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Peluso / Bees Neez PARA1 Preamp
Old 19th March 2008
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Peluso / Bees Neez PARA1 Preamp

Anyone heard anything about the new peluso pre? It only seems to be listed on the Canadian distributor's site, not the main peluso site.

PARA1 Preamp
Old 19th March 2008
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Don't know why they posted that yet but yes, it's coming in the next month or two hopefully. The first version will be the table-top unit like you see on that website and shortly thereafter will come a rack unit with two channels.

It's an extremely flexible tube pre-amp and you can really dial in the sound you are looking for.
Old 19th March 2008
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made in australia with a variable character valve pre. its not designed by sebatron is it?

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Old 19th March 2008
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They posted that way too early...
Old 19th March 2008
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It's an extremely flexible tube pre-amp and you can really dial in the sound you are looking for.
Sounds like you've tried it? Tell us more about the basic sound.
Old 19th March 2008
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Now that's a vintage look of a preamp.... heh
Old 19th March 2008
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Now that's a vintage sound. heh
There's a lot of distortion going on in these examples.
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There's a lot of distortion going on in these examples.
Wonderbar!
Old 19th March 2008
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This looks really interesting but I wonder what's up with the "Entirely hand built in Australia", considering what little I know about Peluso's location and history.
Old 19th March 2008
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very interesting

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Old 20th March 2008
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I'm interested to find out more about the 2 channel rack mount version.
Old 20th March 2008
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This looks really interesting but I wonder what's up with the "Entirely hand built in Australia", considering what little I know about Peluso's location and history.
I would assume it has something to do with the fact that

BeesNeez Recording Studio
and
Peluso Microphone Lab Australia

have the same street address.

But i don't really know anything about it beyond what some googleing told me...
Old 20th March 2008
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Following your links I find this one interesting .
Old 21st March 2008
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I swear I saw one of these pres in the local music shop about 3 months ago. This is in Australia.

It was in the peluso cabinet.
Old 21st March 2008
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Ben, the Aussie peluso guy, was telling me about these a little more than a year ago. he was saying that they are his own design, but are very much based on a telefunken type pre. he was also talking about making an 8 preamps in a rack version! he was also saying that they should be quite affordable.
Old 21st March 2008
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Interesting.

I've not heard of this product or the Cdn distributor (they're about an hr away from me).

I'll consider a trial to hear it in my own shop: the voice clips on their website are basic, but it sounds interesting - with the tonal possibilities, it might be a versatile piece?!?
Old 21st March 2008
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They posted that way too early...
Yep but maybe this will sound good with the stereo peluso's that I bought from you Tony heh'
So I'll keep the stereo version in my mind.
Got to do some overwork here to pay all this new stuff.

Greetz,

Paul
Old 29th March 2008
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Just typed a lovely intro post and previewed the post to lose it. Couldn't be bothered to type it all again. I have a Para1 turning up in the next few weeks. Spoke to Ben, nice bloke very accomodating.
Haven't heard it, don't care. I'm not buying VIPre. I'm not that strong but I do like the variability that a well designed valve circuit can provide. Lot's of flavours and that makes it more useful in a small rig so liked the design ideas.
That about covers the lost post. Except to say, thank-you. I don't know who runs this forum but it sure is useful. Who have thought that 20th Century interconnectedness would be used for butting heads and sharing experiences. Humans, they are a mystery.
Will let you know more when it's in my hands. Back to the build. (Is it OK to hate cabling)
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Old 30th March 2008
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Let us know if you get it
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Just typed a lovely intro post and previewed the post to lose it...
Welcome, Pete.
Old 30th March 2008
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It sounds like Peluso is only involved in name/distribution. Anyone know for sure if this is correct?
Old 16th May 2008
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BeesNeez Para-1

I was interested in the PARA-1 and a peluso 2247-LE, after seeing a demo of all the peluso mics and the PARA-1....All I can say is after hearing the quality I set my self on a mission to get that sound on my front end...So I contacted Ben Sneesby and Visited his Factory to see what the deal was...Let me say and you can Quote me on it! The Pre-amp is freakin unbelievable in quality and sound, and when you see how it works and the clarity and warmth it adds ,you'll never NOT consider using it on the front of your DAW....Plus Ben is an absolute down to earth guy, who totally goes out of his way to ensure you know every detail about the depth this 3 knobbed beast can produce.
Old 16th May 2008
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I was interested in the PARA-1 and a peluso 2247-LE, after seeing a demo of all the peluso mics and the PARA-1....All I can say is after hearing the quality I set my self on a mission to get that sound on my front end...So I contacted Ben Sneesby and Visited his Factory to see what the deal was...Let me say and you can Quote me on it! The Pre-amp is freakin unbelievable in quality and sound, and when you see how it works and the clarity and warmth it adds ,you'll never NOT consider using it on the front of your DAW....Plus Ben is an absolute down to earth guy, who totally goes out of his way to ensure you know every detail about the depth this 3 knobbed beast can produce.
Good to hear, tho being your first post might be construed as questionable motives.

I've been anxiously waiting for this pre to hit the market: I wonder if distribution (abroad) has changed now that the association with Peluso has folded? I spoke to the Cdn distributer a few days ago, but not regarding this pre - maybe I'll follow up and call him again...

Thx for the report - encouraging news!
Old 17th May 2008
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Got one...

Mine landed last week. Tracked some guitars through it and it is a lot of fun. We had some problems with post within Australia and Ben was really helpful. I wouldn't have any problems recommending Ben's customer service. If your interested in the pre, call him up. Really nice fella.
Have it in the UK at the moment. First thing I did was pop it open. Big tor PS, lots of nice caps, JAN NOS tubes. Circuit topography isn't my chosen specialist subject but there was plenty of sheilding, twisted cables, seperation, all the stuff that you'd expect from a well constructed piece. Top work Ben. Wouldn't look out of place in a 70's Hiwatt.
Running it alongside P1, Elixir, GR it gets very crunchy. Like I said earlier, it is loads of fun on guitars. I don't know exactly whats making that texture dial work so well but it reminded me of shifting bias in guitar amps. The thing about this level of variability is that it makes it hard to describe the relative sound. It's definitely warm as you'd expect, it does fatten the signal constructively and it sits on the darker side of neutral but I've only given it a work out with guitar tracks which isn't really an appropriate signal source for extended HF appraisal.
I've never used the Sebatron's although I'm in at Universal in the next couple of weeks and the engineer in there has his own. Might be a useful comparison. Only question is do you go to it? I have for rock guitars. Your milage might be different (as the old fella says).
Thanks Ben. Cue the vocalist.
Old 28th January 2009
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Mine landed last week. Tracked some guitars through it and it is a lot of fun. We had some problems with post within Australia and Ben was really helpful. I wouldn't have any problems recommending Ben's customer service. If your interested in the pre, call him up. Really nice fella.
Have it in the UK at the moment. First thing I did was pop it open. Big tor PS, lots of nice caps, JAN NOS tubes. Circuit topography isn't my chosen specialist subject but there was plenty of sheilding, twisted cables, seperation, all the stuff that you'd expect from a well constructed piece. Top work Ben. Wouldn't look out of place in a 70's Hiwatt.
Running it alongside P1, Elixir, GR it gets very crunchy. Like I said earlier, it is loads of fun on guitars. I don't know exactly whats making that texture dial work so well but it reminded me of shifting bias in guitar amps. The thing about this level of variability is that it makes it hard to describe the relative sound. It's definitely warm as you'd expect, it does fatten the signal constructively and it sits on the darker side of neutral but I've only given it a work out with guitar tracks which isn't really an appropriate signal source for extended HF appraisal.
I've never used the Sebatron's although I'm in at Universal in the next couple of weeks and the engineer in there has his own. Might be a useful comparison. Only question is do you go to it? I have for rock guitars. Your milage might be different (as the old fella says).
Thanks Ben. Cue the vocalist.
Are you kidding me???
2 posters who have done only 1 post and 2 posts commenting on how great the person is and the product

It reads like a bloody ad! Someone's breath smells like fish here.
Old 29th January 2009
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Fair call I suppose. Long time lurker, not so many posts. Well, none. Problem with this place is there is always something to read that covers most ground that one may encounter. I still stand by what I said though. It's a great pre, pretty versatile for a valve unit and it's proven to be robust as I hump it around from time to time. Actually, Ben if your there, did you try some new transformers? Would be interested in giving that a try and would love to hear your thoughts on the differences.
Old 30th January 2009
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Hi Pete,

The new transformers are grat, improved head room, extra 6db gain and +24db on the output!.

They have made a huge difference to the pre overall. The previous transformers that you have are very good, but the new ones just give an edge without affecting the overall tonal characteristics.

hope that helps.

cheers.
Old 14th February 2009
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Ben,
What is the Para-1 selling for?
Is there an 8 channel in the works?
Thanks


BTW,
the new website looks really great.
Old 10th March 2009
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hi there, sorry for the delayed response, i do have an 8ch in the works, a stereo unit too. the price of the single channel is 750usd 55 shipp and ins. thanks.
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For as nice a guy as Ben is I have no clue why he gets as hard a time on this forum as he does.......half the time its completely out of nowhere :( Keep up the good work man!
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