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    I'm Alan.

    Default Anatomy of a Monoblock

    More pictures from Firebottle Towers:

    The parts.



    Finished look, front.



    Rear.



    Not complete yet so can't comment on the sound

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    I heard Alans monoblocks at his place 2 weeks ago and they sounded ( and looked ) superb . I've been '' plotting ' on how to get the money to buy them ever since
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    Brian

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    Nice, I've always liked the brushed look on casework. I miss the glowing valve of your proto, but guess that could be a safey issue.

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    If this is one of the mono blocks Alan is building for me, I asked him to place the valve internally so that my Daughter cannot touch it.
    Kevin

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    I believe Alan decided to put them internally anyway so they could be stacked if needed. This may have changed since we spoke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    If this is one of the mono blocks Alan is building for me, I asked him to place the valve internally so that my Daughter cannot touch it.
    Nah they're mine mate . I'm driving down to pick them up this week
    Regards
    Brian

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    Had the pleasure of listening to these myself, their fantastic!!!

    If I had the spare cash Alan would be a very busy man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    I believe Alan decided to put them internally anyway so they could be stacked if needed. This may have changed since we spoke though.

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    That would be another good reason.
    I will miss out on seeing the valve glow, but it is a small price to,pay for the sound quality that these should deliver.
    Kevin

    Funkified Technics SL1200 Mk2 (Funk FX-1200+, Techne-Audio modified DL-103/AT33PTG/II/, Funk Firm "Strata" platter, "Spin" bearing and BO!NG Isolation feet, MCRU/LDA PSU).
    Pioneer PD-S703.
    Battery powered Beresford Caiman II.
    Firebottle KIN fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Firebottle Monoblocks fitted with NOS Telefunken Valves.
    Electric Beach FH3 with Taket BatPure super tweeters.
    Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Headphone amp.
    Sennheiser HD540 Reference II & HD650.
    DIY Klotz MC5000/MS Audio interconnects.
    Talk cable 3 speaker cable.
    Neotech hybrid mains cables from MCRU
    Power Inspired AG1500

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    That would be another good reason.
    I will miss out on seeing the valve glow, but it is a small price to,pay for the sound quality that these should deliver.
    Perhaps Alan could install one of these in each amp.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aardvark-Bo.../dp/B00K48SF32

    That way you would still be able to bask in the glow!

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    Silly t*t

    You can still see the valve through the top ventilation slots ......................

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