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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby Vinnie » Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:28 am

fold'em wrote:NEVER EVER do business with Mark MOSTEC. A word of advise...

you are the first person i heard saying bad comments about mostec
and i know he delivered his equipment to many people
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby fold'em » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:05 pm

dan i dubdub wrote:pretty damning comment there without any apparent reason. Plenty of people clearly have done business with Mark and he builds some good equipment.

You know, I have a reason. My preamp broke down, I returned it to him and I have been waiting almost 3 years now for it after many, promises from him to return it(fixed). He has entered radio silence now so I will probably never get it back.
I have even asked him to return it to me unrepeired so I can take it someone else here to have it repaired...
So yeah I have my reasons to be dissapointed.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby StepDubStep » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:14 pm

That's absolutely ridiculous. And after hearing that, I will never do business with him. Too many people like that out there. It's a damn shame.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby Vinnie » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:48 pm

indeed. That is really bad

what has gotten in his head?
if i remember well he (used to) live on that ... such a bad pub is no good for his commerce
i hope he makes it up with you
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby DUBAHOLIC » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:38 pm

Hmmmm.. Ive done business with Mostec recently on a repair and all good. Took a little longer than anticipated but i understand that... he is very busy, Building pre amps alongside a full time job. I got my pre back and no charge for repairs. His a very fair guy. Dont understand the above post???

On a different note... Just a week ago i received my Jo Red 4 way through.. Awesome unit.. Highly recommended along with Mostec 3/4way. They my 2 favourite Pre's on the market right now.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby guillaumebougard » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:21 pm

OK, I am back with very basis questions.

For the moment, I have 2 turntables feeding a "regular" preamp feeding an old amp which feed a pair of speakers. Sound quality is great, all is vintage. I have been toying with the idea of getting a more "reggae-oriented" setup, because I love the tweaking and filtering and echoing, etc...

1. I dont understand what is a 3 way or a 4 way preamp. Is it a preamp that feeds 3 (or 4) separate amps? If not what is it?
2. is the chain of equipment something like a regular stereo, ie: turntable = > preamp = > amp (in an earlier comment, I read 1 for bass, 1 for mids and 1 for highs) = > speakers (logically if amps are 1 for bass, 1 for mids and 1 for highs, speakers should come out of each amp and be 1 for bass, 1 for mids and 1 for highs, right?)

If I want to use a preamp like those Jo Red, Mostec or others are showing on their youtube videos, but dont intend to use those in a soundsystem, can I hook up the preamp to a regular amp which itself is feeding my existing speakers? Or is there something I don't know about that would prevent me from doing so?

Currently I dont have enough space at home to install large speakers (my old JBL's are already 1 meter tall and are vastly under utilized).

Apart from separation of the 3 amps fed by the preamp, what will I lose ?

Thank you for bearing with my ignorance and for your replies.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby russ d » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:03 pm

3 way / 4 way.... its just the seperation of frequency... bass, mid, tops / bass, mid bass, mid, tops.... the pre-amp will seperate these sections out for sound system use where seperate amps are needed for each section... in home use most pre-amps will have a single line out / tape out.. or you can link each seperate out, most pre-amps usually have 2 outs for each section that can facilitate this, so link bass to mid to tops to combine sections and come out a spare single line to hifi... you will still get all the pre-amp cutouts, eq, filters etc operating same way as on sound system with seperate amps...

you wont need any xtra equipment, just your decks, the pre-amp, your hifi amp and speakers...
excepting the need for a seperate delay effect if you want to echo out some stuff on the pre-amp...

be aware that most pre-amps are mono... probably very few pre-amp builders want to produce a stereo pre-amp, lots of work, uneccessary for sound system... and it will near double any cost... that said, it may be possible with some searching to find a willing pre-amp builder for stereo... but maybe consider that if someone like jo red (a likely candidate for building a custom stereo pre-amp) is producing a mono pre-amp at somewhere in the region of £1500? or thereabouts (an estimation as im not specifically sure), then a stereo one aint gonna come cheaper... slightly alternative thought but you could ask for a specifically custom made pre-amp that does without some do you need mic sections ?...if not then it could be quite a saving on the build... its worth asking any prospective builder this before making an order... but have in thought any potential further use or saleability of the unit in a future time.

i had a custom made mini pre-amp, to my own design, i kept it simple for portability, no mic inputs, no graphic eq, no deck inputs... it had 2 line inputs at which i could connect directly cd players or a dj mixer (which can accept decks etc)... and it had 2 further line inputs for external equipment, mic pre-amp for mic, or sound effects unit... each input had its own volume control... and the line inputs for cd/ dj mixer had a cross fader... the pre-amp itself also had an insert point to allow input of an outboard graphic eq if ever there was a need... features-wise it was a 3 way pre-amp, with semi parametric on each section, volume, cutout switch and led meters... and there was fx send all sets of inputs, and an fx return section with volume, bass, treble.... and only a line output, no seperate outs... it was designed to be small and portable, i used it to dj with on club systems and such.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby guillaumebougard » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:16 pm

thanks a lot Russ, it is starting to make sense.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby Apostle » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:06 pm

Guillaume, Jo Red produces a Micro Pre that might suit your needs. It's a small portable pre-amp and suited for home use.
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby guillaumebougard » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:46 pm

If only he replied to my messages...
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Re: reggae pre-amp wanted.

Postby talawa » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:41 am

I also have a mostec mini-pre like Russ. Sound is great but mono only. I don't really use it for playing out nowadays but I wish I had got him to build a stereo one and paid the extra at the time as it is mainly used in my front room. Jo Red pres look nice.
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