Cheap gear you swear by

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  1. jomama2

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    What stuff (instruments, mics, recording equipment, software, whatever) do you or have you used which despite being at the low end of the cost range for that kind of thing has proven its worth many times over to you and you'd opt for over many similar type of things costing more?

    PS could you also say what they are? "I love my Whoozafratz XBJ2000" doesn't mean much to me. :) Is it an amp, a mic, a guitar, what?
     
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  2. denmalley

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    My little cheapo livewire DI has done its due diligence gig after gig after gig.
     
  3. soundchaser59

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    Suhr Reactive Load. Holy **** that thing is awesome! It took me a while to get used to the more direct sound compared to just micing an amp, but damn it was sick when I got there.
    I still prefer really clean tones with a mic for some reason, but any kind of mild drive to high gain is amazing with it because I can push my amps as hard as they can go without killing everybody on my street.
    I highly recommend the Celestion IR's if you guys record with load boxes and stuff like that.

    Got a Digi 002 rack cheap from one of my friends which has been awesome too. It's got nice preamps.

    SM57 never fails.
     
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    Fender Heavy Picks
     
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    Monoprice Modern Retro headphones have worked out great for tracking at $20 a pair. Tried some Chinese MoreMe headphones previously that had great isolation but sounded awful.

    Chinese ribbon mics often win the amp mic shoot-outs. Tried some Chinese condenser mics previously that were a poke in the ear, but these ribbons are smooth and take EQ well.

    I've got an Aphex USB 500 rack I picked up for $300 and added Classic API preamp kits and $100 dbx 560A compressors to which has been great on remote recordings.
     
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  9. rocksmoot

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    I love cheap gear. For mics I have the MXL R144 ribbon mic that I love for its warmth and a Sterling ST59 that has great clarity. MXL mics are an amazing value.

    I have an ART MAP II tube preamp that kills and I have some old KRK Rokit 5 studio monitors that sound fine (and I'm used to them which makes it work.)

    I also use a pair of Behringer Eurolive F1320D floor wedges that have served me well for years as mains for rehearsals and small gigs and for large stage shows as monitors. They sound great and put out 300 watts each.

    My ultimate awesome cheap gear is the 5e3 amp I built using an old Hohner SS cab, some spare parts I had and some parts I bought and speakers that I bought with an Amazon gift card that the company I work for gave its employees this year, for a total outlay of around $150.
     
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  10. Mister Natural

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    I'm a very cheap bastard :
    Shure beta 57a mic
    M-Audio DMP3 pre-amp
    M-Audio Black Box
    MiTech Active Direct DI
    Roland Cube amps
    MonoPrice cables
     
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    Squier VM SSH Tele.

    My whole pedalboard.
     
  12. rocksmoot

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    Mine too, forgot about that one.
     
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    Behringer Control1 monitor controller. It's passive so it's very clear sounding.
    Logidy UMI3 midi foot pedal. I use the Logidy to remotely control transport functions in Reaper. Great when recording guitar.
    Two Notes Captor. Cheap is relative with the Captor, but it's really a game changer.
     
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    awesome little unit,
    would not trade it for anything.
     
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    my craptastic Takstar IEM's lol

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    2007 Gibson Melody Maker, $300 on CL.
     
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    I love my 100% stock PRS SE Single Cut and my Squire 51.
     
  18. RustyAxe

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    Whirlwind IMP-2 passive DI. Cheap ... and very acceptable.
     
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    BEST: The best bang for my buck has got to be my SM57. I can use it for absolutely anything. I can hit it with big SPL, and it doesn't care.

    WORST: Never have I been so aggravated by anything more than my George-L cables. The crackling, the silent pedal board because of the George-L cable, the cutting out of sound. Yes, I'm assembling them correctly. I do not recommend these cables. I don't even know why I haven't thrown mine away.
     
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