Hairball Audio Elements Gold 500 Series Mic Preamp

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For sale are HAND BUILT TO ORDER Hairball Audio Gold Elements Mic Pre with Jenson transformers and John Hardy style 990 opamps! Very clean and open sounding preamp!


I am a trained professional tech as well as an engineer/producer here in Nashville, TN. I use high quality Kester solder and build these by hand. I fully test each preamp before sending out. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for your order to be built.

I build all of the Element series preamps with the Grayhill Rotary Switch upgrade for the gain position. This is a $25 dollar up-charge from Hairball, but included for free in my builds! With the Gold specifically, I use Hairball's JE990 Opamp which sound identical to the genuine John Hardy 990 opamps.

Make an offer if you would like more than one for an even better deal!

Here is some info from Hairball Audio:

Gold is our cleanest mic pre.

It's based around the classic Jensen 990 op-amp. The Hairball Audio 990 is assembled in the USA and built to the specifications of Deane Jensen’s now famous JE-990 paper published in the February 1980 AES journal. The 990 op-amp has become the GOLD standard for discrete op-amp performance.

To compliment this pristine signal chain, we've worked with Jensen Transformers to create a 500 series sized version of their classic JT-16 input transformer. This transformer has set the bar for clarity and performance. To complete the chain we've used the equally impressive Jensen JT-11 output.

This is one of the highest quality clean and open pres available. Unlike the cheap transformeriess pres that come with many common audio interfaces, gold does not sound dull. It enables the kind of clarity and detail you'll only find with components of this calibre. It's the perfect pre for recording acoustic instruments and anything you'd like to remain true to the source.

All sales are final due to parts and labor.

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