help on purchasing a tube pre

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by corndog_tenn, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. corndog_tenn

    corndog_tenn Guest

    im looking at upgrading my ART tube preamp systym to a more high quality pre(1 or 2 channels). im looking at something like an avalon but want to be more educated of other choices that may be out there. i have a Neumann tlm103 and will have an akgc451. i want a pre amp that will sound great with whatever mic i upgrade to in the future as well. the kind of tone that i want is something that isnt colored too much. i want a very "open/vintage/natural" tube sound. is there anythying out there that is in the price range of about 1,300-1,500$(used). please help and thatnks a bunch!
  2. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Everyone around here says that Sebatron is a great tube pre. I plan on buying one in a couple months.
  3. PCM

    PCM Guest

    guy who does some mixing for me just bought a couple of the tab (telefunken) clones. Man, they are amazing. Probably out of your budget but they sound great. You could probably get a channel in your price range.
  4. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Why tube? You can get some great vintage, warm, beautiful sounds from hi end non tube units. Neve, API, Trident etc.

    On the tube front the UA 610 is easily in your price range, it's supposed to be a recreation of what the first Van Halen, Sinatra, Pet Sounds etc was recorded with.

    You might could save a bit more and get a GT ViPre. I saw GC has em new for about $2200. They're coming down in price. Take your cash and finance the rest at GC. It'll be one kick ass tube pre!!
  5. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    If(When) I have the coin I'm going with the Pendulum Quartet -- or the Doug Fern. Doesn't matter which, I don't have the money anyway... 'Scuse me while I retreat to my corner and cry...


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