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Van Alstine Model 2
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Old 14th February 2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Van Alstine Model 2

I've had this Van Alstine Model 2 amp forever and it's been packed up for 15 years. I have no idea what it's worth but I am considering selling it. It believe it's a very good amp and found this review but I would like some informed opinions on what is a fair price for this piece.


Audio by Van Alstine: Model 2
Van Alstine Model 2 Amplifier
Not much is known about the early Van Alstine stereo equipment.Was produced from 1977 to 1979 if memory serves me correct.

What I can tell all interested is this amp is large,and has a cooling fan in the back with a filter. Standard RCA connectors with the typical five way binding posts for speaker connections.The cabinet is vented on both sides to allow the air to escape that is vented in by the fan.The Model 2 is very heavy,and built very well.The front panel is black with silver trim along the edges.Rack handles and the power off/on switch is ivory and is illuminated when engaged.

Now for the sonics, after all this is why we are in the hobby. This is clearly one of the most dramatic amps I have ever own,and I have owned some of the very best,and the Van Alstine more than justifys it place in that category.

The detail, transparency,sound stage,and depth are astounding by the toughest critic.

While I do not have specific info,as to power per channel it is easily 225 per channel.While on evaluation I connected it to a pair of Acoustat Model 2 speakers. If you been in this hobby for a while,then you know Acoustats are some of the most difficult speakers to drive properly.

The Van Alstine Model 2 drives the Acoustats with a verve I find hard to imagine, if I had not heard it for myself.

Seldom seen in classifieds or on auctions,most likely true testament of the Van Alstine Model 2.

Find one if you can,this is a true legend of audio,and enjoy the pure sonics that only this Van Alstine can deliver.
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