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Glad to see that you're back in the game. Sorry about that bad past experience. I do have one piece of advice though. I am intimately familiar with the Apt Holman pre and amplifier, and unless you want to use it out of nostalgia, I think you could do far better without spending a fortune. The Apt pre is very lacking in dynamics and timbre by modern standards, and music through is sounds a little drab and gray, although it is never harsh, and it's a very reliable piece.
Before you sink money into it, give another pre or two a try.
Great story! (edcyn)Really? I thought it was rather depressing.
unless you want to use it out of nostalgia (roxy54)Nostalgia is part of it. I knew Tom Holman back in the day. And my Apt (meaning the one I actually owned) beat out the Threshold FET-1 in a double-blind listening test conducted by HP back in 1981. I don't think he was happy about it as it never got published, but it DID happen. Frank Richards and Pat Donleycott were both there. I know Harry passed on a few years ago. I suspect Frank and Pat have also but I don't know -- they were both 20-some years older than I am and I'm ancient now.
I intend to look into getting the Holman refurbished; but, depending on the cost, I may just leave it on the shelf and get something else. Or, I may get it refurbished AND get something else. The bug has bitten and the bite is getting infected.
I'm also going for a pair of Martin Logan electrostats -- used as I can't afford new -- probably either the Monolith III or the Prodigy models. If I can find them in decent condition at a price I can afford.
See if this guy is still working on them...
I looked @ one in the late 70's, but cheaped out and stuck with my Advent 300 (phono) patched through a Dynaco PAS3X.
Tom Holman designed the phono section of the Advent 300 (based upon a penny pitchers manufacturing budget) and yes, it was very good for the time.
The APT was definitely the best (IMO) SS preamp/phono section that I listened to back then, but like you I lost interest in 1986 and didn't come back until the late 90's.
Wonder what a properly refurbished unit with higher quality, but appropriate parts, would sound like today?
Wonder what a properly refurbished unit with higher quality, but appropriate parts, would sound like today? (dekay)Don't know, but I'm going to find out. There appear to be two people refurbishing the Holman on the East Coast -- one in Maine and one in Massachusetts. I'm going to contact both and see what's involved. In addition to the signal circuitry, I'm going to opt for an external DC power supply that I've seen mentioned several places on line, delivering better (and cleaner) power to the preamp. I'll also replace all the RCA connectors with gold-plated ones.
I'm probably biting off more than I can chew; however, I've started rebuilding. Much of what I'll be purchasing is 20-to-40 years old and will require both TLC and, possibly, mucho dinero, to get it back in spec. I've created one of your virtual systems -- named "Nostalgia" We'll see how long it takes me to rename it "Bottomless-Pit"