Interest Check: Plitron 300VA 18V Dual Secondary Standard Transformers
Seeing as how a very large number of Nelson Pass' designs call for 18V transformers and since Plitron often comes up as highly recommended, I've contacted Plitron and they would be willing to give us a price of $65.85 (+GST federal tax) CAD provided we buy 25+ units. The standard, single-purchase price on this unit is $86.68 (+GST) CAD, so this is a significant price reduction. Please note that ALL customers have to pay GST since Plitron must collect this tax. If this gets too confusing, I'll convert all numbers to what people will need to pay, but I wanted to post comparison numbers consistent with what people see on the Plitron website.
Any shipping charges would be in addition to this, and if I have to ship to multiple locations, the price I have to pay after all taxes is $75.06 CAD (65.85 + GST and PST). This will be the value any shipping and insurance will be based on.
Here is the unit:
There are a few issues to manage however - but I just wanted to check if there was enough interest in this to move forward in trying to work out the shipping and payment details. Anyone interested (seriously interested)?
Here is a list of Nelson Pass designs that I know of that can use this transformer:
Other designs that can use it:
Chipamps - good for 4 ohm loads (LM1875, 3875, 3886, 4780 etc)
Zen Mod (Choky)'s Babelfish
If you are interested, please post your location and how many you would be interested in.
Here is a currency calculator for rough calculations:
I will sign up for 2 for the time being, destination CA, USA.
PiLTRON are overpriced.
www.Apexjr.com has multiple transformers that fit the bill at much lower prices:
500 VA with dual 20 volt windings $25
600 VA at 30 VCT $30
2000VA dual 14 $45
If nothing else check out AVEL...which are sure to be cheaper than Piltron...
I would buy 2.
Would would the possible payment and shipping methods include (i.e. PayPal, money order, etc)? Do you have a ballpark for shipping and any related fees would be to the US? I'm interested in two, but would like to know a few more specifics.
Just as a side note: this trafo is also usable for the F3 (aka Zen#9), since one can wire the secondaries in series to obtain 1x 36V which gives ~51V - just nice for the F3.
I can also imagine very well that Nelson did the very same, a regular part reuser he is. Only downside is that the channels don't get their individual secondaries, but this might be no issue for a class a amp (as the F3 is).
And for the piltrons what will shipment cost to ship them oversea ?? if it's not that expensive i will go for 2
For cases of International shipping, here is the Canada Post rates - each transformer weighs 2.9kg, plus packaging, so approximately 6-6.5kg for 2 transformers (this is for approximate shipping)
Shipping is based on country, so here is a listing of country and country codes - for international parcel (ground) the listing is a 4XX
ie - Denmark is a 403 - 7kg and under to Denmark is $63 CAD
Just for comparison, I bought a 400VA Antek from ebay earlier this year - the auction was BIN for $42USD, shipping ended up being $26USD and then I got another $20CAD tacked on for a grand total of almost $100 CAD by the time it got to me.
Given the opportunity to trade this 400VA Antek for a same voltage 300VA Plitron, I would take the offer in an instant. Not knocking the Antek, just think that I could have gotten a Plitron for less money.
I know this will be the opposite scenario for those in the US, since you can get $10 flat rate box shipping, but for those of you who want Plitrons, this is a good opportunity at a dramatically reduced price.
Here are the Expedited Parcel rates for the US:
Here are the location codes for the US - different prices depending on where you are:
For a 7kg package, it's as low as $20.90 CAD and as high as $31.35 depending on where you are.
Origin Zone is a 'B' for Ontario, so to:
Florida it would be a '5' - $29.85 CAD
California it would be a '7' - $31.35 CAD
New York is close and would be a '1' - $20.90 CAD
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