Thanks for all the kind support guys. Seriously.
It's quite a thrill for Trey to have taken such a liking to the sound of the pre last night. I really don't know if it'll stick, but time will tell. Great photos you got there. Yeah, that's the SMS sitting on top of that little rack to the left. It's feeding the rear "effects return" jack of that back Boogie head. They did put the SMS in the rack, but the proximity of power transformers and the CAE router below was adding some noise. So they're gonna reconfigure the rack arrangement I guess. For the show, they just pulled it back out and taped it down to the top of that rack.
It's so funny to me. I got there and was honestly thrilled to see Trey using his vintage rig with that old 2-12" Vintage 30 cab from the '80s, his Boogie head, the Ross comp, the 2 tube screamers, the Alesis 'verb, that old Trey tone I just love. But I can't say I was disappointed that he chose to use my preamp instead. It was very cool to hear him toggle between the two rigs at soundcheck. Very different sound. The Boogie pre into his Vintage 30 cab had that familiar, super warm, dense midrange sound. The SMS Classic into the Boogie power into the Bruno cab was just way more clear, and just juicy sweet in the treble by comparison. I felt like it retained that nuanced and expressive style he's got, but really added a presence and a 3D factor. The top end clarity was very Jerry to my ears. I sort of felt like the Trey tone got a cool dose of SRV and Garcia added to his sound with that rig. I'd never quite heard the Languedoc guitar sparkle like that.
Here are some pic's I took.
... and it's just like any other day that's ever been...