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Old 8th January 2013, 05:16 AM   #21
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$348 for a Gainclone - you've got to be joking !!!!
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Old 8th January 2013, 05:17 AM   #22
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Look at what is included in the kit...
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Old 8th January 2013, 06:35 AM   #23
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I suppose there are fools that will pay that much.
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Old 11th January 2013, 11:13 AM   #24
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Hi,
I think its a decent price for the kit you are getting - enclosure, transformer, heatsinks - all this can set you back quite a bit.
Also - look at the twisted pear audio site for the Sympatico amplifier..
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Old 12th January 2013, 07:35 PM   #25
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you could buy a kW PA for that - rebias to Class A 100+W...
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Old 12th January 2013, 08:39 PM   #26
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I'd like to clarify a few things.

When my suggestion of the GT-101 was posted, the kit price was $323, not $348. The $348 price included shipping.

The price for the kit is presently $299, plus $26 shipping, reflecting a decrease in the kit cost, plus recent increase in UPS rates.

Perhaps we're not comparing apples to apples. The cost of providing a complete kit, with a nice chassis, painted, screened, and ready to assemble, along with every electrical component, pcb, screw, nut, bolt, heatsink, and switch, is rather higher than you'd imagine if you haven't gone through the exercise as I have. Please note too that it includes a regulated power supply.

I think if you priced out what it would cost you to buy all these components, get them shipped to you, and assemble them in one place, you might be quite surprised.

All the best...

Dan

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Old 14th January 2013, 05:13 AM   #27
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especially compared to the price for the same parts assembled, shipped half way around the world, delivered as a working amp...
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Old 14th January 2013, 05:29 AM   #28
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Just let it go... there's no need to get emotional over a $300 amp. I personally use much more expensive tube amps that produce much less power.

I understand that some may feel a sense of injustice. Some people's children may starve because the father purchased a very expensive amplifier, but that's not the amp builder's fault, it is the father's own fault for purchasing such an amp. Most people who spend $10,000 on an amplifier, that money is just pocket change to them. It costs more than that just to park their yacht in the dock. Does it really upset anyone that they could have bought a more powerful amplifier for only $100?
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