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    Join Date: Jan 2011

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    I'm Paul.

    Default Wanted Reference Phono Stage

    * Looking for a reference MC Phono stage
    * Solid State or Valve considered
    * Needs to be mint & boxed etc
    * Would need to be able to collect or meet up (am in Nottm)
    * Budget is 3k
    Klimax DS/3,Lp12,Keel,Aro,Radikal/1,Kandid & Tron Seven (Ultimate) Klimax Kontrol/1,Solos/1 & Akurate 242's (mark 3)

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    Pick yourself an absolute bargain with this:
    Bigbottle BB3 phono stage, short term used example, 850

    For sale on the Audio Addicts forum.
    Don't let the apparently low price put you off, this is a seriously good phono stage that will better anything up to 3k.

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    Pick yourself an absolute bargain with this:
    Bigbottle BB3 phono stage, short term used example, 850

    For sale on the Audio Addicts forum.
    Don't let the apparently low price put you off, this is a seriously good phono stage that will better anything up to 3k.

    I have pm'ed contact details.

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    +1 for the BB, is also available via the WAM.
    This is the Builders own personal one so is even higher spec than a standard build.
    Had a Mk1 BB here about 18 months ago and it stood its ground against a Tron Seven MM + MFA SUT. The Mk3 is even better and would say from experiencing what the Mk1 did, that the Mk3 would give my current Tron Seven Ultimate (8k+) some serious competition.


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    Thanks for the heads up re this but looks like it is sold now...
    Klimax DS/3,Lp12,Keel,Aro,Radikal/1,Kandid & Tron Seven (Ultimate) Klimax Kontrol/1,Solos/1 & Akurate 242's (mark 3)

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    For less than half of your budget you could buy a Longdog Audio MCJ3? Nicks stages are seriously good
    Analogue
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev
    Longdog Audio Quartz turntable PSU
    Longdog Audio MCJ1 - Prototype
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT
    Caiman Seg & Dorado
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Tron Seven Linestage, or Quad 44
    Quad 303, or Bel Canto Set 40 or LDA 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Tannoy ST100.

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    Aurorasound Vida

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    Think there has been one of those for sale on WW recently.
    Analogue
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev
    Longdog Audio Quartz turntable PSU
    Longdog Audio MCJ1 - Prototype
    Digital
    Vortexbox, SBT
    Caiman Seg & Dorado
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Tron Seven Linestage, or Quad 44
    Quad 303, or Bel Canto Set 40 or LDA 300B Set Monoblocks
    Speakers
    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Tannoy ST100.

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    Thanks really looking for the likes of Allnic,Whest,Tom Evans,VTL & Aesthetix ETC...
    Last edited by pidge22; 24-10-2020 at 10:35.
    Klimax DS/3,Lp12,Keel,Aro,Radikal/1,Kandid & Tron Seven (Ultimate) Klimax Kontrol/1,Solos/1 & Akurate 242's (mark 3)

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    I have a Paradise phono stage available for 2000.

    It is a unique one box Paradise with no loss of performance. Trial welcome.

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