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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Haha, just saying, the real good ones just aren't cheap.
    The ones that are easy to get right in a circuit...
    Sand amps have gone even harder the same way now, be careful with your dreams!

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    Nearly bought a pair of these out of curiosity a little while back. Slightly over budget

    http://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/mobile....php?pid=54065

    Reviews are good, makers are good. Geoff can add some opinions as he has a similar pair I believe.

    Here's the review :

    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/frank04.htm

    Should also be noted that the MK2 had the buzzing transformer problem fixed along with the other picky issues mentioned in the review.

    I am actually tempted myself. They do raise my curiosity!!

    These were £1000 each side!!!!!!!!!
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    Browsing EBay at the $1000 mark, here in the states mind you, but I see many desirable amps.

    Like a Technics SE-A5, and an Onkyo M-507 for $900, both with the BIG dials. Several nice Japanese tube amps and a Nakamichi PA-7! A Golden Tube Audio SE40! A Peachtree Audio 220, and a Perreaux 3150 with 300wpc! Thereís a LOT you can do with a grand in the used market, Iíd love to have any of these mentioned, and thereís more but I think thatís enough to make my point. Which will make a good match for your speakers? Room size? Itís hard to recommend without being there.

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    Under a grand, then I'd try to seek out an Exposure III / IV combo like the one I have upstairs & use the change for a service. Classic, easy to maintain, and IMHO my favourite Exposure gear to date.
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    A Croft 4SA was my very first valve amp, over 30 years ago it must have been. Got me hooked on the glowing things (not that I don't enjoy solid state as well).

    Those Monarchy amps are pure snoozeville, imo. But then I just don't get on with class A solid state.

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    An underlying premise on this thread seems to be that more expensive amps tend to sound better than less expensive amps.
    Well, that's not my experience.
    I've found that the best in any price band are as good and enjoyable as the best in any other price band, from £100 up to quite a few £k.
    I think I might be in a minority of 1 on that, though.
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    Leak Stereo 20? Good ones, fully restored, can be had for just shy of £900 and, if it matters, they'll increase in value if past performance is anything to go by. I sold my fully restored beauty in 2010 for £400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveharman View Post
    Leak Stereo 20? Good ones, fully restored, can be had for just shy of £900 and, if it matters, they'll increase in value if past performance is anything to go by. I sold my fully restored beauty in 2010 for £400.

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    £900 a bit steep I think even restored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    £900 a bit steep I think even restored.
    Yes. £550 to £700 I'd say depending on condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    A Croft 4SA was my very first valve amp, over 30 years ago it must have been. Got me hooked on the glowing things (not that I don't enjoy solid state as well).

    Those Monarchy amps are pure snoozeville, imo. But then I just don't get on with class A solid state.

    ____

    An underlying premise on this thread seems to be that more expensive amps tend to sound better than less expensive amps.
    Well, that's not my experience.
    I've found that the best in any price band are as good and enjoyable as the best in any other price band, from £100 up to quite a few £k.
    I think I might be in a minority of 1 on that, though.
    Seeing as you own a Firebottle amp, would you recommend one? Surely the antithesis of overpriced brand snobbery and performs at a much higher level than you would expect from a £500 amp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Starting a couple of years ago, I had something similar. A sensation of a hissing whistle in my head all the time. I'd put it down to some medication I take, but in the last couple of months the sensation of noise has worn off and I'm still on the meds. Haven't figured this out.
    I have had this for many years its got worse as I get older , its tinnitus but higher up the audio nerves , anything that gets into the blood stream makes it worse , alcohol , caffeine , medication . Tiredness really makes it worse and its because as we get older we don't sleep well has compounded my problem . I can no longer take a quick nap in the day as this makes it even worse again for some reason .

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