Of the the 10 - 20 people that seemed to have bought a Potico and posted about it ALL of them seemed to be positive to very positive about the unit.
What more could you ask for ? If 10 - 20 people say it`s a great preamp that`s at the quality level of other great preamps they own who gives a shit how they describe how it sounds ??? It`s gotta be good right ??? No one in that entire thread said anything bad about the pre right ??? I can`t think of another piece of equipment that hasn`t had bad stuff written about it yet.
I`ve bought some stuff with VERY MIXED reviews before and been completely happy with my most of purchases. If I buy something and I don`t like what it does I send it back or sometimes I even keep the thing around to see if I can find something I like it on. And usually I do after a while. Everythings good for something.
The thing that made that first thread deteriorate is after somebody would spend some time writing a post about how he was happy with his Portico purchase some clown would jump in and tell him his review wasn`t good enough or they need to supply an MP3. What utter bullshit. It`s not like we all work for you cheap ass Newbies that are too dumb to understand you need to shell out some cash in order to find out if a piece of equipment will work for you and your ears.
What particular order of bullshit catch phrases do these guys have to string together to convince you guys that this is a quality piece of equipment that is worth the money and you can make a ****ing CD with it ???
My advice to you is....
1. Buy one from a company which will take it back if you don`t like it.
2. Try it out with your mics and recording medium and see if it sounds good to YOU.
3. If you don`t like it eat the 20 bucks or so for shipping and send the ****er back.
4. Repeat process until you have a studio full of gear YOU like and not just what some trusted recording engineer in some goofy thread likes.
The things gotten no negative reviews from people who work in studios every day. It`s gott be the best ****in pre on the planet right !!!!! What more could you want ?
Just trying to help....