Golden Age Premier PRE-73

1-Channel Microphone Line and Instrument Preamp

  • Discretely constructed
  • Carnhill input and line output transformers
  • Max. gain: 80 dB
  • Rasterized Gain control with 23 positions in 5 dB steps - Gain range 20 to 80 dB for microphone
  • Switchable impedance in microphone mode: 1200 or 300 Ωs
  • Hi-Pass filter: 80 Hz and 200 Hz adjustable
  • Switchable Air EQ boost function (3 or 6 dB at 30 kHz)
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • Phase reverse switch
  • Microphone/Line combo input XLR/1/4"jack balanced
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output XLR and 1/4"jack balanced
  • Design: Desktop
  • Format: 9.5" / 1 RU
  • External power adapter included

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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Hanck, 09.08.2019
Comparison Golden Age mic preamps: Premier PRE-73 and Project PRE-73 MKIII for e-piano and bass. Conclusion: the price differences translate to sound (and noise) differences which made me decide in favor of the premier series.
I ordered a Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKIII. I was not satisfied because of the noise that already appeared with gain and output volume both just over half way (I practice in an extremely noise free studio). For comparison I ordered a Golden Age Premier PRE-73. The noise level was lower, worked for me, though certainly not noise-free at higher volumes/gain.
I tried it on bass, the sound was a bit smoother than the MKIII. It was a rich, heavy and lively sound, only the highs lacked a bit sustain.
On e-piano the sound of the Premier was much better than the MKIII, I can only describe it as: there was restfulness in it. Also less deformation than with the MKIII. Now with bass it is just a matter of taste, but with piano the undistorted sound is important. So you don't get a messy sound when using a lot of polyphonies. Both preamps gave the piano-sound much more power, body, warmth, harmonics and (Premier only) detail and liveliness.
I bought the GAP Premier for the piano. For my Safran semi-acoustic bass I bought a Marleaux Tonwerk instead. A little less lively sound, but no problems with noise at high levels and it sounds sweet in combination with the piano (the eq helps to make the bass stand out whilst playing). Thomann was very helpful with advice and service. For more comparison see review of the Premier PREQ-73.
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Incmode, 22.07.2019
After doing plenty of research about good quality pre-amps. I am happy that I went for the Golden Age Premier Pre-73. Very good quality at reasonable price.
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