Golden Age Project Pre-73 Premier Microphone Preamp


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Golden Age Project Pre-73 Premier Microphone Preamp

Compared to it's other siblings (Pre-73 Jr & Pre-73 MKIII), the Golden Age Project Pre-73 Premier sports upmarket Carnhill input and Carnhill VTB 2514 output transformers and are hand-wired for vintage accuracy.


  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS Line Input, 1 x 1/4" Insert
  • Output Connectors: 1 x TRS Output
  • Controls:Gain, Phantom Power, 80 Hz High-Pass Filter, Compressor, De-Esser, Enhancer, Expander Gate, Output
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 5.75" x 19"
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.


Purists and hobbyists alike can tell the difference when they use the Pre-73 Premier in their projects. The transformers, hand-wiring and carefully spec'ed components all add up to a sum greater than its parts. People with experience with the original Neve 1073 preamps praise the Pre-73 Premier's sound and character; calling it a great value for those chasing vintage tone with a great looking aesthetics to boot.


Those looking to overdrive the preamp for some gritty tones may find that it has more headroom than the original and therefore may be harder to push.


With great sound, value and aesthetics, the Pre-73 Premier is a winner for people chasing vintage tone without the vintage price tag.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Microphone Preamps.

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