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question about preamp kits

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Mckey, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    So Ive gotta build a POS preamp for one of my classes, Im not expecting anything out of that. But it did get me wondering if there are nicer kits available somewhere. I wouldnt mind trying to tackle a much more complicated, somewhat higher end kit. Ive been searching google for a little time but most of the kits are cheap and cheesy. I just want to see if I can make one that actually sounds half way decent, itd be a good chance to really learn what goes into making a preamp. So if you guys know of a place pass on the word! Thanks!
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    These have gotten good reviews.
  3. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    I started a thread a while back about this, never did pursue it though. Perhaps when I actually get some time I can get one too.

    DIY Mic Pre kits
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I've been interested in the Seventh Circle kits myself after reading some input here.


    Todzilla has built several of them and says the estimates on assembly time are pretty close and he's very happy with the sound.

    Someday when I have more time and a control room to put the finished product...
  5. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    The first question how much do you want to spend on the kit?
  6. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    Well Im looking for something up to or around 500 bucks. Im not trying to build a UA 610 here, but Id like to have some experience learning hands on with a quality pre. Thanks for the link! Thats pretty much exactly what Ive been looking for!
  7. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    lots of good stuff out there

    the seventh circle stuff is fine and on your side of the world

    the JLM Audio stuff is great ... but I'm biased

    other DIY stuff found at http://www.groupdiy.com

    for the biggest learning experience
    a Tubed Mic pre is a good one
    and if you build point to point or on a turret board it will impress your friends

    the Scott Hamptone one was nice

    the DOA style opens the door to John Hardy, Fred Forssell and other gain blocks

    lots to choose from so do your research before you start
  8. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    Thanks Kev! Yeah I was hoping to get a tubed pre. I know its supposedly dangerous, but I mean the worst that can happen is it'll shock me to death, I dont see the down side. Haha jk. I think due to budget restraints It'll be a longer project than I anticipated. Im prolly going to be buying one piece at a time every few weeks or so. Which is fine, Im not in any rush. Unless I find a complete kit in my budget, which doesnt seem to be the case at this point. But this should be fun!
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    my advice is that you don't need a kit
    I do get why people want to start with a complete kit

    the DOA style is very simple and a good way to start
    the JLM and Seventh tend to be set for chassis style
    this can up the price

    I like the simple one and two channel and you can see this on my pages
    The JLM Baby Animal is a nice package with some variant possibilities

    for a complete kit on the Tubed side

    for a first attempt at a construction with a better than average result
    the Green Pre Mk1 is one of the best
    a useful sounding unit, cheap with an excellent chance of completion for a first timer
    it is not sold as a complete Kit
  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    You could do most any kind of recording with a rack full of Seventh Circle, JLM, and Hamptone. Most critical ears would be thinking, API, Neve, and UA.......
  11. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    Oh man... so many choices now... I love the hamptone tube kit, but a grand... gonna have to make some magic happen there.

    the JLM stuff looks great... I wish they had kits for Dual99v500... I think I have to have that thing...

    A friend of mine suggested I might try a mod kit to a cheaper pre already assembled. I dont know about this route, but its worth looking into. I know someone fixes up behringers to be half way decent, but still... can you turn a pinto into jaguar? (cars, not animals)

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