I have a Boss AD-5 Acoustic Instrument Processor that I bought a long time ago. It is billed as being both a preamp and a direct box and while it is not a "high-end" unit, it was not cheap either, about twice what a Baggs Para DI goes for. I have used it between my Rigel A+ and a sound board and it worked OK. But now now I am looking for ways to improve my sound going from the Rigel into an amp. I have a Crate CA-30 which has plenty of power for what I do. I never get the volume over "5."
My problem is that I can't hear that much positive difference between going direct from the Rigel into that amp than using the AD-5. It would seem to me it should noticeably improve the sound, but I have messed with it extensively and I'm not hearing it. Whether direct or preamped, the sound is just sort of a middling pizeo sound, not bad or "quacky" or anything, just kind of unimpressive. I played the Rigel through a Schertler "David" at a store and the difference was dramtic. It sounded like my ear was right next to the sound hole. But I don't want to spend that much right now. The store guy said a preamp would make a huge difference with my amp. So I went home and dug out the AD-5, but no huge difference.
Is it the AD-5? Is it just not a good box? Or have I just not found the magic setting? Is it the amp, that it is not good enough to "tell the difference" between a preamped signal and a non-preamped one? I don't want to spend a lot to improve this set-up and it would be really good if I could improve things with the stuff I have. I would really be interested in hearing from anyone who has played a mando through an AD-5 and gotten a sound they liked out of it, but all opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance.