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Old 12th August 2002
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Originally posted by etherize
I am planning on picking up a vintech. I see many people comment on how the x73 is good but the vintech 1272 sucks. I don't think I need the eq section so I am inclined to pick up the 1272 if the preamp is pretty close to the x73. Have any of you compared the two? I know that the x73 was a newer design so maybe they got it right at that point.
My ears tell me something completely different than "the 1272 sucks" (which it does not by any means). That description is very suprising to me, because it's as if whoever would say that hasn't put it up in front of an instrument and just listened. I have compared the two extensively (X73 vs 1272) for myself and customers and it wins shootouts many times over other "popularly percieved" preamps depending on the application that the customer is looking for. There is no "right or wrong" with either of these tools. The main difference that I hear is that the X73 has airier highs (like a great condition 1073), where as the 1272 strength lies in the midrange (Kind of like a U67 vs U47). The price difference between the units is really decieving, and I wouldn't ignore either one based on that or anything else (in other words use your ears). Suprisingly I have been prefering the 1272 over the X73 for bass guitar and acoustic guitar (next to a Phoenix Audio DRS-2, depending on the guitar and player). It provides that really great Beatley 'Rubber Soul' kind of sound. No, it's not the same type of preamp, but that's what I hear. I could use X73's on everything if I wanted, and somehow find justification for it because it's 'more expensive', but I'm going to base everything soley on the sound, and not price, marketing or politics. YMMV.
Old 13th August 2002
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🎧 15 years
thanks for responding Nathen!! I have been trying to get answer to this and no one responds ... not even Vintech!!

anyway.... I am actually looking for that "airy sound" confused... see I know everyone here will think im stupid but since I have a protools system and a fast computer and plus I just prefer working inside the computer(automation, big ass screen, #'s are remembered) I want to just invest in pre's as outboard and save all my compression and eq for the computer. perhaps I will make an exception on the x73...


Old 13th August 2002
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7 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
Originally posted by etherize
thanks for responding Nathen!! I have been trying to get answer to this and no one responds ... not even Vintech!!

anyway.... I am actually looking for that "airy sound" confused...
Personally I think you are splitting cat whiskers. A little shelf @ 12k with a good EQ (if even needed, which depending on the right microphone may not be) never hurt anyone. In the words of a certain large multinational corporation - "just do it"
Old 14th August 2002
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🎧 15 years
Originally posted by Dave Martin

We could have tried to sue Mother Nature, but we couldn't find anyone to accept the summons. Besides, it's not nice to sue Mother Nature.

We decided not to pursue it any farther...
Dave, are you ready for this? Someone tried to sue Satin, the case was dismissed because they could not serve him with papers.

Here it is.

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff
Misc. No. 5357
United States District Court for
the Western District of Pennsylvania
54 F.R.D. 282
December 3, 1971

Gerald Mayo, Pro Se.

Weber, District Judge.

Plaintiff, alleging jurisdiction under 18 U.S.C. § 241, 28 U.S.C. § 1343, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 prays for leave to file a complaint for violation of his civil rights in forma pauperis. He alleges that Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff's downfall.

Plaintiff alleges that by reason of these acts Satan has deprived him of his constitutional rights.

We feel that the application to file and proceed in forma pauperis must be denied. Even if plaintiff's complaint reveals a prima facie recital of the infringement of the civil rights of a citizen of the United States, the Court has serious doubts that the complaint reveals a cause of action upon which relief can be granted by the court. We question whether plaintiff may obtain personal jurisdiction over the defendant in this judicial district. The complaint contains no allegation of residence in this district. While the official reports disclose no case where this defendant has appeared as defendant there is an unofficial account of a trial in New Hampshire where this defendant filed an action of mortgage foreclosure as plaintiff. The defendant in that action was represented by the preeminent advocate of that day, and raised the defense that the plaintiff was a foreign prince with no standing to sue in an American Court. This defense was overcome by overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Whether or not this would raise an estoppel in the present case we are unable to determine at this time.

If such action were to be allowed we would also face the question of whether it may be maintained as a class action. It appears to meet the requirements of Fed.R. of Civ.P. 23 that the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable, there are questions of law and fact common to the class, and the claims of the representative party is typical of the claims of the class. We cannot now determine if the representative party will fairly protect the interests of the class.

We note that the plaintiff has failed to include with his complaint the required form of instructions for the United States Marshal for directions as to service of process.

For the foregoing reasons we must exercise our discretion to refuse the prayer of plaintiff to proceed in forma pauperis.

It is ordered that the complaint be given a miscellaneous docket number and leave to proceed in forma pauperis be denied.

A bit off topic, but true.

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