Good sounding tube preamp and considered a bargain at the price.
Uses a pair of 12AU7 tubes (Ecc82).
Has decent phono stage for both MM and MC.
Google around and you will see that this is a well regarded tube preamp. Made in Japan.
Replacement would be about $1100, including the second pair of tubes. NOS Mullards. Pre alone was $880 back in fall of 2016.
Very compact unit. Note the photo sitting on top of a conventional rackmount preamp which is 19 in across. Compact can be your friend.
Nicely finished all metal silver chassis, faceplate and cover. I find the knobs a bit flimsy, but otherwise build quality is good to very good.
Nice blue running light. Will fit in great with a lot of silver face vintage gear - especially Marantz, Pioneer, etc that have the blue light thing going on.
Just over one year old.
This is a good sounding preamp. I've owned and used a few different preamps in past few years, and find this one sounds better than most - and gives much more costly units a run.
It's been an eye opener to run this preamp ahead of various vintage solid state amps I own. Like Sansui Au-9900 and Ba3000, also my rebuilt Kenwood 700M and Technics SE-9600 amps really responded to this preamp.
Tubes? I'll need to review how it works with tube amps...been having some issues with the amps so don't trust my recollections.
Only for sale as I have at least 2 other preamps now that are comparable. I really dont need 3.
On other hand, I wont be giving this one away. Thought perhaps someone out there was interested in one built right, with all upgrades.
Normally sold as a kit - but I had the importer Victor Kung personally assemble mine. Cost me $85 with silver wire, but worth it - I am sure my soldering skills (and many other kit builders ) are not as good.
I went with every upgrade Victor recommended. In addition to the following items that he charged me for, he did a couple more upgrades as a bonus. The photo with extra parts may be all that were replaced, or maybe there's some extras mixed in from factory?
TI 2227P Opa-amp (2) Mundorf Supreme 0.47 (Qty 4) Amtrams 1/4 W AMRS carbon resistor
Then I followed Victor's advice and bought some NOS Mullard tubes. Would run close to $200 now to replace.
The MM phono stage is quite good - although not as good as my stand alone Jolida JD9 upgraded. I didnt try MC.
Factory double box, manual, 2 sets of tubes (comes with the GE shown - Mullards are installed).
Quite low hours - probably under 400.
No damage, no abuse.
Not a fan of Paypal these days. So cash or etransfer please.
Local sale preferred but surely will ship. Double factory box so should be fine. Wont be a lot to ship either as is compact and light.
Email or call/text 403-443-3229 not after 8 pm mountain please