About preamps (Fishman JD Aura and Tonebone PZ-Pre)

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Like many folks who play with a pickup, I have a Fishman and a JD Aura Imaging pedal. I run mine through a few other things, and then out through a Radial JDI.  It seems to work fine, and the simplicity of the passive DI is convenient.  I notice a lot of people here like the Tonebone PZ-Pre, which is also by Radial, and I must say it looks nice and fancy.  I can see that the EQ would be great to have, along with the two inputs, separate monitor and main XLR out, effects loop, and notch filter.  But the JD Aura already has something of a pre-amp.  Even if the pre-amp in the PZ-Pre is better, do you use it much?  Do you:

  • turn the volume up on the JD Aura to just below clipping like it says in the manual, and use less of the tonebone preamp,
  • turn the volume down a bit in the Aura,
  • Keep 'em both up and keep the mains down in the mixer, or
  • something else?

I much prefer the tone of the JDI to the Baggs Para Acoustic DI.  But I miss the EQ, and wonder if it would be even better with the EQ and notch of the PZ-Pre.

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