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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Whats a good sounding, compact (1U) tube pre (no triaxis)

Can someone give me any suggestions?
I want it to be easy to carry around,
good sounding for all type of music,
I play mainly progessive meta(DT)l and some alterntive/rock(Mr. Big),
my budget is around 500 USD.
Thanks
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 09:00 AM
 
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Maybe dig around for a used Marshall JMP-1. It's one rack unit. Not sure of the sound but tons of people have commented on great tone. Power amp would play a big role in overall tone as will choice of speaker cabs.

Why not a triaxis...just curious.
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If you're not dead-set on tubes, you might want to give the Tech-21 rackmount pre a try... I think you'd be closer to $600 US new, but you might be able to score one within your price limit used.

I've been SERIOUSLY impressed with the quality and variety of tone you can get outa these things... check their site, they've got some great-sounding samples from a Yamaha Pacifica 112 guitar. As a guy who started on one of those, if you can get that kind of tone out of that, imagine what a slightly more refined sounding guitar can do.

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ADA MP2 > I love mine
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Gresh, as he's looking less than $500, I'd say price might be a problem.

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Probably right on that one, Drew...hard to go pure tube for that amount, pity.

Not sure on price for the Voodoo Lab preamp, but it sounds pretty good as well. They've got some soundbites with Blues Saraceno playing on the site...not the best judging criteria for sound, he could make just about anything sound like God. And it's not pure tube either, not sure if it's even tube driven at all, but it doesn't sound bad at all.
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Find a Hughes and Kettner Attax or Tubeman rack pre. They're 1 space each. Also can't you get a V-twin rack for that price? I don't know how good they sound, I have a love/hate (mostly love) with the V-twin pedal. But I have the Attax and its a great box.
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I'd say get a modded ADA MP-1 from Ada Depot I loved my MP-1 and the 3 tube mod sounds like it would be perfect for what you want. the cost is reasonable as well..

I've heard the PS-1 too and I liked it (Tech 21)

So the trick is to find one of those cheap enough to fit into your budget.

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Probably right on that one, Drew...hard to go pure tube for that amount, pity.
You can't get a used JMP-1 for under $500?

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Not sure on price for the Voodoo Lab preamp, but it sounds pretty good as well.
$720 new from MF. Good luck finding one secondhand.

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And [the Voodoo Lab is] not pure tube either, not sure if it's even tube driven at all.
Huh? It's got four 12AX7s.

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Features an all vacuum-tube design and three channels -- clean, rhythm, and lead -- for a wide range of voicings and gain structures.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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hey guys
have you tried the engl 520/530 amps?? i've heard they are fairly verstail. there are 2 on sale on the German auction site..try checking it out tell me a little on it!!
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Marshall JMP-1 or Rocktron Piranha are both excellent "tube" preamps (pure tube, not pure tube, whatever - bottom line: they sound EXCELLENT!) The new Tone Navigator Frank Gambale signature preamp from Carvin is getting rave reviews, and the Tech 21 PSA-1 is an impressive unit too, though neither has any tubes (but they're still analog!)... I haven't tried an MP-1 or MP-2 yet, but with so many advocates, I'd like too... There's lots of good stuff out there in your price range, that's for sure!
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Marshall JMP-1 or Rocktron Piranha are both excellent "tube" preamps (pure tube, not pure tube, whatever - bottom line: they sound EXCELLENT!) The new Tone Navigator Frank Gambale signature preamp from Carvin is getting rave reviews, and the Tech 21 PSA-1 is an impressive unit too, though neither has any tubes (but they're still analog!)... I haven't tried an MP-1 or MP-2 yet, but with so many advocates, I'd like too... There's lots of good stuff out there in your price range, that's for sure!
Ditto on the Piranha...very amp-sounding, althought I wish it were a bit smoother (lots of flexibility)...probably around $300 used. MP-1 is not bad for very little $$.
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One problem with Pirahna is that it gives you way too much control. The tone space becomes so big that it's difficult to find your "sweet spot" in it. Imagine your regular preamp with adjustable frequency on "Mid" control. That's what Piranha is. This can be a blessing or a curse depending on whether or not you know exactly the tone you're going after and how to get to it.
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If you can raise your budget to say $650, I'd nominate a Prophesy (if the Triaxis didn't exist, that's what I'd have). Tough to find used at this priced but, they are on eBay once in a while in this range.

Otherwise, besides what's been mentioned above, believe it or not, you can get decent tones out of a Digitech Twintube GFX-1 (I also have one). They can usually be had for under $200 with the floorboard.

Here's one for $120! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=23790
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My mate's had one of those Digitech Twintube GFX-1's since the early 90's.

I don't know if it's the tubes in there, or the fact he's running through a solid state amp, but I can't dial out the "fizz". He can't either. What tubes r u running in there robotechnology?

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