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Old 18th February 2007, 04:53 PM   #1
jtwrace is offline jtwrace  United States
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Default Foreplay III pre amp

Has anyone built one of these? I am looking to build a fun and great sounding pre amp and this came as a recommendation. thoughts?

It can be seen here at http://www.bottlehead.com/et/adobesp.../foreplay3.htm
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Old 18th February 2007, 08:48 PM   #2
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Default Yes-a fun build and good sound

I built the Foreplay III when it came out and replaced my Foreplay II with it. Very clear CD instructions for the build and it sounds very good. I subsequently did the Extended upgrade. Build it stock, upgrade later. Trouble-shooting is more straightforward when done in the two steps.
I do have a complete Bottlehead system (phono pre, pre, amplifiers, speakers) and they work really well together. But many have been happy adding it to a simple solid state system. You can check out their board at Audio Asylum and look at all the comments in the archives.
Good luck.
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Old 18th May 2009, 02:57 AM   #3
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I had extreme fun to build the extended foreplay , there was one 2 hour to fix the manual to skip/link the instruction for the original. Also I had few missing parts, they arrived very fast just after email.

Worked perfect from start except a weird voltage = bad tube, bottlehead send one in mail to replace it very fast again.

Used it just a bit with ss amp, had too much gain , used it in buffer mode = improved the bass on my tube amp.

For fun it's awesome, just make sure you match the output impedance and the gain for your system!!!

The only thing I wanted to change was the volume pot: bigger resistor please!
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