Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by TheArchitect, May 25, 2005.

  1. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Is there anything that would top a pair of "Brick" preamps for the same money?
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    77 Sunset Lane.
    Most likely not ...
  3. Matt_Trix

    Matt_Trix Guest

    Hmm.. on Ebay two Bricks would cost $800 and a Sebatron 2000e (2 channel) pre is about $1100 with free shipping..

    Kurt, how would you compare that lot?

  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    77 Sunset Lane.
    I have seen Bricks go for $350 or less at GC .... and don't forget to add shipping and customs to the cost of the Sebatron. I bet I could get out of GC with 2 Bricks for under $700 .... maybe $675. Try offering them that, all they can do is say "no".

    Still, the Sebatron is is worth the extra expense because it is much more flexible. It can be used in re amping and as a line input when mastering, dubbing cassettes, video tape or other low level signals, it can be channel cascaded for master/ slave configuration, it has the deep and bright /air switches and the pads, all which work in wonderous ways to effect the tone.
  5. Matt_Trix

    Matt_Trix Guest

    Good round up, thanks Kurt.

    About the $$ though, ?? Do you guys get hit for customs when shipping between states inside the US? The $1100 price on Ebay is listed as coming from Oregon, USA and with free shipping to anywhere in the USA.

    I know, coz I'm jealous! I looked closely and thought hard about how much it sucks that I'm in Australia (where they are made) and I can't get it anywhere near that cheap here!! Mind you, I haven't looked around _too_ much and I've love for someone to correct me...

    Cheers for the info again.
  6. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Interesting points on the Sebatron. I think I will need to stay with the Brick though. I need that extra cash for mics. The 57 and 609 I have work well on guitar cabs but I would like a nice large diaghram condensor to use on them and possible vocals. I also need a pair of small diaghram condensors for acoustic guitars and quite likely drum overheads. Leaning towards a AT 3035 or 4033? I think. Not sure about the small ones though.
  7. I have both the AT 3035 and the 4033, they're both good mics (if you run them through a good pre). The 3035 will be a little more neutral of a sound, whereas the 4033 will give you a bit more color. Also, have you checked out the Oktava MC012s for small diaphragms? I have a matched pair, they're great. You can get the best matched pairs from recordingservices on eBay.
  8. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    i would go with the brick then when your ready to step up to the seb you will have two great DIs that you can place any where in your studio.
  9. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    It's definitely hard to pass up the Brick. It is just so versatile. I've got plenty of higher priced pre's in the studio but the Brick gets a ton of work.

    You really could find two new bricks for $350 each, maybe less. They are worth every bit of $400 though.
  10. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Matt. US$1100 is about AU$1450.
    I know where you can get a brand new 2000e for less than that here in Aus.
    Email me if you want to know more.
  11. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Well, I just picked up a Brick from GC for a stupidly low price. Unfortunately they only had one in stock. Perhaps for the best in the unlikely event I don't like it but I'm hoping the guy I work with will hook me up again for number 2 when they get another.
  12. BDFitz

    BDFitz Active Member

    Lake Arrowhead
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    I have not worked the The Brick PREs but would recommend the Triton dual pre which originally listed at $1995, has been dropped all the way to $999 (I got mine for $808) and offers two, very transparent, quiet PREs with lots of headroom. The mic A-B feature on both channels is another nice bonus not on PREs in this price range. Great when trying say 4 different vocal mics and not having to switch mic/line level is another extra. I have a solid state mono Avalon M5 ($1300) and they compare very favorably.

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