LA-4 prices


Apr 24, 2003
How much is to much for a LA-4 in so called excellent condition?

I was thinking of getting one to use as a soft limiter kind of thing. maybe do the upgrade for more bandwidth.


There's a thread here somewhere about a mod for them. Looks interesting.

Kurt Foster

Well-Known Member
Jul 2, 2002
77 Sunset Lane.
A pair of Blackfaces in vgc with adjacent or close serial numbers (for stereo tracking) can go for between $1600 and $2000. Silver faces go for less.

On which application you find these la-4's best for ?

I like the LA4s on guitars... to me, they sound very much like a VCA type instead of an optical comp. They are good on a lot of things, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, bass, drums. etc. Anything where you need good sounding compression..

I would try to find a pair of them, so they can be used in a stereo configuration. For any of the UREI stuff to track stereo well, it is most desirable to find units with adjacent serial numbers or at least within 10 numbers apart.. sometimes units produced on different days don't tie together well and won't track stereo accurately.