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For Sale: SOLD - Seattle area Eddie Current Balancing Act w/ Alps RK50pot - Trade for SR009

post #1 of 19
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For Sale:
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

Stereophile review: 
 

"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 reviewhttp://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

 

Best,

Bayan


Edited by bayan - 6/24/14 at 6:32pm
post #2 of 19

Holy upgrades Batman!

I was about to pull the trigger on ordering a new ECBA. Really wish I had an extra grand laying around to snatch this one up.

 

Good luck with the sale mate. :D

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks Joshhh,

It's a great deal!  You could sell some of the extra tubes separately after you see what you enjoy most and have it at around the same price.

If you're in the area come by and take a listen.

 

Bayan

post #4 of 19
If I can get enough funds before you sell the unit, I will be sure to shoot you a pm. tongue.gif
post #5 of 19

Hey,

 

Is the Smyth Realizer still available, is it the HDMI version, if so I'm interested at the right price.

 

Cheers

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by m0gwai View Post
 

Hey,

 

Is the Smyth Realizer still available, is it the HDMI version, if so I'm interested at the right price.

 

Cheers

It is the HDMI version, but I've decided to keep the Realizer for now.

 

Best,

Bayan

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

Price drop!

post #8 of 19

Hi Bayan

 

I'm interested in your BA. I'm sure you've been asked if you would let it go separately from the LCD 3's. I live in Colorado but I could consider driving upn to the Seattle area to pick it up. Are you accepting any reasonable offers?

 

Thanks

 

will smith

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi Will,

I've already sold the LCD 3's, so the BA is available by itself.  I'd be happy to meet in Seattle and have you demo it and pick it here!  PM me your phone number if you'd like to chat.

 

Best,

Bayan

post #10 of 19

Can't tell you how many times I go over in my head buying your amp and trying to sell mine just to snag the extras and amp with rk50 pot :(

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

You should come by for a listen!

 

Bayan

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Price now at $4,350 for package or $3,900 with stock tubes.

post #13 of 19

PM sent

post #14 of 19

Another PM sent

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

Price drop to $3,800

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