investement for the income challenged / hardware vs a/d


Aug 14, 2001
anyone ever go through the own personal debate of the investment quality of gear you purchase? For example, some people who make enough income can afford to own pieces of gear that will be worth 25% of the purchase cost in 5 years - where as some of us cannot. For this reason I own more Microphones than I do channels of A/D conversion, which also brings me to the desire to sell my "A" name A>D and invest in another 2 channels of preamp that will give me both sonic clarity, image, and color that I know I can use.

I'm more of a bring my own bag of tricks around kind of guy, rather than the own it all type. For some time, I've been bringing along my a/d box as part of my two 'pure path' channels - now I'm starting to find myself working in rooms with equal to better converters, and having the knowlege of how to hit them correctly.

henceforth and so on, I'm really thinking of ditch the a/d that will only continue to degade in value - and invest it in a new preamp (perhaps the mp2-nv)

anyways - point of the thread, how many people have to (or at one point had to) base their tool purchases around the investment potential, I must also add it is nice to know your gear holds it value, but at the same time I really do not plan to sell any of my tools that I go with, just the opposition of some pieces becoming outdated


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Dec 25, 2000
Po ass land over here in the ghetto. These choices are EVERY choice for me, its agonizing! wrong move and gotta close shop. Always wondering if you did the right thing. blah


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Sep 5, 2000
This is one of the reasons I find it so hard to suggest middle of the road gear. People take offense sometimes, thinking it's snobbery. It's just a different way to look at the economical situation. Either buy something you can afford to throw away later, or buy something that will last you a lifetime. Daniel-san middle of road... splat!

Also keep in mind that you should never buy something unless you can estimate:
How much more money will I make with this thing?
How long will it take to pay for itself?

That is the real value of a piece, not what you can sell it for 2 years down the road.


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Feb 17, 2001
IMO front end (mics and pre's) are more important to sort out than your A/D, although this is important eventually. Also FYI, and this again is my subjective opinion, a Neve type preamp of any type is not the best choice for a first great preamp. It is not an all around "work-horse" type of preamp. The coloration works on some sources, and is very so-so on others. Also, think about whether you would like a preamp that comes within 99% + of an original Neve sound, or a preamp that in some way has been changed to have similar characteristics to a Neve, but "improved" upon.

Best Wishes,
Nathan Eldred