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    Join Date: Nov 2012

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    Croft Charisma X Preamplifier with external 1000vA power supply unit

    Continuing with my decision to downsize (you'll see my Posselt speakers and Conrad Johnson power amp listed also), very rare and mine from new, used as line level as I no longer have a turntable (it doesn't require phono section tubes to be plugged in to operate). Smoke and pet free environment and includes high quality cotton dust covers.

    Very high quality MM Phono stage
    Line stage and power supply regulator
    Seiden selector switch
    Eichmann RCA sockets on CD and Main out
    Incorporates custom made flat foil silver plated copper
    2 x Claritycap TC-4 200uf 600v caps
    SCR Obligato Teflon caps
    2mm aluminium Chassis for better heatsink of all the regulators (rather than the 1.5mm of basic versions)
    Khozmo Stereo series stepped Attenuator 48 step, (colour blue) 100K serial type with SMD resistors (not vishay)

    Valve complement;
    All Octal 6SL7's, looking from the front (left to right);
    Phono stage left, Phono stage right, Phono output stage*, Line stage left, Line stage right
    (*middle tube can use the 6SN7 or 6SL7)

    Power regulation - 2 x 85A2, 2 x ECC83 (currently genuine pair of new in box NOS Mullard M8137's, approx 50 hours useage)
    Current 6SL7's are genuine new in box NOS pair Tung-Sol 6188/6SU7WGT (approx 2 hours useage)

    External 1000vA power supply unit (two 500vA transformers - one for each channel so dual mono chassis and built in DC filter)

    Will come with high quality cotton dust covers. I have the shipping boxes for each, but would strongly prefer collection.

    Sell for 3250 (collected) - payment via bank transfer.























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    Hi Manny,

    How's it going, mate? Hope you're well

    It's a real shame you're letting this baby go, as it's about as good as valve preamps get! Someone's going to get a bargain, certainly in terms of how much it would cost to get this type of sonic performance/musical ability from a high-end commercial valve preamp. I reckon you'd be looking at 20K, minimum.

    Folks, if you're after a *final* preamp, for a top-notch system, with an equally top-notch built-in MM phono stage, then this is IT

    Anyway, good luck with the sale

    Marco.
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    gorgeous kit..
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

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    fantastic pre....heaven only knows what you would have to pay to get near it commercially...GLWS

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    WOW! Very rare these come up.
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    After hearing you waxing lyrical about this preamp, I am stunned you are selling it.

    Are you giving up on HiFi or have you found something that you enjoy as much?
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Raspberry Pi 3+/Allo Boss 1.2/Isolator 1.3 & 2x LPSU's with Volumio & JRiver
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Hi Manny,

    How's it going, mate? Hope you're well

    It's a real shame you're letting this baby go, as it's about as good as valve preamps get! Someone's going to get a bargain, certainly in terms of how much it would cost to get this type of sonic performance/musical ability from a high-end commercial valve preamp. I reckon you'd be looking at 20K, minimum.

    Folks, if you're after a *final* preamp, for a top-notch system, with an equally top-notch built-in MM phono stage, then this is IT

    Anyway, good luck with the sale

    Marco.
    Hi Marco,

    I'm all good mate thanks (long time no speak and I hope things are well with you). It is with a very heart I'm letting this go (I gave Glenn the heads up). It is indeed very special and time for someone else to enjoy it. If pushed to make any type of sonic comparison (you know I hate 'reviews') then I've heard high end preamps in the 15k region and more - that simply cannot compete - it's as simple as that.

    And having known Glenn so long, well he's one of the nicest blokes I've ever met.

    I'm going to keep this brief else I won't end up selling it!

    Anyway, take care and speak soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    After hearing you waxing lyrical about this preamp, I am stunned you are selling it.

    Are you giving up on HiFi or have you found something that you enjoy as much?
    Hi Oliver,

    It's all going, just downsizing mate, I rarely listen to my full system. So really simple and time to move it on, this stuff should be used not sitting about!

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    As a Croft aficionado, I can only drool - wish I had the ! Good luck with the sale - I'm sure it won't hang around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinyl View Post
    Hi Oliver,

    It's all going, just downsizing mate, I rarely listen to my full system. So really simple and time to move it on, this stuff should be used not sitting about!
    Wow. Fair play to ya. Shame I haven't got the money, I'd have loved to give that a run out.

    GLWS
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Raspberry Pi 3+/Allo Boss 1.2/Isolator 1.3 & 2x LPSU's with Volumio & JRiver
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A
    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

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