Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

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Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby Grant » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:47 pm

Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Looking forward to hearing some sound samples.

Probably time to start saving. :)
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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby mgbills » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:20 pm

I wonder if it's Tweed-ish? Deluxe-ish?

We needs us some tone clips! No wonder Brad's been in & out. But...I thought he was making us a Clip-Ler.

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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby Grant » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:27 pm

I'd hazard a guess it's based on a late 50s Tweed Deluxe.
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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby wolftigerrosebud » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:27 am

New gear by Brad = I'm excited. :P
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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby Smolder » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:09 am

interested to know the tube configuration. Looks cool.
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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby SarnoMusicSolutions » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:08 am

The new V8 is kind of a cross between a '60s Ampeg B15 Portaflex bass preamp section and a blackface Fender tone-stack style preamp stage. The best of both worlds. The pair of 6SL7 octal tubes impart a very special kind of dynamic/harmonic sound and feel compared to a 12AX7. The EQ stage offers more range and flexibility with the Fender tone circuit over the Ampeg "baxandall" shelving style. I still may release the true Ampeg circuit at some point for the die-hard Ampeg lovers.

The V8 preamp is VERY clean, and what's wild is how these octal tubes grab up and reveal low level, softly-played nuance and touch information. Very rich harmonically in the mids. When I dial in the EQ jerry style, bass off, treble cranked, it's pretty awesome as a Jerry preamp. I can imagine he would have loved what it does for that clean, dynamic approach. It's killer on pedal steel guitar and bass which are its target markets.

Currently Byron House (bass for Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, and others) is touring and recording with one. John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco recently reported that it's fantastic on bass.

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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby TI4-1009 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:36 am

No fair showing it off on a cocobolo table... 8)
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Re: Sarno V8-G Octal Tube Preamp

Postby jackevorkian » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:35 pm

Brad....What type of power amp would you suggest to use with this for guitar? Is there anything out there that is similarly compact?
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