Originally Posted by Jim Williams
The pre's are nothing special as they are 70's vintage instrumentation amps with a 4 transistors in front of an opamp. They distort at higher gains. The EQ is pretty good as it doesn't have the interactive mid bands as found on the 80 series. They are worth around $3k in these parts, but the euro or pound may inflate that as it seems to do over there. Do invest in a quality power supply or you will keep the techs busy!
I had a 24/36 in okay shape that I sold for 6k a couple of years ago. I don't really miss it. Jim Williams had done some mods on it, in fact, adding 8 cleaner mic pres, retooling the eq on 8 channels, and cleaning up the output electronics of the master section. I found the stock eq to be fairly harsh and distorted in the upper bands, but super useful in the lower area. The overall sound of the board, to my ears, was somewhat boxy, but all the distortions and low end bump and brittle highs gave it a certain character that, for better or worse, you don't get with a DAW. Jim's mods were a welcome alternative, cleaner but less vibey, with all the acruing tradeoffs.
I'm happier ITB with a Nicerizer 16 for the analog taste. OTOH, the work I did on the Trident over the years still holds up and sounds great, especially now that I've sort of forgotten what a pain in the butt it was.