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Old 23rd June 2008, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default Powered up my Lafayette 224A for the first time!

Today I had a housewarming party for the new house my wife and I moved into about 2 months ago.

Just before I moved I purchased a vintage Lafayette 224A on eb, this is my first tube amp. It arrived the day before i moved and all I could do was take a quick peek at it, and get crap from my wife for buying it. It was super clean. Barely even a scratch on it. If I didn't know any better I would say it was brand new.

Before the party today I assembled all my components: a Marantz Gold turntable I bought in the '80s (my Pro-Ject One is on the fritz needing a new platter), Teac pro dual cassette deck, Sony 30 disc changer, and my Lafayette 224A driving two Cerwin Vega L-7 speakers I bought in the '90s.

WOW! It powered up with no problems, a beautiful mellow glow emanating from the tubes. The sweet sounds that came from the Parliament Funkadelic LP I played were sublime! I played it for an hour from the CD, keeping an eye out for any problems... NADA!

When the party started I let it go through the CD's library and it performed without a hitch. Just powered it down after 7 hours and it was a champ. The only difficulty was the power switch which, one pressed in, would not pop back out. Had to turn it off at the surge bar.

All in all, a very successful first outing. I am extremely pleased!

Next step is to build George's Simple PP after he perfects it. Which may take some time but I know will be worth it.

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Old 26th June 2008, 01:33 AM   #2
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Here are a couple photos of the amp. The one showing the tube's sweet glow is a little fuzzy, but I don't have a tripod.
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Old 26th June 2008, 01:34 AM   #3
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Old 26th June 2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new house and tube equipment. Actually, astronomers think we reside in something called the Orion Spur of our galaxy.
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