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    Building, troubleshooting and testing of these amplifiers should only be
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Very tempting Good invesment or not????????

Hello all,
I came across these amps on ebay earlier today.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73369&item=5779268886&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73369&item=5779291121&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73369&item=5779481655&rd=1


They are really cheap and I am tempted to buy one. What do you guys think of them, will they sound good?
I am a bit hesitant because they are so cheap and I want to be sure I buy someting that will not let out thte magic smoke after 5 min of play. If i buy I will mod it for sure and put in some decent caps and resistors :smash: .

Let me know what your guys think.
Good invesment or not????????


Thanks
Lawrence
 

EC8010

Ex-Moderator
2003-01-18 7:57 am
Near London. UK
Tricky. They won't have any enforceable guarantee. But the moment you modify them you annul any guarantee anyway, so that's not a huge loss. The real problem is that it could be complete rubbish. If I were you, I'd probably wonder about how long it would take me to make a chassis as pretty as that and consider any working amplifier as a bit of a bonus.
 
Here in Italy we have an invasion of such amps, but here they go for double the price. I have heard them, the construction is beautiful, but tubes are extremely cheap (change them immediately), and trannies are just normal, not awesome.

Pretty good for a first time tube lover. Most of the time they're even p2p built, so easy mods and repairs.