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Old 1st September 2007, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default very expensive WE106A pre-amp, any member had this??

hi,

WE106A was a very expensive pre-amp, any member had this??

any comment!

Ebay bidded price was USD 26988.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=018

in hong kong. friend price need USD 20000.

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Old 1st September 2007, 10:23 PM   #2
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Seems i've missed my "life time chance to own a such beautiful and rare preamp". But realistically my wife might allow such an item into the house only in another lifetime

Thanks for posting the link.
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Old 1st September 2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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There is something very fishy about this auction. Notice that the winner, as well as two other bidders, are no longer registered users. I hope the filthy rich fool is happy with their purchase.
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I just checked that auction out too, I doubt the winning bidder ever paid for the item which is probably one of the reasons why they are no longer a registered user on eBay .

Notice that there is a difference of 7 yrs between the two units so they can hardly be considered matched.

I can't really imagine too many here people could afford that price, (we are the DIY crowd after all) particularly for something as obviously decrepit as those units are - a very hard sell to the often much smarter other half, who might otherwise accept the expenditure of that kind of money on an entire system over time or even a big % of that at once provided it looks costly enough to justify it. (I expect many divorce over much less..LOL)

Museum quality pieces might command that kind of money, what you're buying is the WE legend, otherwise it is just so much scrap metal with some questionable passive parts, cheap phenolic sockets, WE design, and probably a very good set of iron..

All WE electronics have been comparatively rare here since about the early 1970's when wealthy Japanese first started to acquire WE and other big name audio gear for export back to Japan. (I'm not old enough to have stumbled on this stuff as it was being removed from service.)

I can think of much better ways to spend this kind of money frankly..

Were I inclined to have something similar I would clone it with MQ, Hashimoto, Tango or Tamura iron for a whole lot less money.
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Aren't most of those WE amps meant for PA or telephone use and have a very limited bandwidth?
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Hi astouffer,
A lot of it was also installed in theaters.

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I wouldn't pay $2600 for that, let alone $26000. I'd consider $260 to salvage the iron...
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Old 2nd September 2007, 09:45 AM   #8
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hi all,

I understand so many memeber fee that this amp was not good value as USD 27000. I also check japan's price was USD 40000 in good condition one. Last year Hong Kong vintage shop had one pair tade in HKD 140000/7.8~USD18000 ( in friend's price).

I also heard this amp already. U cannot expect the HF, LF was very detail. But dynamic was quite good. MF was high desity but HF looose of air! probably this was cause by PA amp!

Why I post this thread, my friend buy one air & one channel input trans 285E, power transformer & output tranformers all was burnt!

finally this three transformers was send to me & I will re-wind of them.

Let me take a look of the core & inner of the amp!


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