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Old 15th May 2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default Phono stage on ebay (stolen trademark)

Is this any good?

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What valves and psu would suit this. May be a bit of an ambitious first step into valves for me.

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Old 11th July 2015, 12:14 PM   #2
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Hi! I am considering the same kit, did you buy it? If yes, how is the quality?
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Old 11th July 2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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Given that this vendor has stolen the trademark, you should be automatically suspicious, since he's clearly unethical. The circuit could be anything, the parts could be mystery meat.

I would absolutely avoid this, and anything else offered by vendors who have demonstrated their dishonesty.
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Old 11th July 2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for your feedback SY. It did look suspicious for sure, this is why I wanted to know more about it. Regarding the copyright aspect, I did not consider that for first glance. But it does sound logical that a schematic is as protected as any other intellectual property.
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I suppose is the same like any other chinese clone from ebay. Cheap with average results and zero support.
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Old 14th July 2015, 05:29 PM   #6
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What they're stealing is the trademark. The schematic may or may not be anything resembling the original (more likely not), and the layout certainly won't be the same. Safest not to deal with thieves, IMO.
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Old 31st August 2015, 06:31 AM   #7
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Default Not all crap

Not all the Chinese clones are crap.
I have a Pearl 1 phono which is not available any more which is very, very good.
the JC-2 preamp kit offered through Ebay is also very good.
Yes they may have stolen the name, but from what i have read the design of the 834 was also a developement from a earlier, I beleive Thorntan design. It would be interesting to hear if anyone has built up one of these and what do they sound like.
Found a review in Lenco Heaven (http://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/ind...0479#msg290479)
The kit builder there liked it very much
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Don't deal with thieves. It's not only unethical, you are almost certain to be getting crap that has no resemblance to the original. Chances are that the "JC-2" is stuffed with counterfeit parts.

Did I show you my $50 Rolex? I'm sure it's every bit as good as the real thing.
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JC recently purchased a fully assembled Chinese JC-2 clone and regards it as an excellent buy. I guess he's not really qualified to pass judgment though.
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JC himself ? That's something!

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