I really don't want to go here and probably shouldn't. Heck, I think the many happy users of my poor quality preamps have said enough but, completely unfounded slanderous statements cannot go without a rebuttal.
Yeah, I really dislike this whole idea.
Cool. thanks for your opinion. I suggest you should not buy one. Problem solved!
Looking at it at face value, this type of implementation has the potential to negatively affect the sound.
This statement alone proves to me you have no clue about electronics or what you are talking about. Potentially slanderous, definitely unsubstantiated rubbish.
As for overdriving the preamps, that is great that you don't dig it. It can be done without all the fuzzy distortion that first comes to mind. This statement also tells me and every engineer who has ever tracked on a vintage API console...that you haven't. It is very common to hit those console preamps hard and pull back the channel fader. That is the wheelhouse of API. The t-pad is an easy way of making that possible without adding another gain stage. FWIW, you should talk to that manufacturer you rep for that we both spoke of earlier. He complimented me on the way the t-pad was implemented. I know you will not go against him. He puts food on your table. Enough said there.
I think the console vibe could have been achieved without leaving some of these things in...
Again, you are showing all of us that you are clueless when it comes to electronic circuit design. These "things" you don't like are indeed what makes the VP26 just like the console preamp. Take them away, change the output transformer and you have a 312. If you got the drift of my earlier post, that was not the end goal for me. Take one "thing" away and it's no longer the same as the console. Sinking in yet?
...there are some things I would have done differently...
I think we are all anxiously awaiting the release of your first product.
...I was asked what I didn't like about this unit, and I gave him my honest assessment...
Seriously? Do they not know you from GS? Did you plug in a mic during your extensive testing? I only saw mention of a line source with a pad. Who designed and built that pad? Maybe it was a flawed design that had a negative impact?
I don't think the transformers you are using are very good... on paper, or in "real world" use.
The money shot you saved for the end of another classic TB tongue in cheek post. Seriously? That is indeed slanderous BS and you know it. You have no data to back that up, electronic or otherwise. What you still are not getting is that by bashing the EA2623-1, you are simultaneously bashing Saul Walker and the API consoles throughout the 1970's that used the very same transformer. The ones that Ed has designed, were created to be a replica of the AP2623-1 that was used in the old API consoles. I have said this many time before but clearly it is a tough thing for you to comprehend. So bash it all you want, while you are simultaneously bashing the old API heritage. The only comparison that should ever be made with Ed's EA2623-1 is how closely it compares with a vintage AP2623-1. My estimate is that you do not have the equipment or knowledge to scientifically compare the two transformers. I suppose that you have your opinion and thousands of happy VP26 owners have theirs.
Others are free to think differently.
Since you have asked Tony, I have a few quick stories that most have never heard before.
Through this past month of January, I received 3 or 4 phone calls from a producer/ engineer team that were tracking a record in Nashville. This producer (Grammy nominated) owns 4 of my VP26 preamps and also has the first 4 VP28’s that were ever made. They are his new “benchmark”. It was the first time said engineer had used my stuff. The very first thing out of his mouth during the first phone call was “Who made these transformers?. The are brilliant!”. After talking to him for 10 minutes, it was clear he knows more about electronics and circuit design than most current gear manufacturers. My preamps were used exclusively on this record. Once they got to overdubs, it was strictly the VP28. The VP28’s have 2 of the lovely 2623-1 transformers on board for twice the fun! I wonder if this engineer will win another
Grammy for this record? He has 2 now, both from 2010 so I kinda trust his ears and judgment.
I have another engineer friend who has had a pair of my Missing Link modules parked on his mix bus since he got them. Those also have 2 of the 2623-1’s in each module. Said engineer also has access to a rack of my pre’s that he often uses when tracking. He is crazy enough that he loves to have the ML’s in his tracking chain even if set flat. I guess he likes how bad those transformers really are. Anyhow, he just recently brought home a Grammy for a record he tracked and mixed, that he used my preamps on. BTW, that was Grammy win number 7 for him. I wonder if he gives a rat’s ass what your opinion is of Ed’s 2623-1’s???
I have more stories but don’t want to bore you. Besides, I really have better things to do today. So, I’ll stick with my Grammy winning friends (like drBill!) and everyone else who has posted here already. Did you notice that no one has your back Tony?