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Welcome to the DON classics


Home of 500 series DIY kits of classic equipment we all love...

About


Based in the UK, the DON classics is a small boutique audio manufacturer, with experience right across the audio world. From performing, producing & engineering to repairing, modding & designing.

"As a freelance engineer, I came across the age old problem of 'what portable gear to invest in whilst going from studio to studio'. As I wanted to transport as much gear as possible without the need for a removals van, I settled on the 500 series.

First on my list of requirements was finding a mic pre that was an authentic reproduction of a vintage 1970s Neve 1073(1290) which is my favourite pre for most sources. And so I set out a list of requirements for such a product:
Authentic circuit, authentic parts incl:
3 full gain stages like the original
Polystyrene caps like the original
Tantalum caps like the original
BC electrolytics (the blue caps) like the original

To my surprise, I was not able to find a product that satisfied this criteria, and as such decided the only thing for me to do would be to build it myself. After several hard months, the product was complete and I began using the pres as I freelanced around recording studios in London.

Immediately they picked up a lot of attention from fellow engineers/producers and the cries of 'build me some' came more and more, until eventually I caved and as such, the DON classics was formed!

Over this year and beyond, I hope to further continue my quest for the 'best' recording chain with further products for the 500 series format." - (David O'Neill in 2011)


the DON classics is driven by the need to deliver high end products and have an unhealthy obsession with trying to find 'the best!' This has lead to designing and manufacturing authentic recreations of the most renowned vintage units of the audio world.

DIY KITS

NV73

Class A mic pre
DIY kit


With or without EQ addon
NV73
Class A mic pre.
3 gain stages.
Classic mic pre schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £149.
More info...
U76a

Blue face FET compressor
DIY kit


£149
U76a
Blue face FET compressor.
Revision A.
Classic 1176 schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £149.
More info...
NV73EQ addon

EQ addon for NV73
DIY kit


£129
NV73EQ addon
EQ addon for NV73.
Dual slot.
Classic EQ schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £129.
More info...
250EQ

5 band fully parametric EQ
DIY kit


With or without Omeg concentric pots
250EQ
5 band fully parametric EQ.
Dual slot - mono.
Classic 250A schematic/parts.
DIY kit available for £165.
More info...