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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    A lot! But it's probably your final amp destination, certainly will be for me when mine arrives.




    In case anyone was wondering, the amp has been power coated Slate Grey which of course wasn't a standard Radford colour, but works nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radford Revival View Post




    In case anyone was wondering, the amp has been power coated Slate Grey which of course wasn't a standard Radford colour, but works nicely.
    Yes the colour decision was challenging. The original grey is a bit unexciting ... Will offered me the choice of any RAL colour so I bought a swatch and swithered between Mad Scientist's Laboratory Green, assorted coppery / orangey colours, various silvers/champagnes and even lipstick red. All this in flat, metallic or even two-tone with the lid being darker or lighter depending.

    Sent me quietly mental for weeks before I settled on a mid-grey sort of colour, neither a dark grey/ shiny near black nor the original flat grey, but something more neutral but still a bit stronger than the original colour, I'm pretty happy with the pics so far it seems to have worked out.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 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 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; 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'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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    Hmm. Purple 'metalflake' with orange highlights could have been interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Hmm. Purple 'metalflake' with orange highlights could have been interesting!
    Option number #234 on the spreadsheet as I recall
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 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 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; 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'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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    Hope to have a listen soon.

    Tom, hope you still up for having a side by side shoot out with my Sugden amp.
    Source: Tidal/Roon
    DAC: Metrum HEX NOS

    Amp: Sugden Masterclass 2018 spec, Radford Revival STA25,
    Speakers: Tannoy Eaton


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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Yes the colour decision was challenging. The original grey is a bit unexciting ... Will offered me the choice of any RAL colour so I bought a swatch and swithered between Mad Scientist's Laboratory Green, assorted coppery / orangey colours, various silvers/champagnes and even lipstick red. All this in flat, metallic or even two-tone with the lid being darker or lighter depending.

    Sent me quietly mental for weeks before I settled on a mid-grey sort of colour, neither a dark grey/ shiny near black nor the original flat grey, but something more neutral but still a bit stronger than the original colour, I'm pretty happy with the pics so far it seems to have worked out.
    what about clad in Green Leather, to match the Thorens TD124 MkII ?
    "lack of passion is fatal"

    Vinyl: Garrard 401, Russ Collinson 'shindo style' plinth / Tenuto gun metal mat / SME-3012 j7 rewired / audio-technica ATP-12T - phonomac modified / Ortofon Vintage SPU GTE /Shure M3D / Ortofon Royal N / Cartridge Man Music Master with isolator / Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil mono / Vintage GE VRII mono / Amps: Radford STA25 mk3 / David Coe AD Audio 'Satchmo' pre & phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / Digital: SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 signature / Roon / Tidal Speakers: Tannoy 12" MGs' in RFC custom 'Rutland' Cabinets with RFC custom crossovers / Cables: Duelund DCA16GA tinned copper / Kimber 12TC / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / Duelund DCA20GA interconnects / SW1X Audio SPDIF Aero 6 / Mains Power Conditioner / Box Furniture sapele rack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwardlon View Post
    Hope to have a listen soon.

    Tom, hope you still up for having a side by side shoot out with my Sugden amp.
    Of course. Having had a couple of quality solid state amps up against it I have a reasonable idea what to expect - one of the strengths of the STA100 is that it has most of the attributes of a solid state amp in terms of frequency response and distortion (measuring as good as or better than many solid state amps) while at the same time retaining the musical capabilities of a pentode valve amp. I would expect the Sugden - which comes at things the other way round - to run it close, but the Radford will be more enjoyable into the Tannoys.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 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 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; 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'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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    I could arrive armed with my Lampi AND 211s and give this Radford a spanking... or maybe not.

    It would be interesting I have no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    I could arrive armed with my Lampi AND 211s and give this Radford a spanking... or maybe not.

    It would be interesting I have no doubt.
    Would be interesting Justin.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 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 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; 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'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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