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Thread: Recommendations for an amp to suit my Tannoy Berkeleys?

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    Ive heard nicks amps at both Garys and Toppsys place. With the big eddingdales they make the best noise ive ever heard.

    Didnt matter what genre, they could flap yer trousers or bring you to tears with emotional delicacy.

    Valves done properly are spectacular-but you pay for what you get.

    Buy cheap, buy twice.....as my old always says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    Ive heard nicks amps at both Garys and Toppsys place. With the big eddingdales they make the best noise ive ever heard.

    Didnt matter what genre, they could flap yer trousers or bring you to tears with emotional delicacy.

    Valves done properly are spectacular-but you pay for what you get.

    Buy cheap, buy twice.....as my old always says
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    Mike already has a fantastic power amp-the EWA M50.

    I reckon when Colin Wonfor sends mike the matching pre to try this thread will grind to a halt!!!

    Its been a crackin read though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    Mike already has a fantastic power amp-the EWA M50.

    I reckon when Colin Wonfor sends mike the matching pre to try this thread will grind to a halt!!!

    Its been a crackin read though.
    You're not wrong there, I've really enjoyed this thread and I've had my ears opened to the possibilities out there.

    I'll need to give Colin a nudge and see if he's still sending the Pre, mind you I think his wife had been unwell so he has other priorities right now so I'm not wanting to pester him if he's got his hands full.

    I've found an amp I'd like to try and it's this.....

    Primaluna Dialogue Premium HP Integrated.

    Good reviews, comes with EL34 as standard, but can change to KT88 or KT120 with a quick valve change ( auto biasing ), remote control and switchable triode mode etc.

    Just need to find a demo or used one to listen to, HiFi Corner in Edinburgh carry them so I might try and blag a demo one.

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    Ok so I'm still swapping things around, the monoblocks have been swapped for the WAD EL84 power amp with first the Tisbury Pre, good combo but edgy when driven hard and lacks dynamics. Good but not great.

    In goes the Promitheus Pre, whole different ball game, drive, clarity, much better positioning of the various instruments and sounds. Superb really, however one slight issue, even at 1 on the Pre volume control it's giving an average on 73db playing the Kraftwerk 3D Boxset on vinyl. Now it sounds brilliant, but not suitable for late night listening note that the Tisbury driven to these levels just falls apart for me.

    So it would appear to be the EL84 or similar route that I would like to go, that Primaluna mentioned above ticks all the boxes, ok it uses EL34's but can take KT88 and KT 120 valves which might suit me too.

    I should also point out that I've swapped out my Decca Cartridge for another Zyx R100 this week and that one is not going anywhere, the Decca's jacket is "on a sticky nail" as one of my workmates once said lol

    If anyone can recommend an EL34 integrated amp or better that has remote, autobiasing, and can also take other valves such as the KT88/120/150 and sells at under 2000 used then please recommend away

    And the pre section in it must be stonking too.

    Ironic to think a couple of WAD integrated amps sold just 2 or 3 months ago. I never even gave them a second glance lol
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    There is no EL84 amp that accepts KT88's and the like. The valve bases are different sizes.
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    Gear: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/one scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/two hefty Japanese DD TT's/hefty Japanese BD TT/smaller Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. One CD transport/3 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. One MD deck. One tuner. Two TVC pre-amps/two valve pre-amps/solid state pre-amp/passive pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    There is no EL84 amp that accepts KT88's and the like. The valve bases are different sizes.
    Oops got my 34's and 84's mixed up

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    I suppose the other option is to try and drop the gain on the Promitheus and then buy that and the WAD power amp cheap from Tony

    Mind you the steps on the volume control are too big too, jeez it's getting cheaper by the minute

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    If you like the EL84 sound, but want more power and maybe a little more grip, check out the Beard P35 (if you can find one).
    Mr. Tact!

    "when common sense, logic and plausibility are ruled out. All that remain are lies and foolishness"


    Gear: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/one scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/two hefty Japanese DD TT's/hefty Japanese BD TT/smaller Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. One CD transport/3 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. One MD deck. One tuner. Two TVC pre-amps/two valve pre-amps/solid state pre-amp/passive pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    If you like the EL84 sound, but want more power and maybe a little more grip, check out the Beard P35 (if you can find one).
    One for sale in Glasgow

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