Has anyone had the chance to demo the new radial Tonebone PZ Preamp?..Please share yo

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  1. skelly

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    Has anyone had the chance to demo the new radial Tonebone PZ Preamp?..How dose it compare to the LR baggs Preamps as far as sound quality ? Please share your experience, Can't find one In stock around here to try........Thanks for your Input.
     
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    I have used one for about a year..."DID" own a PADI. The Radial stuff is used by most pro sound engineers . I like the versatility of the PZ. Has tons of routing options.Super discreet and quiet as a church mouse with great EQ. Helps make my guitars sound like my guitars (very important).
     
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    The PZ sounds very good to my ears. It's got a great set of features, and they all work as advertised. Can't offer any comparisons to the LR Baggs stuff, as I haven't tried it. But so far, I've been very pleased with the PZ. Agree with Foss that is seems very quiet.

    It also seems to be built like a tank. Very flexible as well. The ability to run two instruments into it (and either switch between them or have both active, with separate levels) is very handy.

    The key feature for me is the sweepable mids EQ, which is vital to getting a good acoustic tone out of my Rare Earth humbucker soundhole pickup.

    It has occurred to me that the PZ could be a killer tool for anyone running both acoustic and electric rigs direct to PA (i.e. using a modeller for electric tones), thanks to the dual inputs and the two XLR outputs (one pre-EQ, one post-EQ).

    Someday I'll break out my Tonelab for a gig or rehearsal and give that a try.
     
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    I found the mid-range the hardest area to EQ with a sub $500 EQ/DI.The PZ fits the bill ! If your looking for the ultimate and have spare coin look no further than a Pendulum SPS-1 (the absolute best). :aok
     
  5. skelly

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    Thanks for your Input guys ....Nothing like Hands on Experience... I do the Country solo thing and my setup Is like this, a Martin DC-16RGTE with fishman Preamp and a Taylor 414CE with ES System to a Fender Acoustasonic Junior then out the back of the amp (Post EQ) to a DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 Harmony Processor I us the guitar thru option, I then run Mic to channel #1 and guitar to channel #2 on a Yahama 8 channel board with a pair of JBL JRX115 Speakers, I get a good sound But I think with a good preamp I could lose the Acoustasonic and still get a Better sound, I demoed the LR Baggs Venue DI Direct Box and the Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Both sound vary good, Both have onboard tuners< I dont need any more tuners, the Martin and the VL-4 have tuners and I have to tune to the VL-4 anyway to get the best harnonys, Sooooooooo I think that the Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre would be a good choice, and I realy like all of the routing options. Sound Quality being the deciding factor for me.........Thanks again for the hands on reviews .........I am always open to any suggestions / Options, and what others think, Your thoughts are welcome.
     
  6. skelly

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    Well the Tonebone PZ arrived yesterday and I spent about Three Hrs Tweeking with It....I did'nt need to because I got a Great tone right away.......This thing is amazing...soo clean soo clear soo Quiet and Natural sounding , Not gainy.......It's vary close to a Guitar that has been micked with a nice Microphone......The only thing that is missing is Just a little Air .....so I purchased a Aphex Acoustic Xciter Pedal for 65 bucks on Ebay.......I was gona get one anyway........so I am Vary satisfied with the Tonebone PZ........I would like to hear from others that have Used the Tonebone PZ or the Aphex Acoustic Xciter Pedal /what they think and what are the best settings for them.....Thanks for your Input...
     
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