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Old 30th January 2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience w/ silk transformers?
I could have sworn I read a few things about them here, but my search just came up w/ nothing.
I guess if anyone knows, how do they compare to the James? Silk (as a company) is very responsive, and James took a month to get to my email. Euphonia has NEVER responded to several emails over the past couple of months, so James just isn't working out for me.

I'm looking for a decent, good value 300b se transformer.

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Old 30th January 2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Try Jack Elliano over at Electra-Print, he can make what you are looking for and his prices are very competitive.

Another option would be to look for Transcendar Output transformers on eBay. I used them and they're extremely good for the money.

Edcor is still another option..
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Old 30th January 2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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I have also very good experience from Jacks stuff. Have only bought custom PPs from him but they work like clockwork. He is also very concerned that you get exactly what you need.
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Old 30th January 2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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Electra-Print is twice the cost of the james or silk transformers. (unless his prices are per pair, but i doubt it. His website doesn't say they are listed as a pair).
$450 is more than I wanted to spend, but I would if they would be twice as good as the Asian transformers!
Urg.. I've been dreading this part of the build. Everything else is figured out and ordered, but it's really tough to feel good about the transformer purchase. There are so many mixed reviews and variables, and different methods of construction, etc.
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Old 30th January 2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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Anyone tried the One Electron transformers for 300B?
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Old 30th January 2008, 06:05 PM   #6
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Anyone tried the One Electron transformers for 300B?
a few years ago I built a 300B circuit using an One Electron Transformer - it sounded very good. But honestly I haven't compared it to James/Electraprint/etc - my previous SE foray used a 2A3 and an AudioNote 'Experimenter' SE OT.
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Electra-Print is twice the cost of the james or silk transformers. (unless his prices are per pair, but i doubt it. His website doesn't say they are listed as a pair).
$450 is more than I wanted to spend, ...
Which EP's are $450? I don't see anything approaching that price except the ones with partial silver secondaries.
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Old 30th January 2008, 06:14 PM   #8
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225 each. It's 225 for the pair for the silk's, and $190 a pair for the james.
I do like the idea that it's someone here in the states winding them by hand for me, but is it wrong to take advantage of the lower cost of living in the far east and save a few bucks? The Silks are also hand wound on a per order basis.
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but is it wrong to take advantage of the lower cost of living in the far east and save a few bucks?
Yes.

I can't speak for the Silks, but I did directly compare James and EP. The EP's are currently in use in my amp while I sold the James.
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Old 30th January 2008, 06:28 PM   #10
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HAH
Somehow I knew someone would reply to that w/ a simple yes.

I am leaning towards the EP's... I've given in and spent way more than intended on several other purchases for this amp... It looks like I might have to continue that trend, and pay this credit card bill b4 the wife sees it.
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