You ever tried an aurora? If you haven't, I highly recommend it. I have an old Phoenix audio version GTC2
. Not the newer GTC2
stuff which I have no if they are the same or what have you. But I love my GTC2
so much, I sold my neves reluctantly to buy other gear.
Just from looking at the guts of the BAE vs the original and AMS versions. I bet they don't sound exactly the same.. The caps in the BAE are different than AMS neves. And caps/transformers in the original will sound different from the newer clones...AMS in my opinion used "QUALITY" internal parts. High quality capacitors, supposedly better transformers (correctly made clones) than you can get from carnhill outlet..(blue paint cans that everyone else uses and can be bought by anyone). And the ones for AMS, are only for AMS. And the originals, of course IMO are the best "mojo" transformers.
Some will say that the new current Carnhill trannies are all the same (BAE blue cans vs. AMS green cans). And that they are just painted different on the outside. Hmmmm, they painted the outside with a different custom color for a reason I would assume. Like after spending alot time and research of getting a close match makes sense to me. Or do you believe they did that to fool everyone to think their transformers were "special" compared to the rest? I don't really know. But one day I will test them myself. Haven't had the time yet.
Again, somebody here will most likely chime in and tell you its the same. Ask yourself, did they actually did a shootout and compared the Blue carnhills to the AMS custom green carnhills? In my experience, Different parts = different sound
. The parts in the AMS 1073
are top notch down to the last capacitor. Of course they cost more than BAEs. But all depends on what you are willing to spend. $8000 for an AMS pair with rack or BAE's $6500 pair with rack or $2600 for GTC2
If you seriously need a high quality matching pair of 1073s for the sake of having matching stereo eq pair and preamps. My vote is to get the AMS Neve modules with the AMS rack. And get them ordered with close serial #s.. And if you want to go even further. Install the original trannies in them. Let it be known, that AMS did switch up some parts through the years because of availability. I know this for fact from owing one module made in 2006 and another made in 2008. They were not exactly the same.
The mids and that british magic punch on those things are just phenomenal. Some say don't use any other rack than AMS racks to get the best of them..I went with that advice and was very happy with the result. It was Low noise!! in comparison to those vintechs (serious hum buggers).. And it makes sense. To buy the same manufacturer rack, which they tested with their modules. I ended up choosing my GTC2
over them because of many factors. (sound -GTC2 had a better high freq clarity, price factor, I don't need all the eq points or filters, no hum, I don't need a rack/psu to run them and the aurora's only take 1u of space big +).
Finding a close match pair of the originals that are intact 100%. Man, thats going to be difficult. Because who knows what parts were replaced in them (caps, resistors, etc) over the years. And are the transformers the same make? Neve had all kinds of different input transformer makes. (black cans, olive green metallic cans, light green painted cans, even cylinder cans (old neves) not the squares we see alot of)