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Vintage Tube Pres - Best Choice?
Old 21st April 2003
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Vintage Tube Pres - Best Choice?

Let's say you've already got a couple V76 in your arsenal. Is there another "must-have" tube pre from the olden days?

Altec, RCA, Collins, Langevin...

Would it be worthwhile to have a little of each? Or are they fairly comparable?
Old 24th April 2003
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5down1up's Avatar

i just compared once v72a against a tube tech .
i took the v72s , i like their sound , but i hate the inflexibility .
i cant afford the mod to make it a monster , maybe someday .
i would really think about what you wanna use it for .
if you have a lot of pres already you can add those anytime .
if its your main setup , i would care about that you can do a lot with the pres you pick . using vintage pres with modern mics can be painful especially if it comes to leveling . just my opinion .
Old 24th April 2003
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Mike Tholen's Avatar

I've got V76s' and V72s' and after using them, you really don't want to deal with any other tube pre anymore.
they rock.
Old 24th April 2003
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andre tchmil's Avatar

Hi Mike, I have two V76 that I love to death.
But I have a level match problem.
I go from the V76 straight into protools.
But I never have the right input level. either too high, or to low.
How to deal with that ?
Old 29th April 2003
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But I never have the right input level. either too high, or to low.
The easiest solution to the rather large gain steps of the V76 is to have a compressor in your signal chain.
Urei always works nice with the V76
Old 30th April 2003
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Dynodawg's Avatar

The V76 is the king

The V76 is beyond a shadow of a doubt, my favorite pre. They are a pain in the rear to work on but are worth it. I record all my vocals, bass and electric guitar thru mine.

Old 30th April 2003
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lowswing's Avatar

I own v72 and it rocks!! the other vintage pres i use (much more that the 72) are tele v676 they are not tube but they are absolutly amazing for in your face sound I have 4 of them with fallowing ser. nr.!
try to get a couple.
Old 30th April 2003
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What is the difference of the sound of the V72 and solid state V676 compared to the V76. I own a pair of V76's and like I said they are my favorite pre by far. I'm thinking of getting more of the buxom German babes.

Old 30th April 2003
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I don't have much expirence with v76 but I can hear the diffrence between my v72 and v676 which is some how hard to discribe in words, the v676 is somehow more solide and hard the mids just sound solid and impresive it is also fast than the v72, the v72 as nicer lows and nice tuby top.
Old 4th May 2003
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I have a pair of V72's and a pair of V77's, I love them. If anything tube sounds better I'd sure like to hear about it, but so far these are the best I"ve heard. I have a pair of V276's as well but they sound totally different, not in a bad way, they just don't sound like V72's. I"ve got a 676 and a pair of 372's here as well but I haven't found the time to rack them yet.
Old 5th May 2003
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Marshall Simmons's Avatar

what am i looking at for a pair of v76's?
Old 5th May 2003
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Dynodawg's Avatar

If you can find one, a V76 that has not been rebuilt will cost about a grand. Re built modules could go as high as $1500. Then if you want to buy a custom rack, that's another grand. It's a spendy proposition...

Here's my pair. I recapped them and the built the rack myself.
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