In my quest for finding some sort of external electronics for one of my decks I was digging around in my garage and found these viking preamps. I think people sell them as tube mic preamps (someone gave them to me after pulling the tubes). I brought them up on a variac after replacing the missing tubes and they work. I used the high level input with a cd player and I assume the low level input is a mic input.
There are three cables coming out of the back of each chasis all rca terminated. Two black one red, I believe the red is power for the transport, one of the black needs to be plugged into the jack below the high level input (labelled "record switch") in order to get any output (or at least it was the only way I could get any output). I'm assuming the remaing rca would connect to the head output. I am hoping that these preamps have a tape head preamp integrated but having not seen the transport I don't know and I don't have a direct head output yet to experiment with.
On the top of each chasis are two access points for trim pots and there is a lable reading "adjusted for 1/4 track heads". The front right corner panel of the faceplate it reads "NAB". Anyway, if anyone has any idea if there is a tape head preamp integrated would appreciate knowing..I will probably just have to try these to see how these sound.
I can't at the moment afford the bh eros or anything up the chain (tube repro, cello), would like to find a pair of the ampex preamps but those are pricey as well. I just want external electronics to experiment with (I don't have any TP tapes yet, I just want to play around with my decks and my prerecorded tape collection).