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1953 PRE

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Matti, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Matti

    Matti Active Member

    Just bought Behringer 1953 "tube" pre without listening even,
    got it cheap and not expecting much! I´ll change the tubes and that doesn´t improve it much, I know. Just needed something right
    now while waiting for some money for my API clones later on...
    I´ll get this B thing tomorrow so I hope for the best.
    Any advice though?
    Regards Matti
  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

  3. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    The T1953 can be very useful especially on acoustic guitar.

    Tesla/JJ ECC83S tubes sounds nice in it for a wide open smooth response. They can really help hush that thing a bit.

    What I find are great tubes in the T1953 are GE 12AU7's, Sylvania's and (yugo) Ei 12AT7's.

    Tube dampers help a bit as well.

    When you get it, crack the case and have a look. You'll be surprised at how many quality components are actually in there.

    Pull the little light bulbs out from behind the tubes too. They drain a small load of power that's unecessary.

    You may find full saturation settings to be a little harsh (that's the Warmth control) so back off to about 3 o'clock or so for optimal tube gain. Low Gain settings with higher Line output will keep it quieter.

    Take advantage of the High Pass filter and it's variable settings. I like that feature on the 1953.

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