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inquiring about altec 1220 preamps

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by droog, Jul 21, 2002.

  1. droog

    droog Active Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    as the subject implies, i'm wondering about the quality of the preamps in these old altec 1220 mixing boards

    it's impossible to test it out in the store, so if anyone has any comments, please, let me know
  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    Hi Max,

    I did a search @ recordingconsoles.net and saw a picture of a 1214 (and a 1567 that I remeber from college) but no info on them or you 1220. All I could say that if there cheap they might give you some sool colors if oyu need the extra channels. Are they tube ot ss?
  3. droog

    droog Active Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    it's a solid state piece, and what from what i've gleaned off the net, it was the first professional live mixing console from the very early seventies

    ther is precious little other info available, but i'm going to take fletcher's advice, open it up, and try to learn electronics through it

    from what i saw inside, it's built with discrete components, and the quality of build is quite solid (suffice to say, it's still working after 30 years, will my behringer?)

    i'll let you know what it's like in use (my brother has kidnapped it to record a visiting russian songmeister)

    thanks for the reply,
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    All that old Altec stuff sounds great! It's so cheap because there was a lot of them manufactured as opposed to more "vintage" stuff like Neve, Telefunken and Siemens. If your only other pre amp option is a Beheringer you could record through a piece of dog flop and get better results. You certianly can't go wrong with the Altec. Fats oops... sorry that was so harsh!

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