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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by ReDVsion
I realized today that if I REALLY want to go all-out on my analog rig, I'm going to want a tubed phono stage. How cheaply can I get one (or, better stated, how cheaply can I get a decent one)?
So, ten months later... how's it going and which road did you take?
post #32 of 45
I've just got the Tube Box and am loving it. PM me if you want to talk about it more in depth.
post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by britishbane
I've just got the Tube Box and am loving it. PM me if you want to talk about it more in depth.
hi!

dude please tell me as much as you can about your experience with the tube box!!

i might buy one... (i have the small phono box by pro-ject)
post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by rickcr42
Like I said earlier,the words

Cheap

Phono Stage

Tube

don't belong in the same sentence.This is really one area where you get what you put into it and really needs loot thrown at it even if DIY.
An option would be a discrete JFET stage which would cost far less
This has been my experience, too. A phono stage might be a fun way to introduce some tubes into your system, but the gain involved tends to introduce some noise. If you are on the cheap, I'd recommend SS phono stage and tubiness from your head-amp!
post #35 of 45

Anyone tried the...

Bellari VP129:



yet?
post #36 of 45
BottleHead Seduction is getting good reviews and is inexpensive.


Mitch
post #37 of 45

Bellari vp129 phono preamp

I just hooked the bellari up last night and boy did it sound good. It made a difference hearing it coupled to my conrad johnson preamp. I do recommend this item for the money however I must confess I don't know how a single tube can drive dual channels?
post #38 of 45
12AX7 is a twin triode... one section for each channel in this case.

Your findings are encouraging! How does the built-in headphone amp compare to anything else you may have tried?

Welcome to Head-Fi, by the way.
Sorry about your wallet, but the damage appears minimal, so far.
post #39 of 45
There is a lot of discussion of 12AX7 in the archives here because the tube was used in the ASL MG Head, which used to be a very popular amp around here in olden times.
post #40 of 45

bellari vpi29

It sounds fine with head sets however it is really surprising to hear my LP's after all these years through a tube preamp (conrad johnson) and the little Bellari..
Well now that I know that the 12ax7 is a twin triode now I can understand how it can feed both channels. Many thanks on that one.
post #41 of 45

tube phono stage

i have the pro ject tube box it sounds good thinking about switching to a phono max and selling the tube box
post #42 of 45

My new tube phono stage

I just go this new tube phono stage for my Pioneer PL-41
Tube on this phono stage 5U4Gx1,EF91x4(RIAA),6SN7GTx2

post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by altezza3s View Post
I just go this new tube phono stage for my Pioneer PL-41
Tube on this phono stage 5U4Gx1,EF91x4(RIAA),6SN7GTx2

thats awesome!
post #44 of 45
I have always been envious of people who build their own Hagerman Technology Cornet 2 Phono preamplifiers. Jim Hagerman's vacuum tube designs tend to be dead quiet and feature none of that tubiness sound people come to expect in lesser gear. I have a Bugle which is amazing in it's own right. A Cornet 3 is said to be in the works but if and when it actually arrives is anyone's guess.
post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by daycart1 View Post
There is a lot of discussion of 12AX7 in the archives here because the tube was used in the ASL MG Head, which used to be a very popular amp around here in olden times.
hey i just bought an old Dynaco Dynakit PAS-2 that takes the 12ax7 and i need to buy some tubes for it, do you know which tubes sound closest to telefunks? the cheapest i found them was 60-70 and thats too high for me, but i noticed there are many other affordaboe 12ax7 tubes? and what rectifier tube would you reccomend? thanks
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