Hey guys i'm looking to put together a very small rig, 6 rack spaces or less, and i have some options on preamps. all of which i have never used but am willing to try.
below are the 3 i have been watching on the bay and my thoughts and questions on each so far
-can be channel switched by a gMajor or replifex
-had an Ultra before and liked it a bit, but was a little buzzy. sold it cause the combo weighs a million pounds for speaker and cab combo i didn't like
-looking to get it modded, but it seems like a lot of the mods i'm finding are to make it sound like 80's metal. i'm looking to fatten the mids a bit and round off the harsh top. anyone have any experience??
Rocktron Voodu Valve,
-also not too expensive used
-has effects i would use live already built-in where other units would need a secondary unit
-unsure how great the live sound is. anyone have experience using this one live? how does it measure up to a true tube preamp?
-most expensive of the three
-had a marshall tsl and hated it. I have heard that jmp-1s sound different than many marshalls and that the TSL is very buzzy/tinny sounding to begin with compared to others.
Any of these 3 is going to be paired with a mesa 50/50 or 20/20 power amp. The point of this rig is to be simple, low maintenance, and not too expensive. I already have a mesa rig that i love, but it is very large and heavy and hard to fit in small venues. I would like it to be 1000 or less excluding cabs (already have those).
can you let me know which you would go with and why? I'm just looking for input and knowledge from people who have used these items. I'm leaning toward the rockmaster, because it's so cheap and i've been happy with the ultra, but i want to keep my mind open.