Just bought my bryston headphone amp! Cant wait for it to arrive and sit with my bryston dac. Unfortunately all the online retailers i found who sell the hhpa-1 to canada and had stock, where in the usa and had black only. most didn't ship to canada. I couldn't find local stock and local new prices where more than i could afford on my student budget once taxes and interconnects were factored in. Plus waiting... I was lucky i received a bursary with excess and a tax return.. Finally my old dj headphones (hd25) and my hd650 and music collection will no longer suffer the headphone outputs on my macbook!
alas, I couldn't find a silver one anywhere! ... So my decision was to order a black one rather than continue to wait before i could use my phones. 10 years is long enough wait! (Boy do i miss my allen and heath mixing board) .. I suspect this amp will blow that headphone section out of the water.
So, my little dilemma..
how diffict would it be to swap face plates? Ive emailed a nice guy at bryston service who tells me its not so easy, and it would require $$$ plus shipping both ways.. as much as id like to support bryston directly out of gratitude to their magnificent products, i cant afford it. I respect the concern of bryston service. I assume publicly encouraging do it yourself service would be detrimental to the masses, but i cant imagine it would take much more than a few hand tools and careful technique.. Or would a straight faceplate swap be truly over my head?
Looking at it from the photographs i would assume that the faceplate is bolted to a chassis with machine screws, and the xlr connects bolted to the faceplate on short leads. Im guessing the case-cover is then bolted to the chassis from beneath. Im guessing all the components would be anchored to a chassis and largely not to the faceplate. But.. The toggle switches, are they threaded into the face plate, or are they positioned into the faceplate passively from the inside? Are the knob attached to the attenuators by a screw, adhesive or friction?
i bought mine used and will likely only receive an receipt from the used salesman. Would i have warranty, and provided i could actually aquire a faceplate would swapping it compromise the warranty?
I cant really afford to ship it twice and pay all the expense to buy parts and pay labour for what effectively should be an hour or less of careful work..
anyone have a silver faceplate or wish theirs was black? Just thinking aloud.
any advise would be greatly appreciated