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    Hi,
    I was reading a thread about an otl amp you built.
    I told my friend who has esl63s,and he is very interested.
    I used to own a transcendent gg preamp which my daughter now uses.
    My friend was wondering if you would take on building some otl amps for him
    Regards
    Ian
  2. Thanks for the reply, Alan. Yes, I would be grateful if you would add my name to the borrowers list, please. Also, what is the price of the two-box phono stage you mentioned in your email? My pre-amp is quite an old Croft model with a built-in phono stage. I have enjoyed using it for many years. The reason I am looking to replace it is that after a period of dallying and faffing with a variety of power amps in my system, I have narrowed it down to one I want to stick with for the forseeable. It is a valve design with a single input source and a volume control. So not quite fish nor fowl if you see what I mean. It struck me as pointless and undesirable to run the signal through two lots of volume controls, so I thought I would treat myself to a change/upgrade by replacing the Croft with a home-made source switching box and a good quality stand-alone phono stage. That's where you come in! Regards. Gary.
  3. Hello, Mr Firebottle. I have just joined the forum, but to save you the time and trouble of reading my introductory post I will mention that I explained in it that I have sort of "lost my way" a bit with my vinyl front end. Too many changes made at once and I'm not sure how to get back - let alone improve upon - the sound that I like. I have heard very good things about your phono stage, and at the risk of complicating things even more, I wonder if it would be valuable for me to explore the possibilities here.

    I have read an old thread, involving Old Pink Man, which related to the development of the early prototypes and early production models of the phono stage. But that was some time back, and I am wondering what iteration of the unit you are on now, what the choices are and what the cost is. Also, do you happen to know where the itinerant loan unit can be found at the moment?
    Many thanks for your help. Regards. Gary.
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    Alan. Hello. I am building up a turntable and am considering a Firebottle phono stage, having been savagely disappointed by beaten to the post on a second hand one. What are you offering and how does a chap acquire one? How do they perform compared to other 'stages? I need MC or a step up. Cheers,
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    Hello Alan. Would it be possible to add me to the list for the loan of your firebottle phono stage please. I currently use a lyra delos. Many thanks Lew
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    Good evening,

    I am considering a phono stage change/upgrade & having had a look around for a valve based option, I must say that your Firebottle Plus is very well thought of across the 'interwebs' and as a result I find myself intrigued by it!

    I was wondering whether there was a loaner programme or demo unit in place to allow me to have a listen?

    All the best
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    Alan,

    Steve Jay is the guy that owns Electricbeach audio, he builds and sells Frugal horns MK111.
    I made a friend request so I can e-mail you.

    Thanks, Ray
  8. Hi Ray,

    Excuse my ignorance but I don't who Steve Jay is.
    The introductory price of the Firebottle AIR is 550 plus p+p. It's a heavy beast and I don't know what the p+p is yet.

    All units are hand assembled made to order so delivery is 6-8 weeks, dependent on deliveries of worldwide sourced components.

    Regards, Alan
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    Hi Alan,

    I'm interested in getting one of the Firebottle Air Amps. Steve Jay he recomended one as a nice partner for Markaudio drivers.
    Can you please let me know your terms and aproximate time for completion.

    Thanks, Ray
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    I have been using a solid state phono for a good few years now but have been curious to try out a valve phono stage. I am happy with my solid state but really feel like a change. Over the last few days I have been doing some research and basically stumbled upon your phono stage due to the overwhelmingly positive response. I was seriously considering getting a Croft RIAA phono stage but have no idea how it would sound with my system and no chance to audition it.

    If possible I would really like to try out your Firebottle 2 phono stage. I have an Analogue Works Turntable with a Cartridge Man Music Maker MK3. It is quite a "musical" cartridge, so part of me is wondering whether a valve phono stage would be a good option. Perhaps it will add more "warmth" to the sound...I am not sure but basically I am looking for something different to the solid state I have (Cambridge 640P).

    Regards
    Gavin
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