Those listings are wiktor, he's famous for flipping these and trying to artificially inflate the price. The last couple sets have gone for 16K here, with individual headphones at 8-9K. Maybe 20K for a pristine set with the best version of the HEV90 would be worth 20-21.
Not exactly true. But for practical purposes getting more than this would be a skillful sale or a great pair.
There were some different versions. Birgir does know more, but basically to me the sound mostly varies depending on the tubing, if it is biased properly (not very straightforward). I've rolled tubes in the HEV myself and found the sound can change quite a bit - and also the HEV takes a good 30 minutes to warm up and sounds different at various stages of this process (in a more pronounced manner than most other tube amps in my experience). Also these units are old, and from what I have heard, the capacitors need to be checked out as well. I haven't heard any 'recapped' HEV's yet.
Ohhh, hate is such a strong word. How about, highly doesn't prefer ;)
Yes, used to happen all the time... LA is your best bet these days.
Edited by neilvg - 1/15/13 at 11:30pm