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What is the deal with Neve 33145 preamps?
Old 28th September 2006
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What is the deal with Neve 33145 preamps?

Saw one for sale. How do they sound and what are they worth? Thanks!
Old 28th September 2006
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Originally Posted by jebjerome View Post
Saw one for sale. How do they sound and what are they worth? Thanks!
Hi

You may have jumbled up the numbers.... do you mean 33415?

Explanation..

First 3 = Extra Dark Sea grey paint and lower case lettering
Second 3 = 35mm series
Third 4 = Line amplifier
15 = model number

It's a line amplifier that was fitted into a lot of consoles... you can run it at unity gain or 70dB gain so it's pretty versatile. It must be terminated 600 ohms.

Your number would be...

First 3 = Extra Dark Sea grey paint and lower case lettering
Second 3 = 35mm series
Third 1 = Channel amplifier
45 = model number.

I can't picture that module though it may exist...

Those third numbers went like this...

1 = Channel amplifier (33114, etc)
2 = Equaliser (rather rare!)
3 = Compressor (33314, etc)
4 = Line amplifier (33416, etc)
5 = Oscillator (33503, etc)
6 = Odds and ends like 33605 power supply, 33608 Stereo Width Control, 33609 Limiter Compressor
7 = Routing unit (33723, etc)

Old 28th September 2006
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We have a pair of 33114's here at Lingo, is that what you mean?
They're sort of second-string Neves, still pretty nice although they don't have that magic hugifying thing that 1073's do.
Old 29th September 2006
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Thanks guys.

Here's what I saw:
http://sfbay.***************/eby/msg/210841773.html
Old 29th September 2006
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Geoff,
Thank you for explaining what all those damm numbers mean! I've always wondered
Old 29th September 2006
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Hi

Oh, right, rare as chicken's teeth module from a local broadcast console after all the broadcast rules were changed in the UK and both BBC and commercial radio stations popped up everywhere!

It's nothing like what you'd consider a "vintage Neve" sound and is not class A or any other groovy word.

But it is made by Neve and won't sound like crap.

I'm surprised it has a channel output...



PS This was an era when Neve also made brown painted modules for the BBC.
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