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    Join Date: May 2016

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    I'm Andrew.

    Default Counterpoint SA-3.1 Tube preamp

    Does anyone have any experience with the above pre ? It appears to be a very well regarded tube pre albeit from mainly across the pond . I have been offered one .


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    Had a couple on demo back in the day. At the time, they were pretty good but what I can remember is that they were noisy and very microphonic.

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    a very few of the 80s US tube preamps would pass a test today. noisy, colored, non transpared. a home check is essential.
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    This one is fine and sounds glorious too .
    It won’t be going anywhere for while , mind you nothing will given the current situation


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