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    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    I'm Tom.

    Default Wanted: cheap but interesting active pre, decent gain a must

    Needed for an experiment in my study system - a cheap but interesting active pre, decent gain a must, valves would be a big bonus, phono stage likewise but neither essential.

    Budget probably 250-ish?
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Hi Tom, I've got a 4 valve single input preamp with about 15dB gain, compact silver case with volume control.

    You can try it out if you wish, I'd be looking for 50 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Hi Tom, I've got a 4 valve single input preamp with about 15dB gain, compact silver case with volume control.

    You can try it out if you wish, I'd be looking for 50 for it.
    Thanks Alan, PM sent.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Hi Alan
    I need a compact pre amp for my headphone set up that I keep under my bed, if this one's not suitable for Tom, or you have another one sitting around, I'd be very interested please. I do like low gain though as I use late at night and don't like being close to zero with any associated channel imbalance.
    Thanks, Lawrence

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I may have something Lawrence, I'll pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Hi Tom, I've got a 4 valve single input preamp with about 15dB gain, compact silver case with volume control.

    You can try it out if you wish, I'd be looking for 50 for it.
    Hello Alan. Tom has told me that you have a prototype preamp for his Tawan 20W A class amplier:

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    Can you describe what type of active preamp from Firebottle you are using with LPaudio 0-L1 20W A class amp? I'm also interested if solution is sounding good?
    You'll need to ask Alan, the one he sent to me looks like a prototype rather than a finished product.
    End of quote.

    Can you send me what type of preamp it is and if it is available. I want to use same combination as Tom for my Tannoy Turnberry SE speakers. Thanks.

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    Hi Ales, this isn't something that I manufacture, sorry.

    It was a trial with a Chinese buffer board that was modified with a couple of sub-miniature valves that I happened to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Hi Ales, this isn't something that I manufacture, sorry.

    It was a trial with a Chinese buffer board that was modified with a couple of sub-miniature valves that I happened to have.
    Are you producing any valve preamp?

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    ffs...can we get back on track here....THIS IS A WANTED ADD BY TOM.. FOR AN ACTIVE PRE...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mad-moon View Post
    ffs...can we get back on track here....THIS IS A WANTED ADD BY TOM.. FOR AN ACTIVE PRE...
    Sorry I should have been more explicit, (the other) Alan sent me one, which is ideal for the purpose intended. I'm sorted.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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