[*SOLD*] FS: ampsandsound Kenzie Encore w/ NOS tubes (Tungsol, RCA, Sylvania, Kenrad)
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The Kenzie Encore was my first foray into the higher end tube amp market to match with my ZMF Verite and I was blown away, especially when compared to my old Liquid Platinum and Decware CSP amps. I was able to A/B this with a ZMF Pendant (also designed by ampsandsound), and the Kenzie Encore was my preferred amp hands down. Some may prefer the more "neutral" sound of the Pendant, but the Kenzie Encore is your classic lush tube amp sound, with excellent dynamics and heft to the notes. To me, this is the natural pairing for something like the Verite or the Aeolus, while the Pendant might be a better match for something like the Auteur, where a more linear frequency response is the goal. Regardless, I still thought the dynamics on the Kenzie Encore were much better, and TBH a much more beautiful amp...at least comparing the wood frame of the Kenzie to the stock black of the Pendant.

I have since moved on to a Glenn OTL, which definitely deserves its place in the TOTL tube amp category. If I had the spare cash, I would have loved to keep the Kenzie Encore in my speaker setup as a preamp. That preamp functionality is another bonus, which my GOTL doesn't even have. Another bonus is the 300 ohm vs. 32 ohm inputs, that give you more versatility for both high and lower-impedance headphones. I did not have any low impedance headphones or planar magnetics to test on, but I would imagine the Encore sounds amazing with all headphones.

I will be including a huge stash of NOS tubes as listed below, which should last close to a lifetime. *DISCLAIMER* I have not listened to all of the spare tubes, but have rolled through each brand, without any issues. The tubes are thus being sold AS-IS.
  • 6x RCA 1626
  • 2x Tungsol 1626 (extremely rare)
  • 2x Navy CNU 1626
  • 2x Hytron 1626
  • 8x Ken-Rad 1626
  • 5x RCA 12SL7GT
  • 4x Sylvania 12SL7GT
Value of these tubes is close to $400-500. Brand new, the Encore is $2600.

My price for the lot = $SOLD plus calculated shipping for a heavy/large package (I will cover PayPal fees)

Will ship the Encore in it's original hardshell case with heavy foam packing, which is how it is shipped from ampsandsound. Tubes will be shipped in a separate double-boxed package for better protection. Please feel free to message me with questions and/or thoughts on comparisons!

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