Check this little console out - is it really as nice as the PM series?
From the seller, who wants just £1700, pick up in california:
"This is a Yamaha M - 1532 in Greeaat Condition
Includes Console - Power Supply and Cable
32 Inputs With Mic pres and 4 Buss outs and master section
Very well taken care of
ok whats wrong???
lamps on meters are burnt out. (expected for a 25-30 year old console)
Meters are fine
1 fader is broken (just the knob - fader still works)
No fine print here disclosure
Because of the age of this console it is being sold As-Is - Cash Only
NO PAYPAL PLEASE - Pickup Only
NO SHIPPING AVAILABLE - SORRY IT IS JUST TO BIG
IF YOU JUST CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT
AND YOU CAN SEND SOMEONE TO PICK IT UP FROM MY HOME
THEN I SAY , LET'S GET ER DONE
Excerts from various audio forums, some of them explain the difference between a pm1000 - pm 2000 and this console.
The PM1000 has great N3v3-ish sounding preamps, but lacks in output level as standalones. This may not impact WWforum low level recordists, as you can get very solid sounds at the levels they advise.
The EQ is a very primitive three band semi-para of the 73 type... totally non-surgical and not very musical.
I don't think the PM1k has direct outputs or channel inserts.
The mix bus sounds like mush when hit (not in a good way, in a smeary way).
There is no real routing compared to even a Blaringer or Make-me mixer. No true stereo inputs or outputs.
You can track with a PM1000, but racked up channels are actually better IMHO than the whole board since the pres and the XFMRs are the only really cool attributes.
I would not mix on a PM1000 unless I had to.
The PM2000 has great sounding preamps of the API school.
When in proper order, they sound excellent.
The EQ is a crude version of the 550A type, but lacks the vari-Q which makes the API significantly more useful and musical.
The mix buss and routing are usable, but not ideal since busses and masters aren't calibrated stereo faders but assignable mono faders.
I have mixed on a PM2000 and been happily surprised with the results. I also own one and have a great affection for it.
The m1516 and m1532 are very close in most respects to the PM2000 but have switchable redundant inputs for other applications (theater?, television?) and a slightly different EQ, metering and matrix.
I also own one of these that I track with regularly.
I consider all three to be among the best buys in pro audio.
I believe that the M1516, M1532, and M916 use the same DOA (Discrete-Op-Amps) as the PM1k/2k...
This would be the main reason the consoles are referred to as "API Clones". API's use their own 2520 DOA while these yammi's use their own DOA which is apparently pin compatible with the 2520's...
The M series are also x-former i/o balanced although I'm not sure if it's the same part as in the PM's."
Yamaha M1532E manual