- Nov 30, 2006
- Hickory, MS
Correct. As the pronounciation for "veni vedi vici" is Wenny Weddy Wicky.
Actually, I never had Latin. I'm bragging because I heard it just the other day on the radio.
I believe the buyers have to file a claim and you get 30 days, as a seller, to reply before they refund them. At least that’s how It’s been for me.
I disagree. If I offer you to buy a "good sounding and well built preamp" for 400€ and when you test it is not at all well sounding with an very unacceptable level of hum and noise and the groundings is not even well doing, I don't think it's honest. (I asked to Jakob if the transfo must be fixed, soldered and grounded, he say YES). I will be ok if the seller announced that the preamp have some problems and must be checked and repaired. I can decide then if I want to take the risk, the time and the money to fix it. Now, that is not 400€ . It is more and I don't know how much yet (are the lamps ok ?). If I buy a preamp announced as ready to use (good sound), I would expect that. If not I loose my time and money and I feel myself be cheated.IMO, I'm not sure that transaction could be called a fraud. According to the pictures in the ad, it can be seen that the main board is not fastened with screws to the bottom of the box, nor that the mains transformers are shielded (and why should they be?). You can also see a kind of grounding network. So you have seen (or should have seen) what you are buying and you cannot criticize it afterwards unless you have agreed with the seller that he will modify it before shipping. The chassis looks very good, and the material used is of good quality, so the price of 400 Euros is not too high. Furthermore, as far as I can see the device was sent to you in just a few days. And you very quickly concluded that it was not working well and sent it for repair.
In terms of quality of work, DIY devices do not pass professional quality control, DIYers have mostly limited knowledge of electronics and only basic test tools, and often a very very very subjective opinion on whether something works well or not. This should always be kept in mind when buying a DIY device. So a preamp that might have served him great for a kick microphone won’t be satisfactory to you for your ribbon placed in front of the harp.
That is why there is always a danger that there will be a misunderstanding that I think you can easily resolve, simply because it is a well-known and very documented DIY project from this forum.
Yes but you can't record with a picture or a beautiful appearance. It was announced to be good sounding and then in my understanding, ready to be used as a recording preamp. For me that's the point: false information about the real state of the pre, that can't use...If the pictures are ones of the actual unit you received, it doesn't look so bad.
You criticize the fact that the PCB is nor secured to the chassis, but I can clearly see the sticky plastic feet. They are not the ideal solution long term, for sure, but they are here. And the grounding seems to be adequate.Yes but you can't record with a picture or a beautiful appearance. It was announced to be good sounding and then in my understanding, ready to be used as a recording preamp. For me that's the point: false information about the real state of the pre, that can't use...
Well, grounding is not. The mains ground cable is connected to the metal housing of the XLRs, not on pin 1... And the shield of the input/output transfo's is not welded to the base (means not shield). I'm waiting the answer of a Tube amps technician who have the adequate tools to test the lamps. If I'm sure the lamps are ok, I can start to check and correct the grounding problems. Thanks for the answer.You criticize the fact that the PCB is nor secured to the chassis, but I can clearly see the sticky plastic feet. They are not the ideal solution long term, for sure, but they are here. And the grounding seems to be adequate.
Now, in terms of sound quality, there are so many diverse aspects. The person who sold it to you may think it does sound good, because it has low distortion and good transient response, and not be concerned with noise. Don't discount it may have been damaged in shipment.
Certainly. I sold a super nice Summit compressor on the bay years ago. It went to Columbia or somewhere in South America. The guy said it sounded like doo, which wasn't the case when it left me. Something was wrong with it. It was a frustrating couple of weeks before his tech found something had come loose during shipping. Wish I could remember what it was.Don't discount it may have been damaged in shipment.
That is not incorrect.Well, grounding is not. The mains ground cable is connected to the metal housing of the XLRs
That is incorrect. Do you mean Pin is not connected at all?, not on pin 1...
Do you mean tehre is no galvanic connection between the shield and ground, or do you mean the case is not connected?And the shield of the input/output transfo's is not welded to the base (means not shield).
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