Golden Age Project Pre-73 Premier Microphone Preamp

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Golden Age Project

Gearank Recommendation

The Pre-73 Premier was on our recommended list for Microphone Preamps from April 2020 until it was out-ranked by other preamps in March 2021.


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.

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.

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


  • 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.
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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