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    Default Valve amplifier recommendations!

    Hi Folks,

    I'm a new member, I've just introduced myself in the Welcome area.

    I used to have a Rogers valve amp when i was a kid (yes i'm that old!) and many years later i find myself wanting to get another Valve amp.

    I've been slowly bringing my system to the point where i can introduce one as a 'test' against my current solid state amp (a Sonneteer Orton).

    My current setup is: Well Tempered Amadeus, Sonneteer Sedley phono stage, Sonneteer Orton, Audio Note AN-J.

    Most of my listening is Jazz and acoustic music.

    So far i've been thinking along the lines of:

    Audio Note OTO
    Icon Audio Stereo 40.2 Mk III
    Unison Research Prelude
    Audio Innovations 1st Audio
    Leben CS300X

    My listening room is an attic room and fairly narrow but long!

    I've seen good examples of all of these amps currently for sale in classifieds or with dealers.
    Auditioning them is difficult though!

    My budget is around 1.5k but could be more if I decide to sell/trade the Orton.

    Any thoughts/experiences with these or other valve amps would be gratefully received!

    thanks in advance

    Nick
    Last edited by jazzy; 14-04-2017 at 10:56. Reason: typo

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    Hi Nick
    Not sure you need to spend that amount
    Our very own Alan ( Firebottle ) builds a full range of Valve amps and I think he does home auditions ? best check that

    Also lots of used amps turn up , I have a Audio Innovations 500 integrated with built in phono stage , also a pair of Quad 2's and a Mighty John Wood custom built KT88 integrated , All good fun
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    Some great kit you've got there. Have always admired the Quad II's. Proper vintage kit!

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    Radford STA15 or Radford STA25, new ones from Radford Revival.

    If I did not already have an vintage STA25 III in very good condition, I would be tempted to get a Radford Revival one.

    I also have Quad II's which are very nice, but the Radford is capable of driving most speakers very well, the Quad has less control of the bass into some speakers, and is of more limited power output.

    Rogers valve amps are great, even the Cadet into suitable speakers can sound wonderful.
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    No idea what a Radford costs, but it will be many times what this old codger can afford. Fantastic amps and i dont say that often. Build quality second to none really.
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    Jazzy says

    "My budget is around 1.5k but could be more if I decide to sell/trade the Orton."

    Ah, you're are right, 1.5k won't cover it:

    http://www.radfordrevival.co.uk/item...ta25-re-issue/
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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    Jazzy says

    "My budget is around 1.5k but could be more if I decide to sell/trade the Orton."

    Not checked the price recently of a new Radford, but 1.5k might cover it.
    Double it and you're there! £1.5K is a good price to get a second hand one needing an overhaul for!
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    Not perfect cosmetically, but open to offers:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RADFORD-ST...-/282432440290
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    Thanks Splendorman. Intrigued by the Radford. I take it this is considered to be in a different league form the amps i mentioned? Might have to do some investigating!.

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    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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