Are you getting your old faulty 3A back? I'd consider buying it?
@georgehifi...usually Art has you hang on to your unit until the new one is ready to ship. I’m pretty sure the OP still has his original M3A. Art also gives a very excellent trade-in price, so I’m sure the OP will trade it in.
I spoke with Art, and I am going to get the line stage instead of the 3B. (It has the remote volume)
Also, just to avoid confusion, both units are 3B’s. You have the M3A or B which is a full function preamp with phono, but NO remote. The L3A or B is a Line Stage Only WITH remote.
One is a 3B (Modulus) Which is full function pre amp, (has built in phono) the other is just line stage pre amp. “L3A”. (With volume remote)
The one I’ll be handing in for the trade in value is a Modulus 3A. (it has the phono stage too).
And I’m glad I made the change. I’m sure the phono is nice on the new 3B, but having no remote would be a real bummer for me, as I listen to a lot of digital audio too, and there is a lot of volume variations on song to song also. I’d be getting up after every different song....
Just to let your know Mike, the 3A’s last ones used with cosmetic issues and one with scratchy volume pots in Au went for $2000-2100aud that’s about $1500usd, the last few in the US from what I searched went for around the $1500usd mark. Canada $1800cnd. I wouldn't accept any less than a $1K trade in.
@georgehifi, (or anyone else that’s interested)...one of the buys of the century are refurbed units from AI:
What is a Factory Reconditioned Modulus? Audible Illusions allows M3A owners to trade in their current preamp for the latest model M3B. Of the units sent for trade, the very best are selected for the refurbishment program. These units are carefully inspected, checked, measured and adjusted. Any suspect parts are replaced and matched to factory specifications. The units are cleaned and preened to look virtually new.
After they have met the high standards of Audible Illusions, a fresh set of tubes is installed and they are packaged in a new box with new manual and accessories.
What makes a Factory Reconditioned unit such a great value? Unlike other used units on the market, you have the benefit of knowing that your unit has been fully evaluated and certified by Audible Illusions. The designer himself, Art Ferris, personally checks EVERY factory reconditioned unit. You’ll be comfortable knowing that your preamp is operating at peak performance and is backed by a factory warranty. With a Factory Refurbished unit, you know what you are buying, and it’s a unit that performs as it did when it first left the factory.
Contact Galen at Galen Carol Audio. The units only run about $1500 USD. He gets them from time to time and they usually sell very quickly. He sometimes has other models too.
I’ve seen and heard several of these units and they indeed look and perform like brand new ones. An incredible buy on a great preamp...