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Post by TV Lenny » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:19 am

Can anyone tell me the sound quality of Seventh Circle's mic pre's? Are they worth looking into or is there a better place to find a DIY high quality pre?
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Post by earth tones » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:31 am

I know a lot of people here will highly recommend Scott Hamptone's DIY preamps.

http://www.hamptone.com

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Post by kayagum » Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:06 pm

Use the search function- there are 118 topics that mention Seventh Circle.

People seem to like them and Hamptone- it will just depend on what you're after, I would think.
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Post by Randy » Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:07 pm

I have heard a lot of positive comments on both of them. The Hamptone is self-contained with power supply and chassis, so there is less planning to do. The Seventh Circle stuff is more open-ended and can be configured differently, but they don't offer a tube pre.

I wouldn't imagine you could go wrong with either of them.
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Post by TV Lenny » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:26 am

Thanks Everyone. I am going to go with Seventh Circle this time. I like the idea of being able to add multiple different sounding pre's in one lunchbox. But I am planning on building the JFET Hamptone later on. Which then I'm sure will lead to the tube version.

Give me $10,000 and send me back to 1959.-Mike Wheeler

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Post by ShinyBox » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:29 pm

plug for jlmaudio as well:

http://www.jlmaudio.com

the 99V is a thing of beauty. Great kit!

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Post by mikelevitt » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:04 pm

TV Lenny wrote:Thanks Everyone. I am going to go with Seventh Circle this time. I like the idea of being able to add multiple different sounding pre's in one lunchbox. But I am planning on building the JFET Hamptone later on. Which then I'm sure will lead to the tube version.

Give me $10,000 and send me back to 1959.-Mike Wheeler

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Tom,

You will not be disappointed. I own all 4 flavors of SCA, and they are outstanding. I very rarely track with anything else these days - unless I run out of SCA.

Well worth twice what you pay for them!

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Post by allbaldo » Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:13 am

I built an N72, and absolutely love it. Next up is a C84. Someday, I'll try the Hamptone.

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Post by agauchede » Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:51 am

I have a pair of N72's and a pair of A12's - both stellar - highly recommended and a lot of fun to build.

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Post by thearnicasync » Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:56 am

I've got an N72 and a couple A12's, and have had both hamptones.

For some reason, I like the other Neve clones a lot more than the n72. Specifically, the Chandler LTD-1, but it's also a 1073 (and not 1272) reproduction. Let the flaming/ridicule begin, but there's a lot to be said for that 3rd gain stage. :shock:

Highly, highly, highly recommend the a12's. They sound huge but don't go crazy in the low mids...they kinda mix themselves. :D

The JFET is sweet. The tube (I had the LCMP, and regret selling it to friend/studio) is as good as it gets...sounds HUGE but balanced and hi-fi. Super "honest" sounding pre, unlike the Neve stuff which is beautiful in a sort of supernatural way.

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