1073LB by mahasandi
I purchased two of these pre's and used them in my studio for a few months.
The take away for me is that they are good sounding pre's.
Are they "real" 1073's?
Who knows.... you can read the thread I started here
for others takes and more direct comparisons with vintage unit owners:
AMS NEVE 1073lb Review
I would say the sound for me really shines when you over drive the 1073lb.
It takes on a nice creaminess.
At lower gain the pre was clean with not too much color.
I tried it out on vocals a indian banjo like instrument a dotara, and electric guitars.
Unfortunately I found that the output attenuator knob only knocks off 5db,
not enough to drive the pre to its optimal sound for me.
So using a pad before or after the pre allowed me to achieve the saturation I wanted.
The phantom power switch was/is a mistake as it is a push button on the output knob and can be engaged unintentionally more easily then any other design I ve used.
Considering there are much better priced pre's for the 500 series that are
just as good sounding each in their own way it would be hard to commend the pricing.
For example fivefish audio and CAPI offer amazing 500 series pre's fully assembled for half the price!
I did make some good recordings with the 1073LB's and feel anyone who is
has experience recording and knows the fundamentals of recording could
definitely make beautiful recordings with these pre's.
Are they the best I have heard? No
Are they a great value? No
Are they good pre's? Yes
Do I care about the fetish attached to the name? No, curious as to the hype
but in the end when I have heard legendary pieces of audio gear I have often found there are lesser known equally good products for those not seduced by the "name game" of audio fetishes.