Originally Posted by RTR
I got my son a tube mp, and it works fine...I changed the tube but it made no difference since it's starved...also..IS it really worth returning for $30.00?
he said it was $50 and he wants variety. That piece of junk isn't going to sound any different or better than the preamps built into his Fast track Ultra 8R. Now if we were talking about the ART MPA that would be another story but we aren't. I've used Tube MP's for years. Yeah for $30-$50 they make a decent DI for live use but really that's about it. They don't sound awful but they definitely are NOT an upgrade to most preamps in good audio interfaces.
I'd say get the $50 back and dedicate that to another microphone. In low end that could be a quarter of a new mic one that will actually make a variety in tonal options.
craven what is it you like about the MXL that you find drastically different than the CAD. If I were you I'd probably think about a KEL HM2.