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Firebottle
16-03-2017, 19:33
No not 'Steam Ship Firebottle' but a foray into solid state.

Could well be the entry level into the Firebottle range :) Now known as the Firebottle OTP (Out The Park), thanks Bigbird.

Please note this is only entry level on price, not on performance.
Starts life as a donor far-eastern unit then has the Firebottle magic applied:

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt97/Paramotorpilot/P1030688.jpg

It is quite small, the 10 note below in the picture is for scale.

At present it is configured as an MC phono stage (ignore the fact that it says MM on the front), and plans are to turn it into a full phono/line preamp with volume control, input selector and MC/MM switching.

This is a one box solution, mains input at the rear.
Independent listening tests are to be carried out on Monday, but first impressions are really positive.

See http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?50407-Firebottle-PS1-(MM-MC)-P-S-name-subject-to-change-! for a review.

OTP phono stage MC/MM switchable, 47K/100 ohm switchable, 200.
:cool:

Jimbo
16-03-2017, 19:41
I thought at first you were selling it for 10!:)

Jimbo
16-03-2017, 19:43
The SS Firebottle maybe a contender to compete with this schitt!
http://schiit.com/products/mani

Sherwood
16-03-2017, 20:11
No not 'Steam Ship Firebottle' but a foray into solid state.

Could well be the entry level into the Firebottle range :)
Starts life as a donor far-eastern unit then has the Firebottle magic applied:

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt97/Paramotorpilot/P1030688.jpg

It is quite small, the 10 note below in the picture is for scale.

At present it is configured as an MC phono stage (ignore the fact that it says MM on the front), and plans are to turn it into a full phono/line preamp with volume control, input selector and MC/MM switching.

This is a one box solution, mains input at the rear.
Independant listening tests are to be carried out on Monday, but first impressions are really positive.

:cool:

You have a sinister face lurking to the immediate left of your tenner! :wowzer:

Bigman80
16-03-2017, 20:16
Looking forward to giving this a run out. It will be tested thoroughly and a full write up will be provided.

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Bigbird
21-03-2017, 09:22
haha pleasure ,this must mean I'm eligible for a discount as co namer?http://theartofsound.net/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif
iv sent you a private message mate regarding the unit
cheers
karl

Yorkshireman
22-03-2017, 22:45
Are these in production and available to buy now ?.

Bigman80
22-03-2017, 23:08
Are these in production and available to buy now ?.
They are.

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Bigbird
22-03-2017, 23:17
yes I've just ordered one

Bigman80
23-03-2017, 00:27
Are these in production and available to buy now ?.
Review is here :

http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?t=50407

😀

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smangus
31-03-2017, 19:40
Just pm'd Mr Fire bottle about his stage :)

Bigman80
31-03-2017, 20:18
Just pm'd Mr Fire bottle about his stage :)
You're a wise man !!

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smangus
31-03-2017, 20:54
You're a wise man !!

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Don't hear this very often....:D

Bigman80
31-03-2017, 21:11
Don't hear this very often....:D
😂😂

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Maouna
01-04-2017, 07:15
Apparently I'm number 3 on his list to purchase the OTP can't wait . I know who to blame if I don't like it OLIVER haha by the way thanks contacting Alan for me ,very appreciated Oliver.

Bigman80
01-04-2017, 07:24
Apparently I'm number 3 on his list to purchase the OTP can't wait . I know who to blame if I don't like it OLIVER haha by the way thanks contacting Alan for me ,very appreciated Oliver.
Hi Con,

No worries mate. Number three on a list that is growing daily !! Looks like Alan is going to be a busy man.

I am confident that you'll be as pleased with it as i am 😉


😂😂

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Bigman80
01-04-2017, 09:54
Just posted this on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_B3IoN4Tyc&feature=youtu.be

Its not a perfect example but just to give you a sense of its sound. The hiss is on the camera, not the FB-OTP.

I'll try and get a better one done. Bit limited with equipment to be honest.

Maouna
01-04-2017, 11:51
Hi Oliver just heard the OTP ON YouTube very nice sound and a beautiful song ,of course I'm listening through my headphones and it seems to have a deep bass is that correct? Is it possible for you to upload a more uptempo song (rock or blues) to hear how it goes .

Bigman80
01-04-2017, 11:57
Hi Oliver just heard the OTP ON YouTube very nice sound and a beautiful song ,of course I'm listening through my headphones and it seems to have a deep bass is that correct? Is it possible for you to upload a more uptempo song (rock or blues) to hear how it goes .
Hi mate,

DEEP bass, crisp treble and a very sweet mid range.

I will add a few more videos that show its ability but i cant do it until Monday !!! I'm off to work in 15 minutes or i would. Leave it with me.

Oliver.

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Bigman80
03-04-2017, 13:44
As requested, here is a more up beat track which demonstrates well i think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnbJM-bZnKw

Cuts off a bit abruptly at the end but i was a bit rushed lol.:lol::lol:

Maouna
03-04-2017, 14:00
Well done Oliver great bass and slam just what I need thanks mate

Bigman80
03-04-2017, 14:39
Well done Oliver great bass and slam just what I need thanks mate
No worries pal. Happy to do it. It sounds good considering it's being recorded on a Nikon D5300 DSLR lol. RCA to 3.5mm jack direct from passive preamp to camera. It sounds much better in my living room.

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smangus
20-04-2017, 22:31
I just listened to those clips an bought a Sarah Jarosz album as a result , this Firebottle lark is costing me too much:scratch::D

/unsubscribes from thread:ner:

Bigman80
20-04-2017, 22:56
I just listened to those clips an bought a Sarah Jarosz album as a result , this Firebottle lark is costing me too much:scratch::D

/unsubscribes from thread:ner:
Fear not mate, theres only so much FB gear to buy lol

Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent is the album that track is taken from. Its a very good album.

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Bigman80
20-04-2017, 22:57
Wondering if any of the guys who bought a FB-OTP are gonna leave a comment on their findings ?

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smangus
20-04-2017, 22:59
Mines on order so will give it a little listening before commenting after it arrives.

Bigman80
20-04-2017, 23:00
Mines on order so will give it a little listening before commenting after it arrives.
Absolutely the right thing to do. Take a few notes of your first impressions and then compare how you feel after a week or so. Thats what I do. Seems easier that way lol

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smangus
20-04-2017, 23:05
Yeah should be an interesting exercise, I haven't really compared much gear head to head.

Bigman80
20-04-2017, 23:09
Yeah should be an interesting exercise, I haven't really compared much gear head to head.
You dont need bags of experience to know when something sounds great. Thats the best bit.

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smangus
20-04-2017, 23:10
True, I know what I like :)

walpurgis
20-04-2017, 23:17
You dont need bags of experience to know when something sounds great. Thats the best bit.

Definitely. Ears are the most reliable tools. Reviews, opinions and specs can only tell you so much.

Bigman80
20-04-2017, 23:26
Definitely. Ears are the most reliable tools. Reviews, opinions and specs can only tell you so much.
Spot on.

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Bigman80
23-05-2017, 18:30
Ferociously testing multiple types of Capacitors for the next incarnation of the FB-OTP and the upgrade pack.

Ive had to buy a headphone amp to please the Wife. Listening to the same song 10 times in a row does get on peoples nerves lol. Seems that the most expensive capacitors aren't always the best sounding!!

Its amazing how different they all sound. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/22a315a606a8f8f883cdd1621cb62663.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/5cef1cf12e21a9492336a291aa94a60a.jpg

Next: Opamps

More to follow!

The Black Adder
26-05-2017, 18:56
Ferociously testing multiple types of Capacitors for the next incarnation of the FB-OTP and the upgrade pack.

Ive had to buy a headphone amp to please the Wife. Listening to the same song 10 times in a row does get on peoples nerves lol. Seems that the most expensive capacitors aren't always the best sounding!!

Its amazing how different they all sound. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/22a315a606a8f8f883cdd1621cb62663.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/5cef1cf12e21a9492336a291aa94a60a.jpg

Next: Opamps

More to follow!
Make sure you give each type a decent time to not just burn in but for your ears to adjust. I went through lots when I was making my own cross overs. I eventually went for a combination which I never thought I would do. Combinations also set a different playing field so try and do it methodically. I'm sure you are though 😁

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Bigman80
26-05-2017, 18:59
Make sure you give each type a decent time to not just burn in but for your ears to adjust. I went through lots when I was making my own cross overs. I eventually went for a combination which I never thought I would do. Combinations also set a different playing field so try and do it methodically. I'm sure you are though 😁

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Thats a good shout, Josie. I am looking for further option as there are many to look at. Thankfully, someone informed me of some other to try so they will be on the purchase list soon!

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