Bad packing, or should I say NO packing, is to blame for the damage this preamp suffered. It was shipped to me in a small flat rate Priority Mail box with nothing to protect it. As you can see, the frame was bent and one of the circuit boards was broken into six pieces! The frame was easy enough to bend back, but the PCB was like a little jigsaw puzzle that required epoxy and jumper wires to make it structurally and electrically sound again. While I had it open, I replaced the electrolytic caps and added XLR ins and outs as well as a power jack with regulation.
The ELA V624 is a nice little module from later Telefunken mixers. It has a mic pre with 60dB of gain, high and low EQ (I believe at 60Hz and 10kHz), and a line input as well. Both the mic and line have transformer balanced inputs and I wired the unit with an impedance balanced output. The circuit is fully discrete transistor and runs on +24v DC. They are not as huge sounding as the earlier discrete modules (V672 Pre, W695 EQ, etc.) but very useable on a variety of sources. Certainly worth the time spent repairing such unnecessary damage!