Four channels of germanium goodness, or filth (depending on what you’re into!). Serviced and working well. Sounds great.
Serviced and ready to ship.
Demo coming very soon! Ask if you need first look/listen…
4-channel RCA BN-6B mic preamp – designed to replace the earlier valve-based units such as the OP-6. Originally designed to be portable and battery powered! Swipe through the photos to see internal shots.
Sounds as good as it looks (very good indeed!). It also does seriously evil things to an 808. Not that we’d recommend this type of abuse. Not at all. Not us. No.
Came to us having had a recent recap to a good standard. Has been carefully checked and adjusted by our techs Supplied with our usual warranty.
The following is from a facebook post by Carlos Castro:
“The RCA BN-6B Germanium Transistor based portable remote amplifier, was one of RCA’s initial foray in solid-state technology. These came as an answer to their popular OP-6 single channel portable tube channel and the BN-2A multi Mic input portable mixer (also Tube Based). In regards to the BN-6B Germanium mixer, it had a total of (4) Mic inputs and (1) mono output. Each microphone input has an RCA transformer in it that can be strapped for either 150 or or 30 Ohms. The style of input transformers will vary depending on the vintage of the unit, each input transformer will yield different sonic results. The output is transformer balanced which can also be strapped for 600, 300 or 150 ohms. These mixers have the capability of putting out a total of 87 db. of gain. Because of the Germanium transistors, noise can be an issue at high gain. Unless you use an input pad, condenser microphones will not be happy being fed into this unit, the only exception is a Sony C-37a, which has a low output and it sounds outrageous going thru this pre. The character is unique, the transient is response is slow, think of a Neve Mic pre-response but with a beautiful mid-range that can sound slightly gritty at times, but I find that cool, personally for certain things. For certain voices, it may sound too dark and muffled using the Sony and the RCA, but when the match is good, it stamps a Wow factor into the track. Special care must be paid to the power supply and the general re-capping of these units. Usually the meters on these units go bad over the years, in my unit the mixer was serviced and restored by Mr. Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections. Just another color within the wide pallet of sounds available that makes things sound that much cooler at the end of the day.”
In excellent cosmetic condition for its age with only minor signs of wear to the face. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.
120v model. For UK/EU buyers it will be supplied with a high quality voltage transformer.
For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.
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