-another lucky low level VP 28 user here
. 2 stereo pairs, actual one with reddots>app992fet , the other stereo pair with gar2520>gar1731.
cannot decide which one i love more, the first combo is more defined and openes up some space in the mids, the second gives some well known
creamy feeling ..
for opto the jlm LA500 is just a bargain if you diy them. took me 4 hours for the first one, 2 and a half for the second one.
if the VU would not show me there is some huge gain reduction happening i would not believe...you can dial in 10 db and more GR (just checked on drumbuss) and it won´t distort.and if you hear the compression it sounds always nice and thick.
i would say the LA500 (pair) is on par with my 33609 for buss duty..stereo tracking is very good if you buy a pair of them.
CAPI LC53.... not cheap and, if you going to diy , lot of work.
But it has a clean , fast sound with little phase shift, you can boost every
freq. all the way without fatigue, solid and tight bass. i loaded them with double gar1731 to get some warmth, with reddots i felt them beeing to hard ( for digital sources )