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Old 5th February 2009, 06:19 AM   #1
nate is offline nate  United States
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Hi everyone,
This is my first post in the tube section.....
Thanks to JB and I am hopeful it will go well!!

I have a full tube cad line stage in the works consisting of:

The Janus Regulator with Hammond transformer
Nine pin Aikido board (probably 12au7/12au7 or 12au7/6h30)
TCJ attenuator kit (the old non-elma version)
and input selector switch.

I selected parts based on what I've used before and, at least to me, they represent a good value.

I got the boards from John very quickly and the quality is very good. The included instruction manuals are excelent and very helpful. I've built a few diy kits before and this one looks to represent a reasonable challenge.

I will do my best to add pictures as my project progresses!

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Old 27th February 2009, 05:01 AM   #2
nate is offline nate  United States
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So the preamp is up and running! I will add a couple pics this weekend-

I used a 6CG7 (input) and 6DJ8 (output)-

anyway, it sounds great. I am currently using a Rogue Magnum 66 line stage and while the Aikido is still settling in I am already pretty confident that the Aikido is clearly superior. It is super quiet and went together without a hitch.

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