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Great River MP-2NV or Neve 1073DPA???
Old 11th June 2006
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Great River MP-2NV or Neve 1073DPA???

How similar do these units sound?

I want a 1073 sound but can't decide whether or not to buy a clone or just pony up for the NEVE.

I know the Great River has some extra features(meters, DI) etc. but I am mainly concerned with the sound. Want to use it mainly for vocals and electric guitars.

Thanks for the help...
Old 11th June 2006
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OH NOOOOOO, NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!
Old 11th June 2006
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Get the 1073 if you can afford it . If you can't , get the Great River .

You'll be happy with either one .
Old 11th June 2006
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why dont you put the chandler on that list aswell
Old 11th June 2006
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Id go with the MP2-NV.

It's my understanding that the Great River is basically an "improved" version of the 1073, while the 1073DPA is a reproduction copy of the original 1073.

Check out: http://mercenary.com/greatrivelmp.html
Old 11th June 2006
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I owned a MP2NV...I wouldn't call it an improvement. Variation, yes, improvement no.
Old 12th June 2006
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Thanks for the input everyone.
Old 12th June 2006
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How bout Vintech or Brent Averhill? I've used the Great River and find it to be quite a bit cleaner than the typical Neve sound. This may or may not be something you want.

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Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisgraff
I owned a MP2NV...I wouldn't call it an improvement. Variation, yes, improvement no.
So do you prefer the sound of a 1073 over the MP2NV?

If so, what is it that you prefer about the 1073?

Considering the 1073DPA cost $1.5K more than the MP2NV, would you say it's worth the extra money?
Old 12th June 2006
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unless you need the DPD or are a sucker for showing off names, Id go Brent A 1272

btw, if you have the cash in bank against yer plastic, advise physically checking out any considerations before final purchase--plenty of good dealers here will cooperate and guide you.
Old 12th June 2006
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put a chandler ltd-1 on the "need to hear before shelving out the money"-list...
Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by natpub
unless you need the DPD or are a sucker for showing off names, Id go Brent A 1272
I always wanted to compare overdriving 1272s and 1073s. I've also read of some mod to make a 1272 closer to a 1073.

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Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by insomnio
I've also read of some mod to make a 1272 closer to a 1073.
like this one
http://www.jlmaudio.com/JLM%201272%20Switch%20kit.htm
Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnjm22
Considering the 1073DPA cost $1.5K more than the MP2NV
Are you sure about that price difference? 1073DPA shows $3100 list vs MP2NV $2800 list. I would expect the retail prices to be somewhere in the same proportions - no?.

Steve
Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnjm22
So do you prefer the sound of a 1073 over the MP2NV?

If so, what is it that you prefer about the 1073?

Considering the 1073DPA cost $1.5K more than the MP2NV, would you say it's worth the extra money?
I'd probably get the BA 1073 if I had to do it all over again.
Old 12th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by squeegybug
Are you sure about that price difference? 1073DPA shows $3100 list vs MP2NV $2800 list. I would expect the retail prices to be somewhere in the same proportions - no?.

Steve
The MP2NV goes for just over $2k.

I don't know where you got the $3100 figure on the 1073DPA, but all the sites I've seen are selling it for $3500 (£ 1859.99).

http://www.dv247.com/invt/24908/

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/page/s...oduct_id/12716

http://www.millennium-music.co.uk/ho...gory_id=PREAMP
Old 12th June 2006
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A few considerations:

To me, the MP-2NV doesn't sound like a clone of the 1073 exactly.

The truth is that they're both excellent on vocals and all sorts of guitars, and that you'll be immensely happy with either of them.

Another thing I should add, is that I happen to find the 1073 DPA too expensive for what it does.

Oh... and you live in the US, a place where you have two high end studios in every street , so book some time in one of them, listen, and decide for yourself.
Old 13th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marjan
Another thing I should add, is that I hapen to find the 1073 DPA too expensive for what it does.
Yeah, that sucks.
Old 14th June 2006
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I got retail prices (in the US) of $2150 for MP2NV and $2750 for 1073DPA. So 28% higher, not exactly another magnitude of price difference.

Steve
Old 14th June 2006
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You need to consider the Aurora Audio GTQ2 mkIII as well.

www.auroraaudio.net
Old 14th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by insomnio
OH NOOOOOO, NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!!

he he

I would do the 'right' thing and by a real neve
If you buy a clone or a reissue it will not hold it's
value. If you buy the real deal it will hold it's
value and most likely increase in value

Unless you need the exact eq points of a 1073
I would go for more affordable options such as
a 1066 or even a 1064. Also there are tons of broadcast modules
out there that sound better than any vintech product and sound better than the dpa in my opinion. Go to vintage king they have all the different modules
at fair prices. They refurb them and warranty them you can't go wrong.
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