My very low budget tube rig

Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by rudedogg, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. asilker

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    Love to see this sort of setup
     
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    At one point I had stereos filling my closets, under my bed, in the garage, in the basement, in my setup rack, etc... I started thinking, what the heck AM I doing with all this gear. I really didn't care about much of it. I was only storing the stuff. Then I realized I was just playing musical stereos by putting one in one day and changing it out the next. Never really enjoying any of them.

    The only advice I can give is don't purge out of frustration. I did that when I had five or six stereos in my setup rack. One crapped out so I hooked up the second. That one had a problem, then number three, that had a problem. etc..... Finally I had enough. Six stereos and NONE of them worked. So I sold them all. A BAD !!!!!!!! move!!!!!! I'll never get some of those back and I really shouldn't have let some of them go.
     
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    I just want that little foztec metronome like rudedogg has. the Madisound is abit more than
    Im after.
    but thanks for showing them. always like seeing other folksses stuff.
     
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  5. rudedogg

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    I got this cute little preamp off BarterTown here... The preamp hunt is now over for good! This, a Maggie 9304, and theMetronomes are sublime... image.jpeg
     
  6. Poultrygeist

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    I can see why you like the Magnavox 9304 with the 90db Sigmas. It's got over twice the power compared to your single ended Stromburg Carlson amp.

    I have a Magnavox EL84 single ended amp and while it's barely enough for the 93db Fostex Fe126En drivers it's a match made in heaven for my 98db 12" Zenith Alnico's.
     
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    Yea i know.., i now regret selling my 107db Fraziers!. I do have some EVs to try yet. And my modded Klipsch speakers... Damn this is fun!
     
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  8. Poultrygeist

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    I concur! Back in the day I liked my Frazier Mk4s and Monte Carlos but with a powerful SS amp which is all I had they were not a great match.
     
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  9. rudedogg

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    Yep! I had DixieLanders. With a Crown ss amp they could do a coliseum, but sounded like PA speakers... On tubes, they excelled. Hey Poultry, i truly thought my Consonance Preamp in the first pic was the sh!t! Then i picked up the octal pre above, and it is magical! Soundstage and imaging are unlike anything i have heard. This kinda upped the "very low budget" to "somewhat low budget" lol. Have you tried an octal preamp in your system?
     
  10. Poultrygeist

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    No but I've heard good things about them.

    I've got a few decent tube preamps but folks keep raving over the LDR's which have stirred my interest.

    https://www.tortugaaudio.com
     
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    Details, we need details.:)

    jeff
     
  12. rudedogg

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    Well, i had seen this custom build octal preamp here on BarterTown and was curious about it. A friend, and somewhat local AK member "MATT0404" was selling it. It is quite unique in that it has the ability to "roll" capacitors by simply twisting a knob. You can select from PIO caps or polys...or both in parallel. Pretty cool! And it changes the sonic character of the pre. Also it has a tone control knob on the front panel which just slightly cuts the highs when turned a click to the right, or just slightly boosts the low frequencys by twisting counter clockwise. The center position is flat. The signal tubes are vintage mostly NOS 12sn7, of which 5 sets were included, image.jpeg and the rectifier is a 5y3. The internal build quality is just insanely well done, quite OCD, and stunning! This preamp has stopped (at least for a time) my tube preamp quest, it is just fantastic.
     
  13. vinylkid58

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    Thanks for the description.

    jeff
     
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    Actually Jeff i botched the tone control description slightly, the clockwise turn "boosts" the highs, not cuts it,,oops!
     
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    That's a really cool preamp.

    -Dave
     
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