Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp  

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The PRE-73 is the first one-channel low-cost preamp on the market that is using a fully discrete signal path with three separate transformers for the balanced mic input, the line input and the output.... Click To Read More About This Product

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The PRE-73 is the first one-channel low-cost preamp on the market that is using a fully discrete signal path with three separate transformers for the balanced mic input, the line input and the output. The PRE-73 is perfect for almost any signal source, no matter if it's a microphone with a high or low sensitivity (like a passive ribbon mic), a synthesizer or sound module or an electric guitar or bass.

The circuit is very similar to the classical preamp section of the Neve 1073 pre/EQ module with a corresponding sound character that is warm, punchy, sweet and musical. This classical sound has been heard on countless recordings through the years and it is a versatile sound that works very well on most sound sources and in most genres.

The PRE-73 has a maximum gain of 80 dB on the mic input and the gain range on the Line input is -20 to + 10 dB. There is also a high-impedance instrument input. The input impedance of the microphone input can be switched between 300 and 1200 ohms, which makes it possible to affect the tone of most microphones. There is also phase switch and a simple 4-step LED signal level meter. The output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage for more character and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage.

Features
  • Classic warm, punch, sweet sound
  • One-channel mic preamp
  • Discreet signal path
  • Three separate transformers
  • Phase switch
  • 4-step LED signal level meter
  • Maximum gain of 80 dB
  • Gain range on the Line input is -20 to + 10 dB
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Golden Age ProjectPre-73 Preamp
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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5.0

Clean with vintage feel

By Tim

from Bonney Lake WA.

Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp:

This thing sounds great. Very clean and clear. It has a great vintage vibe. Sort of a mid warm sound like The eagles or something. I love it and would recommend it highly especially at the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Discrete Pre for under $300

By Dekka

from Detroit Michigan

Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp:

Transformer ins and outs 2n3055 - BIG silver transitor like the 1073 added bonus of balanced and unbalanced ins and outs if u want it ... turn it up and it seems to have more overdrive than the 1073 ...... which can give some crunch (I would recommend not using as if you can hear the crunch ... it is too much). Great sound ... who really cares if it is dead on with a 1073 if it sounds good?

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4.0

Not a 1073, but who cares?

By Ryan John

from New York, NY

Comments about Golden Age Project Pre-73 Preamp:

This is a pretty standard discrete preamp, a design intended to clone a 1073. Now ABing to the 1073s I have available to me, it's not the same, but truth is, it doesn't matter, because it's great anyway. This pre makes pretty much all sources sound much thicker, richer, fuller, and present. Comparing to some of the Focusrite ISA preamps, API, and Chandler TG series, it's most like the TG, although I haven't listened to it overdriving yet, so I can't really compare it to my favorite aspect of the TG 2. Great bang for the buck, can't think of anything that can beat it at this price point. It's one of those 'color' preamps that you'd get for it's character.

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