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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 10 May 2017 10:58 am     Reply with quote

Know anything about this pre? I'm going to need something to replace my old Blue Tube II in my big MosValve rack mount rig. I changed out all the pots in it and now I don't have a Clean channel and no gain on the OD channel.

Anyway, I'm looking for something that has a good pedal steel preamp, kind of hard to find with these rock preamps, plus a good lead channel for guitar, laps, slide etc. Need a 2 channel unit ala the old Blue Tube II.

I'd be interested to hear anything about these Engl pre's that someone has experienced. Thanks. JO.
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Greg Lambert

Illinois, USA
Post Posted 10 May 2017 1:49 pm     Reply with quote

I'm sold on the presonus studio channel. You can really mod the sound all around..
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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 10 May 2017 2:55 pm     Reply with quote

That looks like a nice unit, but I need a 2 channel switching unit with stereo ins and outs. Dedicated 2 ch. stand alone preamp only. Have all the fx etc. in processor. Thanks.

I'm interested to see if this Engl has a usable clean channel for pedal steel or if it's a Marshall clone or just what it is and what other people have experienced with it.

I've just started investigating what's current out there. I may find an old 9002 or another 924 that's had the pots changed out...or perhaps something other than....
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Brad Sarno

St. Louis, MO USA
Post Posted 11 May 2017 5:45 am     Reply with quote

Or consider a good clean all-tube steel guitar preamp and some type of pedal for the overdrive effect when you want it.

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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 11 May 2017 11:24 am     Reply with quote

Points taken, but it's already wired and configured. I'm just looking to replace the preamp. I have other stuff, but I have specific requirements for this rig.

There's about $2K worth of stuff here, so I need to either replace the pre or decommission the entire thing and sell off the pcs. You know how that goes, the 500 & the Reverb unit will sell for a decent price, but the rest of the stuff would bring peanuts.

I don't have the funds to complete it right now anyway, I'm just looking ahead for ideas. Probably something like the out of stock Mesa rack mount V-Twin, Lee Jackson etc. or the other units I mentioned earlier with 2 channels or something current like the Engl or something similar.

This rig is my benchmark since about '92, against which I judge everything else so it will be hard to give up.

I realize most of you have abandoned rack rigs, but not me. There's too much versatility programming multiple sounds for multiple situations and instruments so I'm not ready to dump it all just yet.

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