes.

    Also I have a pdf of the service manual for it, that I will email to the buyer if they want it
  8. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
  9. Thumpinthenight


    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    "What they said". This is what I use now with a Carvin Poweramp. It has a great sound, nice features and is the best purchase I've made yet. I think I payed lotz more...:meh: Someone buy this, or I might get crazy and do it just 'cuz.
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  11. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Inactive Supporting Member

    How do you compare it, soundwise, to an Alembic FX-1 ? Did the guy earlier mean that it sounds similiar to an Alembic, or it has the same features as an Alembic ?

    I have an Ampeg SVP Pro that I want to get out of. I want growl, though.
  12. I have never played an Alembic so I can't really compare, maybe somone above will chime in.

    The Yamaha is very clean and does not color the sound much, if your tube ampeg doesn't give you enough growl then maybe you want something like an RBI, but the Yamaha won't add any growl that your bass doesn't already have on it's own, but it does enhance what's already there.
  13. Still available
  14. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida

    Both the Alembic and Yamaha are based on the original Fender Bassman preamp circuit. I tried an FX-1 once, and had a PB-1, and yeah, I could hear the similarities.
  15. brettson


    Feb 25, 2009
    Great preamp bump! I own two of them.
  16. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    I think the Yamaha has a little more neutral sound if I remember correctly, it's been some years since I've had either. The FX-1 has more snappy crispys up top for sure. The PB-1 was not what I would call exactly the "hi-fi" Demeter vibe...but with the right cabinet and horn I'm sure you can funk it up just fine.

    The strength of the P-1 in my opinion, is the super solid punchy in your face tone. I've never heard any thing like it since, and I'm still wishing another manufacturer would clone this sucker with an additional tube circuit, good compressor, and delete the cross-over section. I do recall the Aguilar 500 watt head sounding close though.

    If I was not downsizing, I'd make this my 3rd PB-1. Or 4th?

    This is a GREAT pre-amp.
  17. neutral is a much better word then the word clean that I used above
  18. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    I think it's both. We both win! Yea!
  19. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Inactive Supporting Member

    Hi Rob,
    PM sent last night. Let's make a deal !
  20. On hold pending payment
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