Dear friends, in the next days I will be busy with testing my new pre-amp and his integrated tube phono section. So you maybe have to wait some time for my next rip.
I bought a “used” (ahahahahah)(*) unit of one of the best pre-amps ever built: the Audio Research SP 15, in near Mint condition(*) for a price (Don Vito would say) that you absolutely couldn’t refuse.
The Audio Research SP 15 was built end of the 80s until somewhen in the 90s, the initial price here in Germany was around 18,500 DM (at now around 9,500 EUR), then around 12,000 Dollars. When I saw it this afternoon (was offered as NM but I didn’t believe it) I was speechless. Looks like new, fresh from the Minnesota factory.
Four hours later in my home I listened to the first tunes and I tell you, this is a machine not of this world. The music floats in its stage, breaths, has an incredible vitality, a bass of its kind, a control of what happens musically that I seldom have heard before…outputs up to 65 Volts (!!!)
In few words, I’m happy like I have won in the lottery.
(*) The father of the seller had this for more than 30 years. Beeing for work out of home during the week, he returned home only in the weekend and heard around 12-15 hours monthly. So, you can see, the amp is really like new. The seller sent it to the distribuition point in Hamburg for checking before selling and it was almost in perfect condition.
I hope to finish my testing phase as soon as possible to return with new and better sounding rips to you.