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JensenTwinServo, any1? SCA J99 makes me talk like walters

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Reggie, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Don't hear much talk about the Jensen Twin Servo around here. Mercenary's description says it is the best mic pre ever made, for what that is worth. Anyone use one? I am curious if anyone has done a comparison to the SCA J99 preamp, which is basically a clone for the most part. I recorded some vocals with a J99 last night for a sweet clean part in the middle of a heavy song, and the sound was buttery, open, creamy, deep, and orange; kind of like the sun punching through the shade on a humid day. But not unlike the smoothness of a freshly waxed hardwood floor in a gentleman's den.

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    the full version of the JLM99v is also servo and the results will be of a similar ilk
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Hey, those are pretty reasonable. I might have to build a stereo one of those when my SCA rack is full. Too bad the racks aren't pre-drilled and stuff though. I don't really have a good way to do it right now.

    Just got a Radial JDI, so I can't wait to try some bass through the J99.

  4. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    I just finished my J99's last week. I haven't even tried them yet (just tested them quickly with an AT-4047), but they look pretty! :) They are pretty quiet, and have a good deal of gain (like 70dB IIRC). I certainly won't have a "Real" Hardy Twin Servo to compare them to, but I think they will do the trick for my needs.

    Mr. Hardy pointed out to me in another thread that there are a few differences in the circuit, and of course different transformers (Or my slang for transformer = "trafo" :oops: :eek: :oops: ). Mr. Hardy is one heck of a nice guy (as is Tim Ryan over at 7th Circle). I actually called The Hardy Company at 11PM to leave a message reguarding my 990c opamp order, and who picks up the phone? John Hardy while making a Chocolate Milkshake! Now that is dedication. :cool:

    It is hard to go wrong with either of these gentlemens' products IMO. Stellar service on both accounts.

  5. feggymango

    feggymango Guest

    Hey randyman, just wondering if you got a chance to listen to the 99 yet and was your overall impressions were. I am very interested in how they sound. Have you heard the hardy's, i doubt they quite match up, but i was hoping they might be close. I am thinking of getting a kit myself
  6. what is the documentation like on those jlm audio kits? is there some paper work or are you pretty much left on your own?
  7. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Nothing yet, feggymango. I've been tied up lately with PC issues, and my job. I doubt I will be able to compare the 7th Circle J99 directly to the Hardy, but I'd bet they are closer than you might think...

    I have built 6 Seventh Circle Modules so far, and I might even start another SC rack at some point. Those C84's are also looking tempting, as do a handful more N72's and A12's :eek: . Some good analog compressors and limiters are first on my list, as is the never-ending task of updating my mic locker :) .

  8. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    It's all on the site
    and Joe will email you any additional stuff you want

    however if you want a blow by blow ... how to drill and hole ... how to solder a switch ...
    what is a SPST switch ... sort of stuff
    then you may feel on your own.

    these questions are difficult to answer as skill levels can be so varied.
  9. hey thanks kev,
    i am fairly tech savy, i have a trident 80b that i have done all the recapping to and i have built some simple audio circuts and such like compressors and simple mic pres, so i am skilled with an iron, i was just curious because i saw the kits and transformer do not come together and was wondering if you had to mod anything to put the transformer in or if there is a assigned spot to put it in.

    thanks again
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    the suggested input trafos will fit on the PCB

    you can go with no output trafo ...
    or mount one on the chassis
    typically it is heavy so Joe opted for the chassis mount

    The LAB has some pictures

    My page is not complete yet ... I'm getting there but just time is so .... ?

    you can add the DI
    or build it as a seperate
  11. very nice looking, thanks kev and i think i am fully capable of this and see it in my near near future.

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