Any info on a VTL Utlimate Preamp with MC Please

Hi there I just picked up a VTL Ultimate Preamp, I can see on audiogon it was the second version which included a MC Phono Section. I called up VTL and it was before they had computers for manuals.

It has a Stereo/Mono Switch, In theory could this be used with a second ultimate for Mono configuration? Also has anyone played with Balance Adjust and found a sweet spot?

By the way this is a VERY awesome preamp and a true classic, It is FAST! and not for a tube unit just FAST!


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Hi the mono/stereo switch is for listening to mono records. The preamp is already dual mono inside including power supply & gain stages. The only point they come together is on the volume pot which is dual ganged. In theory you can dual mono if you fit separate left and right volume controls. If you can find a copy of the VTL Tube book it gives you information on the pre and circuit information. How does this compare to your Motif MC7.
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I am not aware of a first and second version, just standard gain and high gain versions.

I am looking for the standard version if anybody knows of one for sale.

The mono switch is also usefull for balancing your system.

It is very fast, A little brighter. I'll be honest my system has been switching around at such rapid pace I'll have to get back to you in a couple days

The MC-7 Has much better grip and and control of the overall flow in the mid-bass and bass. It is a darker unit but not really dark.

I need more time to give a better evaluation. I can say this is not your everyday tube preamp! Sorry for the very short answer but its all I can commit to right now