#1
First off, I'm not too solid on what a preamp does in front of an amp.

I read on some other forum that using a Reel to Reel sounds good in front of an amp.

There is a $40 tube mono Reel to Reel in my area and I was wondering if I should give it a shot.

PS: The R2R already has 1/4 jacks in and out
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#2
Well, you're actually in very good company as it was Richie Blackmore's favorite trick.
I did that for a while with a 60s Grundig which sounded fantastic. Too heavy to transport though. Mine had to be put on mic input and in record standby. Had to modify 5 din cable to 1/4inch mono.
#3
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First off, I'm not too solid on what a preamp does in front of an amp.
It brings the signal impedance down and the amplitude up, so you can amplify it to an appreciable amount with a power amp.

Depending on the tape recorder you may be able to use it as a pre.

Guitar amps though already have pre's so unless you particularly like the sound of your guitar passing through the recorder and you don't have to play through a proper power amp, you don't need any pre before a guitar amp.

Also putting a pre after another pre will likely make you loose high end and overload the second pre.
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#4
Mine pretty much was equivalent to overdrive, it had gain and tone controls. Had no clue Richie does it until I saw him tweak it in concert on a Rainbow dvd. Apparently Yngwie did it in his early days too.
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#5
I've done things like that (long ago) as a substitute for an overdrive pedal. These days it's a bit clunky to haul around.

At one point I was using an old Bogen PA amplifier (low power, probably from a school) as a distortion pedal. I found out Terry Kath (Chicago) did the same on the original CTA album.

These days that $40 can be put to better use, however.
#6
Naw, there are better options these days. Those guys were just using a RR as a big unwieldy OD pedal before OD pedals were well developed. I suppose you could take out the necessary preamp guts and build your own hifi OD pedal but it seems like more of a science project than a practical solution to guitar tone.
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#8
For the price I think I might do it, I don't need a Pre Amp but sound cool as overdrive and if not I could use it with a mixer for tape delay
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#12
^ near the stack of snake oil drop inductors
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