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Esthetically your favorite piece of gear.

Post by Ryan Silva » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:55 am

A recent post talked about replacing knobs on a Pre-Amp and it got me thinking of a silly little question.

Who makes the prettiest out board gear?

What makes your rack look stellar?
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Post by thieves » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:59 am

All of my rack gear is damn ugly. I make up for it with pretty guitars and drums.
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Post by joel hamilton » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:05 am

Ryan Silva wrote:A recent post talked about replacing knobs on a Pre-Amp and it got me thinking of a silly little question.

Who makes the prettiest out board gear?

What makes your rack look stellar?
Big knobs on old compressors with big VU meters...

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Post by apropos of nothing » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:21 am

I'm really partial to the garish graphics printed on consumer gear -- tell me the ART SGX-2000 wasn't hot looking!

But basic black is nice too.

Wish I had more VUs, though.

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Post by Ryan Silva » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:32 am

I have one of those cheap Focusrite's (platnium I think) and at the time I picked it up I was really excited about the VU's, but they made them with a blue background and faint white print. You have to get right up to em to read them, what a waste.

I do love my UA m610's 'Big Knob' :wink:
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Post by johnbohn » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:37 am

By far one of the prettiest pieces of outboard gear I've ever seen.
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Post by creature.of.habit » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:42 am

johnbohn wrote:By far one of the prettiest pieces of outboard gear I've ever seen.
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funniest part of this whole shadow hills hype thing is that, even if it sucked or was pretty bland..no one would be able to admit it...

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Post by linus » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:06 am

It's probably because I just got it back from the shop but my Binson Echorec has a backlit, etched plexi faceplate, a gold hammered body, cool knobs, and a "magic eye" tube to indicate input signal. The italians know how to make pretty gear.

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Post by channelcat » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:54 am

I'm partial to my Eisen pres (little Marconi knobs) and EQs, but I dig the retro look of my UA 2-610 too. Oh, and the faceplates and VUs on my 165As always catch my eye when I walk in the studio.

I was just thinking about the old knob switcharoo yesterday when I was contemplating picking up the new Chameleon Labs 7720 stereo comp. Those knobs are fugly. :?

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Post by Recycled_Brains » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:54 am

out of the stuff i have... the Hamptone looks sharp as hell. i love the big heavy steel casing, big knobs and being able to see the tube glow through the vents in the outer casing.



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Post by Harry » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:59 am

the space echo with the top off is always a show stopper for people who've never seen a tape echo(working tape echo that is)

People can't believe that it doesn't tie itself into a knot after a while.

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Post by shedshrine » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:40 pm

Ach! all racked up they are greater than the sum of their parts too i reckon.

I dig a mere lit up black vla faceplate with the yellow vu's.

+1 on the Hamptone JFET, which would look even better witha Hamptone tube pre next too it.

The Distressor with those proportionately huge white dial knobs.

A mint Tascam 388 with the 10 vu's and the smoked plexi see through reel to reel cover..

Hell, the Tascam 424 MKII is the sexiest looking cassette four tracker...

My 70's tele with faded crackle gold yellow neck finish..

The electrix stuff, especially racked next to each other, the mofx,filterfactory, warpfactory, repeater.. looks like the second attempt to revive the firm is on the rocks again.

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Fearn compressors look like Ferrari's.
Groove Tubes VIpre
Altec Lansing
modded stuff with extra chrome flippy switches..
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Post by kittonian » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:45 pm

My BAE Vintage Neve Rack filled with 1073's and my (2) DBX 160SL's (sitting right on top of each other). Very pretty indeed.
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Post by Electricide » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:50 pm

why is anyone posting in this thread without providing pictures?

This will probably be nice looking when I'm done messing with it.

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Post by RefD » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:33 pm

creature.of.habit wrote:
johnbohn wrote:By far one of the prettiest pieces of outboard gear I've ever seen.
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funniest part of this whole shadow hills hype thing is that, even if it sucked or was pretty bland..no one would be able to admit it...
with the vibe that panel puts out visually, i don't think anyone would blink if they changed the "meter select" switch to say "meteor select" instead.

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