Golden Age Project PRE-73 Mk2 by trashdinner
After reading a lot of reviews and watching all the videos I could find on the web about the GAP Pre-73 MKII, I decided to invest my week pay and get this amazing unit.
The first thing I did when I recieved the preamp, was to open a Cubase session and A/B it with my Presonus Firestudio Project preamps. I spent 4 hours recording guitars, vocals, bass and yukulele and I must say that I was really impressed by the clear mids and tight bass I was getting from it.
It's a little cleaner than the original 1073 and the low are not as fat but in my opinion, the difference isn't worth 4000$. This preamp has everything you need, lot's of gain, 48v, DI input, insert and even a phase buton. The only thing it lacks is a better output meter. The 4 led meter on the Pre-73 is not bad, but sometimes it's hard to work with only a -10, 0, +10 and a clip led reference.
the casing is made of metal wich makes it feel robust and the red color and overall style makes it feel like a real vintage Preamp.
In conclusion, this unit is really a bang for the buck as it sound really close to the original 1073 for a tenth of the price. I'll probably buy another one soon and I suggest it to everyone that wants a good vintage style transfo preamp and that doesn't want to pay for the real thing.