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Nail - hammer / manley 500 Series EQ\'s
Old 22nd January 2012
Gear Nut

Nail - hammer / manley

Please your thoughts on this:

Already have eq from my toft console and apis 560 and 550a
Already have pair of distressors elx-8, 1176 and drawmwer1968.

Should I bought massive passive and manley vari mu ( or tube tech) or hammer and nail from a designs saving usd 2000?

I have the money but of course saving usd 2000 is good.

Pop, rock and mainly jazz. Tracking and mixing,not mastering now.


Old 22nd January 2012
Lives for gear
If I were you I would consider buying the Massive and VariMu second hand. I have had my Massive and Mu for 15 years and the tubes are still fine. I had my technician look at them recently and he told me the units are working to their specifications and not to replace the tubes (even though I have a box full of replacement tubes). Manley gear is very well made.

I have the Hammer EQ but not the Nail. It is a very good broad stokes EQ but not as flexible as the Massive Passive which is in a higher realm.
Old 22nd January 2012
My vote's for Manley... ..and check the Tube Tech stuff as well.. worth the $.
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