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SCA stuff or API?????

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by bradb, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. bradb

    bradb Member

    Hi guys,

    I've been wringing my hands over this question for awhile now. Do I buy the 6-space API lunchbox with two 512c's, or the Seventh Circle Audio kit with the two APIs.

    I'm fine with building the SCA pre's, this isn't a problem. I'm more worried about price vs. sound quality, features and resale value.

    1) Price:
    API setup: $1675
    ---full setup, over $4000
    SCA setup: $817
    ---full setup 4api, 2 neve, 2 j99s = $2500

    2) Diversity in additions:
    API setup: I can add the OSA stuff at roughly $450/pre, or more API at $650/pre
    SCA setup: I can add Neve, J.Hardy and more API at $300/pre

    (Hmm... maybe I'm answering my own question on this already)

    3) resale,
    API, probably 70% return
    SCA, maybe 50% return, less?

    4) features
    API, full featured
    SCA, no Pad? is this a downer?

    I currently own a hamptone tube, syteks and a mackie. I'm stepping up and want to be able to record rock drums and instruments/vocals.

    Anyway, can anyone weigh in on this? Give me a push in either direction.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Screw the price compare. If you really want the tried and true unique API sound, buy the real API plain and simple.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Screw the price compare. If you really want the tried and true unique API sound, buy the real API plain and simple.
  4. bradb

    bradb Member

    so in your opinion, the API stuff is worth the 2x in price?

    and is this solely a price comparison? what about quality?
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Remember the Seventh Circle stuff is Kit based and you have to have the skill to put it together right.

    I'm all for DIY but doing this solely to get as bargain is often a recipe for a stuff up.

    Even with DIY I always suggest people have examples of the real thing as a comparison. Otherwise it's all just talk.
  6. bradb

    bradb Member

    The assembly won't be a problem. I don't mind spending the time and I know I can finalize the pre's with no problems.
  7. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    I think Tim's stuff is at it's best if you do populate each slot.
    Having 4, 2 and 2 would make for a good variety.

    API's can be resold where the DIY stuff will be different.

    If this is for a roadcase and to be bounced around I think I'd go DIY and you know you can fix things BUT if you are out to impress in your gold plated studio then you will need some name brands around.

    If you are loaded with names then I think that a handfull of excellently made and mysterious DIY can be a real talking peice.

    ... you will just have to make your choice
  8. bradb

    bradb Member


    wheneven I find myself agonizing over 2 things for a long period of time, it generally means that both are a good thing. I may just take the cheap route.

  9. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    You may find this page over at Lynn Fuston's site interesting. The MW he's referring to is Michael Wagener.

    (dead link removed)
  10. bradb

    bradb Member

    to everyone asking the same question, there is a wealth of info over on gearslutz.com

    as i just finished my hamptone tube with no problems, im thinking DIY is the way to go.
  11. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member


    and a wealth of info right here at RO ... use google and DIY and you might end up right back at the RO server

    chase some of the regulars here and find where they also frequent
    ... one place is totaly about DIY
  12. bradb

    bradb Member

    months later:

    I've built 2 a12s, 2 n72s and 2 j99s... they are all incredible. I like the neve clones on some things. very beefy.

    I'd go with the SCA stuff again. Building wasn't a problem.
  13. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Cool, mang.
    I haven't made any N72s yet. Have made A12s and J99s though. Are you saying that you don't like them on some things, but you like them a lot on some other things?
    I'm curious to see what the hoopla is about.

    About the resale value issue, I saw a rack of SCA pres sell on Ebay a while back for a little over $3K I believe.

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