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altec, ampex , other old mic preamps any good?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by alba359, Mar 3, 2002.

  1. alba359

    alba359 Active Member

    Hello, I'm attempting to purchase some good mic pres. I just got a Pendulum audio dual pre and am looking for a couple of less expensive pres to complement the Pendulum and get a Beatleish sound. Lately I've seen some Altec and Ampex tube mic pres on Ebay going for a few hundred. Has anyone used these or are there other vintage pres in this price range that are decent. Thanks, Don
     
  2. Wayne Butler

    Wayne Butler Guest

    The only Ampex mic pres I can recall where in their MX-10 series. Not especially a great unit. There are a lot of old tape recorder electronics that had a courtesy mic input and are being hyped as "vintage tube" preamps. Save your money. :td: A couple of hundred dollars will only be the beginning of your expenses and the results aren't gonna be good.

    Altec did make a very good broadcast multi-channel mixer. 1567A or something like that. Somebody else on here may remember if thats the right model.

    FWIW, there are a number of current mic preamps that are much better than the items you are asking about. Symetrix and Grace are just two.

    YMMV :w:
    Wayne
     
  3. Punchmo

    Punchmo Member

    1567A is the model #. It is a 2 rack space unit which may or not be delivered in a 2 space rack w/ front and back covers. It is a 4 channel xlr in to 1 mono xlr output, micpre amplifier. There is also 1 rca input for a cd, tape deck or turn table that can be mixed to the output. There is also a low eq and hi eq, don't know the frequencies but my best guess is that they are centered at 100 and 10k. There are a few things to ask about if you are considering the purchase of one (which btw, will most likely be in the $400 to $700 range) 1) does it have the vu meter, 2) does it have all the functioning transformers on each xlr input and the obvious...does it work ;)

    I have one and have used it for bass guit, elec guit and kick. I have also used it as a side mixer to combine several guitar mics to a mono channel. When I got mine, I had my tech check it out first and to bring it up to speed. I was lucky enough to get a unit that just needed new tubes. IMHO, it has a sound similar to my VMP2 although, w/o all the switches. I paid $550 for 1567A and $650 for the VMP2. Neither one gets used every day but I ain't gonna sell em.
    Steve
     
  4. alba359

    alba359 Active Member

    Thanks for info guys. It looks like the peavey is the way to go for a mid priced tube preamp. Thanks again, Don
     

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