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Preamp Advice
Old 20th May 2012
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Preamp Advice

I've fallen in love with the 500 series format quite some time ago and strangely enough I've only ever had the pleasure of listening to and slightly tweaking a Dual Vandergraph at last year's AES convention with Mr. Reardon himself! The format is just very appealing to me for some reason...

Now I am highly considering attaining a 6-slot lunchbox.

However, I would like to begin my 500 series adventure with a preamp.

Being that I am on a budget (around $1,300) I would like to be able to get a preamp that is really versatile.

Also, it will be a little while before I can get another module for the lunchbox, and she would remain quite empty for some time... so would it seem fitting to consider a different preamp (non 500 series) altogether?

To sum it up, are any 500 series preamps flexible enough for the price of the lunchbox/preamp combo?

Or put more generically, where would you turn with $1,300 in hand and a desire for a versatile preamp, 500 series, or not.

Thanks in advance!
Old 21st May 2012
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There is tons of info on this site about 500 series pres.

The good news is that there are tons of amazing pres 500 series pres in your budget from A Designs, API, Avedis, Electrodyne, LaChapell, Great River... and of those would be amazing and versatile.
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