In one word this preamp/DI is AMAZING
The mute feature is just perfect to tune in silence. The phase reverse is very basic but it works fantastic to kill any feedback
very musical. I took my fishman platinum pro out of my pedal board since I tested both preamps face to face. Tonebone all the way
If you want a simple but really good preamp seriously consider the Racial Tonebone Deluxe. Super happy with mine. solid and well build.
With the myriad of great choices when it comes to outboard gear, and in particular preamps and DI's, it can be a daunting task to decide which is right for you. I think it's important to determine what your needs are depending on the pick-ups you use, the style of music you play, and where and what situations you'll be plugging in.
Once you've establish those things, you can narrow the options down a bit and then evaluate the merits of each offering as it applies to your needs. Having said all of that, let me say that I use and have used the K&K XLR pre with great results and the Red-Eye Fire-eye with fantastic results. BTW -- I use the K&K Mini's in all of our guitars. If these work so well, why did I buy the Radial Deluxe?
I was looking for the following feature set in a box that was built to last. The Radial is a very solid, professional grade unit and has everything listed below as well as fantastic tone shaping capabilities.
*Tons of headroom
*Low-cut filter with multiple settings
*Dual-output phase switch
*Tuner send for silent tuning
These are really top of the line pre/DI's. We currently have two Radials that we purchased from Shoreline along with the others, but if I could only keep one, it would have to be the Radial Deluxe.