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Build your own mic preamp???

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by therecordingart, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I've seen a website....don't have the url right now...but they sell kits to build your own mic preamps based on Neve and other high end mic preamps.

    Has anyone ever built one? Is it worth the money? I'd like to build one just for fun, but if it is a quality product then I think that is just grand!
  2. boheme6

    boheme6 Guest


    word around here is that the Seventh Circle stuff is amazing.
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I appreciate your response. I'm looking for some really kick butt preamps at a good cost, and I also like playing with electronics....if I can get both out of something like this I'd be in heaven. Has anyone built one?
  4. AD202

    AD202 Guest


    Building your own mic pre is a rewarding and educational experience! It doesn't always work out cheaper than buying off the shelf, but enjoyment/satisfaction:cost ratio is always good.

    Here's a good place to start:


    And there's always plenty of help here


  5. bap

    bap Guest

    I have built a Hamptone JFET 2 channel and a Seventh Circle N72. They are both big sounding, low noise units. The N72 costs about $100 more per channel but that may be because Scott Hampton has a very small profit margin - if any.

    DIY is a great way to go. Be sure, if you aren't an electronics wiz, to know someone who is. Diagnostic test equipment [and someone who knows how to use it] is nice to have around.

    Seventh Circle is probably more user friendly customer service and support wise, but Hamptone is a high quality product as well.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Tim Ryan at Seventh Circle is great and I'm sure he has more DIY stuff to come.

    Scott Hampton is also looking to find a way to offer a kit that does stretch his time as much as the first couple of attempts did.

    There is enough good ideas and web sites to help if you can get past the PCB needs and sourcing all the parts.

    Kits or sourcing the parts yourself ... it's your choice.

    You know where to find me if you ever need me.
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Please post a link to the DIY forum where you hang out so people interesed in DIY stuff can find you and the other DIY folks ... THANKS!...

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