Now the price of the originals will go up to $12,000 each....great.
Or it'll go down like the UREI stuff did.
I'd say that the reason the UA reissues caused older UREI gear to drop in price was because the reissues pretty much nailed the sound/performance/quality of the originals, at least as far as the 1176 and LA2A was concerned. Thats a good thing, I think. The price of a clean, great sounding 1176 had gone way past $2k, and then you could buy new ones for $1600. I know that I compared the two and made the easy decision to go with the brand new, under warranty version, for 20 to 25% less cost.
But you can get old 50s and 550As for less than $1k, if you shop around, certainly no more than $1100 or $1200. So, a new $1600 reissue is going to have to come down in price to impact the cost of the originals.
Someone enlighten me please. How does this compare with the 550b? Apart from the obvious 3 bands+filters vs 4 bands/switchable shelving why would one want one over the other? The 550b's cost less. So what's the mojo 'bout the 550a.
Yes, I would like to know as well. And while we've got an API topic on the board, I got my second lunchbox from API the other day. It doesn't have the "nominal level" -2/+4 jumpers on the board anymore. That really was a nice feature, really added flexibility. I called API to find out if they'd implemented it some other way, and they said only that they've "discontinued that feature" plus the guy I talked to seemed like he barely knew what he was talking about.
Also, anyone wanna take a guess as to why the 2-slot rack is a couple hundred bucks more than the 6-slot lunch? Better P/S?
anyone wanna take a guess as to why the 2-slot rack is a couple hundred bucks more than the 6-slot lunch? Better P/S?
my guess is competition. Averill and OSA were selling good quality lunchbox type enclosures for hundreds less than API and API finally got around to lowering their prices to compete. But only on the lunchbox type racks.
I was chatting with a vintage dealer a few years ago. I wasn't buying, so he had no axe to grind. He said he thought the 550A was the king of API EQ's, better than the 550 or 550B. Maybe it is down to the band choices, or the filters (which the 550B doesn't have).
At the end of the day, there is probably little between the 550A and B. I Imagine the 550A made API the name it is today though. Perhaps that's why people are still chasing after that sound.
How would it compare to the Brent Averill E15 ? http://brentaverill.com/e15/
I was surprised that the BA hasn't been discussed much here, any opinions (at least the price is way lower than the API reissue)
I've got a pair of 550A's which I know and love. I've just bought a pair of clean original 550's from a friend in Europe (cheap! he wasn't using them...why?) so what should I expect, sound-wise, between these and my A's ?