Originally Posted by twitme
Thank you for spending the time to do this test! Recently I've been researching mic pres quite a bit in thinking about adding to my current collection: FMR RNP and Groove Tubes Brick.
Listening to sound samples online I wasn't finding much that really impressed me until I hit upon a shootout that included the Chandler Germanium. I fell in love immediately. That's* what I wanted my preamp to do. From others' posts on the pre it sounded like it probably wasn't the best choice for my only high quality pre, so I started doing more research and fell in love with the Little Devil, in theory, before hearing it in practice. This led me to your thread.
I downloaded the samples and blindly ordered them based on my liking of the sound (disregarding the challenge of naming which was which). My 1st choice was the 57/vp26. Second choice 101/vp26. Third/fourth the standard API and decidedly in last place was the Little Devil. I know there's a lot you can do with the controls of that box, so I wouldn't write it off for the future, but based on your samples I am definitely more interested in the sound of the vp26. Sine I love DIY/soldering I've decided to pick a kit up (and probably an API 6b lunchbox to get into the 500 series game), and keep the Germanium on the radar for when the wallet is a bit more full.
I would note that I don't think your API 512s were a waste of money at all. They still sound excellent.
Well, I'm glad you got some use out of them. I've been doing a lot of tracking lately with all my pres (along with some Shadow Hills Mono Gammas too). I was really stoked with the VP26s at first by themselves. However, I have since really learned what they do and their true sounds.
I will describe the VP26 as being very loose when compared to the others. That doesn't mean I'm saying it is good or bad. I keep going back to the Chandler for that tight, thick, and warm sound. I alos just did some reamping with the VP26s and Devils for a mix, and I ended up going with the Devils. They just dit better for this modern rock tracks. The VP26 was a little more gushy if I could use that term.
I really is just a different color to paint with. And regarding my 512s, I don't regret buying them. I have been getting a lot of use out of them. I ended up using the on some clean and light drive guitars, and they worked swimmingly. I was happy.
Now, I just need to keep adding more tools... Donations are accepted. ;-)