Classic Audio Products Of Illinois VP312 by mahasandi
This preamp sounds incredible.
This is the 70's api sound.
Mid range punch without any harshness in the highs.
I prefer this pre to the modern offerings from API.
At lower gain this pre is remarkably clean and detailed.
It has low/no noise at full 60db gain.
When driven the output knob is fully variable so you can achieve
various shades of saturation.
The tone, which must be heard, is very rich harmonically.VERY RICH HARMONICALLY said for emphasis twice....
Punchy transient response is here in spades.
I have not used the VP26 which is quite popular on GS.
I have owned a Bae 312a which is a great pre, however I prefer the VP312, its overall tone is more similar to vintage API 312 I have heard.Though I prefer the BAE 312a to modern API 512c.
The unit has mute polarity and pad.I would have prefered a hpf,
but the features included are useful.
This unit can be purchased as a kit or assembled.
There are 2 versions one with DI
I have the non DI version so cant comment on that yet.
If your handy with a solder gun
and have the time crazy cheap.
To buy fully assembled still crazy deal, and to my ears the best sounding 500 pre yet YMMV