Aquired a Marantz 8b

Discussion in 'Marantz Audio' started by RS Steve, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. ChasmanIII

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    Hello. I was in a Good Vibes store in Champaign, IL. I think they have a 8B. It was 1 owner with original spec and bill of sale. It's for sale, $2500. I think it's an 8B. He said 35 watts. No cover. They have to be amazing. I'm new to Audiokarma. I have 2 - 4300's. Charlie.
     

     

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  2. RS Steve

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    It's funny, I don't even use mine, just eye candy. :crazy:
     
  3. Pio1980

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    Most of the differences are internal. Generally but not always, the Marantz logo is on the transformer cover on the 8, and on the front chassis apron on the 8B.
    Look in the back of the transformer cover, if there is one naked transformer on the same end as the meter, it's an 8. If all three transformers are canned, it's an 8B.
     
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    Quite an admission. My 8 is presently sidelined for a $32 Nobsound dual TDA3116+ NE5532 chip amp.
     
  5. RS Steve

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    These amazing Luxman amps just won't let me rotate anything else in their place.

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    Much classier than my distraction. Did the ensemble cost less than the Marantz?
     

     

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  7. RS Steve

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    Not really, but not being able to find an affordable 7C has put my goal for the 8B on hold.
     
  8. Pio1980

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    Using mine without a pre. I've considered one of the cloned 7 line stages but don't actually need it.
     
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  9. ernie richau

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    Hi,
    I have rebuilt a 7c and my 8b was found in good shape so I havent done anything to it. I had lots of caps out of spec on the 7 so I replaced them with russian pio. I know some of the guys are now using arizona caps.

    My advice; Listen to Crooner. He really helped me.

    Second, I would not attempt to restuff the filter caps. I did that and it was a lot of work. It came out nice in the end but for the time spent i think I would order direct replacements next time. I believe you can find some really nice chrome or polished ones. Have a look at some of the old threads for sources.

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  10. SBMarantz

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    The 8b is a very nice power amp and it is all you need, trust me. ;-)
     
  11. RS Steve

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    I might have to settle for a 7T to pair with the 8B since finding a reasonably priced 7C is near impossible. Anyone try the 7T / 8B combination?
     

     

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  12. Pio1980

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    If one turned up affordable, I might try it against no preamp.
    Otherwise, I'd be looking for a CJ if I needed a tube preamp.
     
  13. RS Steve

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    I have a PV-2, might just stick them together.
     
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  14. mcgjohn

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    wow, Nice find....!!!

    I have one of the re-issue versions made by VAC. One of my favorite sounding amps, (and I have quite a few)....

    Some guys go crazy over keeping it 110% stock, but would suggest at least the lytic caps, and that old celinium rectifier, especially if you are going to use it on a regular basis. Keep all the old parts as others have noted and if you ever sell, all the OEM parts will be available.

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