Originally Posted by rsbrsvp
I have waited a long long time before getting into this delicate issue. I don't plan to get to involved either. This particular post struck me hard because it describes much of my feelings. I don't want to get into the full story of my relationship with SP- but the basics are the same as others- lie after lie after lie. Delay after delay after delay. I was taken on a ride for many many years and ended up having to sell a defictive amp. at a huge loss. You would not believe what I went through. I do believe that Mikhael is at heart a good person it is just that business and money is pulling him and molding him. I really Like Mikhael- and I wish he did not put me through the torture which he did.
I do agree at the end of the day- (this is not a rationalization)- just a truth- that my ES-1 provides the most incredible music experience I ever could of imagined.
Two things I wanted to mention to fellow head fiers.
1. If you want a Singlepower amp.- they are the best sounding amps in the world. Never order and pay money up front. Tell Mikhael what you want and to have it built for you- then go to Denver and look at it, listen to it, play with the volume knobs, bias it with different tubes, turn it on and off 20 times and experiment with it for 2-3 days. If it is perfect- pay then and only then and take your amp. home with you. Call it a 72 hour personal burn in- if you wish. This is how I bought my ES-1- and it worked out well. (I was cheated on another sale 2 years earlier)
2. I have not followed this thread totally at all but if I am not mistaken, Mikhael has not spoken up. I do not really see any need for him to hide. It makes him look worse. I request of Mikhael to show up as a responsible adult and a grown man and post some words regarding the issues brought up here. I wish Mikhael for his own sake would admid publicly in this forum to his lying, cheating and misconduct; then apologize to all he harmed; then make arrangements to recompensate all those hurt and than make a promise to change- to all of us. It would be such a shame if Mikhael went under. His amps are the best sounding amps in the world- just stunning beyond belief.
MIKHAEL- PLEASE SPEAK UP- SHOW UP- WE CARE! WE WANT YOU TO MAKE IT FOR YOU AND FOR US.
Yeah I used to believe that Singlepower amps are the best sounding amps in the world. I don't believe that anymore.
I do not believe that even if you dumped 50k into a SDS-XLR that it would necessarily sound as good as a TTVJ 307A or a EC Balancing Act. It may for some people, but it does not to my experience. Yet I do not believe that Mikhail would have any qualms with selling you a 50k SDS-XLR.
I mean sure it's subjective and maybe for some people they are the best sounding amps... but it is not a universal truth and I'd advise anybody who wants to buy into that but has not experienced it for themselves to verify it themselves before entering in any sort of relationship with a used Singlepower amp let alone Mikihail/New Singlepower amps.
Moreover.. even if his amps were the best sounding out there... reliability is an issue and will continue to be an issue.
It's really not that I don't believe your experiences. I myself have owned solid/good sounding operating Singlepower amps.. but if you really delve into this thread and others like it I think you will detect that Singlepower/Mikhail has only deteriorated in service/quality/performance in the last couple of years. I don't know if its strain/financial issues or what.. but at some point there was a tipping point and the sad stories started outweighing the success stories.
I don't doubt that there still are some success stories of happy satisfied customers... but it simply is not enough imo for any sane person to embark on.
Until he really gets his affairs in order then I really would not advise anyone I actually like to get involved regardless of what good experiences you've had with him 2-3+ years ago.
Moreover... given my own experiences and what I found in my amps I DO NOT believe that Mikhail knows what he is doing when it comes to solid state. He built his reputation on tube amps and unfortunately experience designing tube amps does not necessarily translate into designing solid state amps even though I both wished for it to and believed that it did when I purchased my amp.
Ironbut has a good point. Tube amps are not complex designs by nature (At least not Mikhail's OTL designs) so yeah.. a local tube amp repair tech probably could help you better than Mikhail can.
Lastly.. Mikhail is a dishonest man.
For a long time I chalked up the inconsistencies to absent mindedness, but I stopped giving him any credit after he stole feet off my amp. I have documented evidence that he did this. If it was for "sonic improvement" or whatever then he should have run it by me. Sure it was only 40 dollars or so worth of black diamond racing feet, but it really opens up the door as far as what else he might have stolen from inside the amp.
That was the tipping point for me... after all the lies about deadlines/work done/cost/everything. I mean the guy told me that there were mosfets on my amp. Between 12 and 16 of them (He's told me both numbers on different occasions)... in fact he attributed a channel imbalance issue to these "mosfets." Well I've had the insides examined by diyers/an amp designer and two members of the trade and they tell me that there isn't a single mosfet anywhere. Either he doesn't know what a mosfet is... or he was lying. Which is more comforting heh? I suppose he could be using magical mosfets that are labeled as other parts and resemble those parts.. but if you believe that then I have a bridge to sell you.