Old thread I know, but these are my favorite sounding preamps that I have ever used. A friend and I spent the evening doing shootouts with various mics and pres the other night (tenor sax of all things) and they sounded the best in every combination we tried. They have completely changed my perception of mic preamps. The mics we used included a Sony C38b, a Schoeps M221, a Mojave MA200
, a Coles 4038
, and a Beyer M160
. The pres we used were the Skibbe, a Neumann V472, and a Grommes G5M tube unit that has been modified with an Ampex input transformer and a Utrad output transformer with a variable impedance switch added for use with ribbons and a re-design of the first channel circuitry to make it perform like an Ampex 351 (also had all negative feedback removed from the circuit). They also kill on drum overheads (C38b), kick (mojave), guitar (4038 and M160), voice (mojave), and (stereo and mono) ambient applications with a Peluso P-Stereo and a Coles 4038
. There is just a presence to them that is weighty and clear. Even bleed sounds good through them. He recorded some friends' album a few years back that has since the first time I heard it been one of my favorite sounding albums ever and I always remember the color of the ambience
sticking out to me more then anything else about the album (obviously tons of other factors went into that sound then just the preamps, but...). I asked them if he had mainly used the Flickinger for tracking and the answer was yes.
I really can't say enough about them. I am going to sell the Grommes G5M and an even cooler Frazier branded G5M tube unit that has been modified to have 5 inputs and 5 outputs with Ampex transformers on the back end because I want to buy four more of the Skibbes. I love the tube units too and went through alot to have them made if that says anything.
They are just so good and Bill is a REALLY cool guy as well. When Bill shipped the first unit that I purchased (Michigan -> Denton, TX) it arrived in less than one day! It was like he was magic or something.