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huzzam 13th February 2021 01:14 PM

is FMR RNP preamp road-worthy?
 
Hi everyone,

a musician (wind multi-instrumentalist) needs a two channel pre (for 1 mic & 1 1/4" inst) to feed into guitar effects. The effects chain is centered on the Line6 HX Effects, which has switchable line level / hi-z inputs.

The FMR RNP looks like it fits the bill perfectly, but I wonder if it can stand up to touring (if we ever start touring again). Any thoughts, or other suggestions? It's strange how few small, simple, solid state pres I'm finding for road use...

thanks!
~peter in athens

edva 13th February 2021 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by huzzam (Post 15292913)
Hi everyone,

a musician (wind multi-instrumentalist) needs a two channel pre (for 1 mic & 1 1/4" inst) to feed into guitar effects. The effects chain is centered on the Line6 HX Effects, which has switchable line level / hi-z inputs.

The FMR RNP looks like it fits the bill perfectly, but I wonder if it can stand up to touring (if we ever start touring again). Any thoughts, or other suggestions? It's strange how few small, simple, solid state pres I'm finding for road use...

thanks!
~peter in athens

I used one of these for years with no issues. I would say they are at least as road worthy as most other electronic gear. Plus, the customer service was excellent, the one time I needed it. New PSU I think (wall wart).
Also, it is a very good sounding preamp, and a great small form factor.
IMHO. Good luck.

AlecSp 13th February 2021 02:56 PM

The roadworthiness if this is going to depend much more on the owner than on the unit itself.

Look after it, case it, and it'll likely last you for donkey's years.

Throw it in the bottom of a bag with loads of other kit, and you might have problems.

The bit that's most likely to fail is the external power supply - but even that will be from cable abuse. So, again, treat it well and it will return the favour.

huzzam 16th February 2021 01:40 AM

thanks so much for the info! i think i'm sold on it...

Luke V 23rd February 2021 08:19 PM

Not road worthy, I took mine to a friends to do some recording and one of the attenuation knobs got broken off. They stick out far and the shaft is tiny. Very nice preamp though.