- Jan 1, 2015
Wouldn't be surprised if the chassis and the parts, alone, can cost more than 150 euros. They're beautifully proportioned amplifiers. Once my kids are gone, I hope to use one of their bedrooms as a second, smaller audio room - SET-based.
I have to admit to really enjoying the use of non-audio tubes in a good sounding component. There's something mildly sinister about it.
Couldn't sleep last night, so I did the only natural thing, and surfed ebay for tubes. Mostly to pass the time. I guess I never looked that closely, it's astounding just how many 5U4-type tubes are for sale in every price range imaginable. So, I buckled and picked up a trio of NOS 5U4GBs for $7.25 shipped. Couldn't just leave them there. One is a high-grade Raytheon, a RCA, and an early-60s GE labeled as a Zenith. That's less than $2.50 each! To my mailbox.
Also picked up a TS 5V4GA and a duo of 5V4G. The 5V4 tube is like a gift that keeps on giving. Specific synergies aside, it's one of the better rectifiers I've heard, not too far away from the GZ34 that I love and really need to get a backup for before the guitar players destroy the remaining stock, and there's usually a nice light show to go with the sound. It's not a very big tube, physically, so the Woo can fit on the same shelf as my other HP amps. Total win-win-win. At least that how I rationalize buying tubes that I really don't need.
All this said, I need to stop buying tubes. But, they're just so much fun. Help me! lol
Wow that's a very nice deal on those rectifiers! That being said... I'm trying to help you (at least a little), I'll be sending you a package with several tubes and other components to play with, within a few days. I think they will keep you busy for a while!
Any plans on when you will be modifying the DV? I'll be at your service if you need any help or information.
Yeah, the monoblocks are very cute, and they sound far better than they should! Really happy with them after the mods, the only mod I might want to do now is replace the output transformers for better quality ones. The stock transformers work ok but do get a little hot and I can't help but feel their (under rated) power might be constricting the sound.
If I ever get the funds together for a more serious amplifier (Elise XL with speaker terminals?) I will certainly think of you. In a smaller room with good efficiency speakers these amps really shine.