Years ago I accidentally scored an old Altec Lansing 1567A at a garage sale for $5. Had no idea what she even was til 3 months ago. She's an old, hand wired, all tube 5 into 1 mixer/pre. She seems to be a pretty nice old girl.
I have just completed having my local electronics guy turn her into a 4 into 4 unit, for $600 dollars light($500 US)
So with 4 channels of vintage tube pre, I'd like to compliment it with a pair of the 7th circle audio stuff, as I can have my brother wire it up and the price is right.(Sorry guys, but I'm not a pro so I'm just not going to drop 2Gs or more on a pre.)
If you were me, would you get:
the SCA J99
"...based on the classic Jensen Twin Servo design...a great preamp to use when a neutral sonic character is required..."
The N72s, a Neve copy.
"The circuitry of the N72 is exactly the same as that of the BA183/283 amplifier used in the 1272, 1073, and other Neve modules."
Or: the SCA A12
"a simple, single stage preamp roughly based on classic American designs of the '70s...an amplifier with an aggressive midrange and pronounced transformer coloration."
I got all these quotes from the 7th circle site, so I hope he doesn't send his lawyers after me, especially if I buy his stuff!
So I'll be recording a variety of the usual acoustic, electric, drum, vocals with various, as yet unpurchased, condensers and dynamic mics. I'm getting the pres looked after first, as I believe pres are way more important than mics.
Anybody else sell a similar thing for a similar price? ($300-$350 for what I understand is good quality stuff)
Would you get 2 the same or one of 'these' and one of 'those?'