SOLD - Seattle area Eddie Current Balancing Act w/ Alps RK50pot - Trade for SR009
Will Ship To: Anywhere
"To wrap up and considering the competition, the Eddie Current Balancing Act is a clear Blue Moon Award winner as a headphone driver with first-class add-on preamp functionality,"
Srajan Ebaen, publisher 6 moons
6 moons review: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/eddiecurrent3/1.html
"I’ll cut straight to the core of my sonic impressions and flat-out declare this amp, easily heard within the first few minutes of listening, to offer the most expansive, most realistic soundstaging of any headphone amp I have ever listened to. Its damn right other-worldly, and is simply instant transportation into something very hard to describe but easily heard and felt."
Ryan Clarin, reviewer, Innerfidelity.com
Innerfidelity review: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/eddie-current-balancing-act
The Balancing Act brings a new level of listening luxury to high-end audio. Painstakingly created with custom features built into the unit for the discriminating audiophile, the BA delivers sublime listening pleasure. It is also designed to serve as a preamp and will drive balanced lines for optimum speaker listening enjoyment. When it’s all about the music, the Balancing Act is your performance soundstage. Even the hardest-to-drive headphones will sound simply amazing.
This is one of the finest headphone amps ever created. I've have been listening to my speakers more and more and even though i'm sure I'll kick myself, it just doesn't make sense for me to keep this piece. I've been using this for my LCD-3's (SOLD) and also as a pre-amp for my Martin Logan CLX Art for a while until I started using the Ayre KX-R.
This is unit number 15, one of the ones from the original series. This is one of the few BAs that was upgraded to the Alps RK-50 potentiometer, which is arguable the finest potentiometer on the market. The volume knob alone selling for $1,000. Craig no longer performs this upgrade! And, to do this upgrade you had to source the potentiometer yourself (from Japan) and ship it to Craig to install.
This is the 300B version of the BA. Included are the stock Electro Harmonix 300B and reissue Russian Tung Sol 6SN7. I have been using the KR-PX4's (not included), so the stock tubes have barely any hours on them.
Included are some replacement bulb covers purchased from Mouser. These part numbers are all listed somewhere in the BA thread. Basically, it comes stock with an amber cover over the bulb, but I wanted blue to match the rest of my rig. The parts were so cheap that I bought a few different colors.
Stock DC connector cable and power cord are included, along with all original foam and boxes.
We're going to have to discuss shipping costs on a case by case basis, depending on your location. This will need to be shipped in three boxes. The power supply is in it's own box, then the amp is in a box, and then I will need to box up all of the tubes separately And the only way to ship this is INSURED! Shipping will not be cheap. I live in the Seattle area, so if a buyer is anywhere even close then I would be happy to drive up to two hours each way to meet you and do this deal in person, rather than ship the amp. You can also come to my place to demo the amp.
I could go on and on about how great this amp is, but you already know that, that's why you've read this far. I'll just say that the amp was quite a hit at the NYC head-fi meet back in June, even Steve Guttenberg from CNET spent about 20 minutes listening to it. So if you want a Balancing Act and don't want to wait for Craig to do a run, this is your deal because these don't come up for sale very often.
I'm asking $SOLD for this package. Craig charges $4800 for this package ($3850 for the BA + $950 upgraded pot). In the original runs, the stock EH and Tung Sol reissue were not even offered as an option, they were included but the base price was higher. Given the scarce availability of the amp, the long waits for Craig to do a run of these, and the upgraded pot that is no longer available.
I also have a NOS Tung Sol "BGRP" 6SN7 driver, a matched pair of KR-PX4s, Brimar 6SN7GT/CV1988 Brown Base, and Shuguang Treasure CV-181z available separately.
Send me a private message with inquiries. I'm happy to answer any questions by phone or facetime as well. Thank you for taking the time to read my listing.
WILL CONSIDER TRADE FOR STAX SR-009
Edited by bayan - 6/24/14 at 6:32pm