CALLING ALL YAMAMOTO A-O11 2A3 OWENERS /


AS THE HAPPY AND PROUD OWNER OF THIS MUSICAL MASTERPIECE FOR OVER THREE YEARS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK ABOUT THIS BLISSFUL 2A3 INTERGRATED AMPLIFIER/I DOUGHT IT WILL EVER RECEIVE THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED PRAISE AS IT'S BIG BROTHER, BUT IT IS A AWESOME AMPLIFIER THAT IS MINDBLOWING/ THE MUSICAL TONE OF THIS DEVICE PULLS YOU TO THE LISTENING CHAIR THEN TRANSPORTS YOU INTO A UNFORGETABLE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE TO DIE FOR/ GREAT LITTLE INTERGRATED /////
fortapache
When you use all capital letters you're shouting at us. The shouting drowns out the message.
^^^ Right. Now wait for for some genius to tell you it works for them because they don't see so well.

Happened to me the last time I suggested someone stop yelling.

So anyway, and post that screams "MASTERPIECE, AWESOME, BLISSFUL, UNFORGETABLE, AND (of course) MINDBLOWING, deserves to be ignored.
Too much to drink.He'll do better next time.We've mostly all done silly things here,cheers,Bob
"The shouting drowns out the message."

...and accentuates the misspellings.
"...and accentuates the misspellings."

...and the lack of proper punctuation.
I would like to apologize to all audiogon members for the lack of professionalism in my forum . Thanks.
Nice review. ;)
It is a very nice amp. Try using EML tubes. Also the 2A3T nature sound tube is great too. If you like the a011 try the A06. It's beautiful. Yamamoto make excellent sound amps.
Thank you guys for the cool response. Chadeffect your insight on the Ao6 is utmost appreciated. Yamamoto makes excellent sounding amps.
I haven't heard your amplifier specifically, but feel 2A3 amplifiers are the most overlooked components in audio. While the 300B gets all the press, the 2A3 is perhaps the best sounding, real world output tube out there.

I'm not at all surprised you love this amplifier, and wish you all the best for many years to come with it.
Thanks Trelja. The 2A3 amplifiers are vastly underrated, but thats always going to be etched in triode folklore. We have accepted it, and most of us love it this way. All the best brother.

Buy the way none of you asked the makeup of my system. I feel system matching is paramount as any amplifier is unable to play alone. My simple setup is . Yamamoto 2A3 Intergrated amplifier.
Cain&Cain alder wood single driver speakers . Wadia 830 cd player . Omega mikro wire throughout system. Home made wall panels & corner traps covered with silk. vintage nos tubes.
I was unfamiliar with this integrated so I did some research. What a beauty. It has to look amazing with the Cain &Cain's. I would love to hear your system.
DonJr if you ever come to Brooklyn New York contact me, and I would love to let you hear it.
Jetrexpro. I would like to thank you for accepting my offer to listen to my yamamoto amplifier in Brooklyn. It was a lot of fun. you are really cool people. In addition you have good taste in music as well as a fantastic ear.
Fortapache,
It was my great pleasure to spend an afternoon with you and your lovely music making system. Thank you for turning me on to music that I had not heard before. Here's to Chet Baker!! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend in my home. Hoping phduncanson can join us.
Fortapache,
I imagine your system sounds very special and conveys the emotion of music very well.

Jetrexpro,I`ve admired your system for a while.How does this Yamamoto 2A3 amp based system contrast to the sound of your custom 300b SET amplifier?
Charles,
Charles,
An interesting question and since our systems (speakers especially) are very different. Fortapache's Abbys/2a3 Yammamoto simply make music with immediacy and excellent pace with no embellishment. I was struck by agility of the 2a3/abby's. A Jazz lover's system for sure with a purity that was compelling. My AN-e's with 300b's add a richness and texture to the music. A palpable reach out and touch richness but with clarity and pacing. I would love to hear my E's driven by the Yammamoto. Niether of us use preamps.
Both systems can play many types of music, but if I were playing Rock and Classical I would lean to the Audio Notes and if I were a mostly Jazz fan I might head towards the Abbys.
Charles1dad. First and foremost.I have appreciated your intelligent audio insight as well as your fine system for a while. Yes the system conveys the total gestalt of the musical moment. It conveys the soul of every musician involved. I feel music must stir ones emotion in a compelling gripping way that makes one feel as you know the musician personally! This is how the yamamoto amp makes me feel. I really would like to hear the yamamoto 45 amp.
Fortapache,
Thanks for your very kind comment.
I can relate completely to your priorities,communication,soul,emotion and involvement.If these are absent nothing else matters or can substitute for them.Your system must provide you with an abundance of musical pleasure and honesty. It`s funny you mention feeling as though you know the musician.I`ve come to notice that connection when listening.I really feel as if on some level I know Carmen McRae,Thelonious Monk,Miles and Chet Baker among others I hear often.
Charles,
Charles1dad. As a spiritual music brother I would like to ask you a question because your mention of the great Chet Baker.I was contemplating a forum for Chet, but I see it's already in place. I was surprised to see so many people who thought Chet wasn't a great trumpet player. wow!!! The Yamamoto amplifier tells me this is so untrue. What do you think? Be well brother;;;
Fortapache,
If one thing is certain, everyone has an opinion about most anything.So much in life is subjective. Chet Baker is one of my favorite musicians regardless of instrument.Why? His playing moves me and I want to hear more,he gets to me.I understand he couldn`t read music(according to G. Mulligan) and there may be some technical flaws in his approach,I don`t care! Chet just flat out communicates and saturates me with his beautiful horn and the major emotion he generates.I listen to Chet as often as I do Clifford Brown,Miles,Art Farmer etc. They all touch me and pull me in and keep me there.Chet is very high on my list in this regard.His ability to express such emotion with his horn is remarkable.

Fortapache,your Yamamoto is speaking the truth as is my Frankenstein. If others don`t appreciate his talent that`s their loss. I won`t criticise someone`s preferences I just know what appeals to me.
Charles,
Charles1dad. The feeling is mutual.
Jetrexpro. I would like to extend my utmost,and deepest gratitude to you for giving me the opportunity to listen to your fantastic system. The sound was awesome.The vinyl was breathtaking. We all should be so lucky to see, and listen to your amplifier. What a piece of audio art!!!!!!!
Wow! You guys seemed to really enjoy each other`s audio systems. I`m sure I`d love them both also.It wonderful to have systems that preserve the pure joy and emotion music has to offers.My hat`s off to you two fellow music lovers.
Charles,
Thanks so much for your kind words Fortapache! I think most of the credit goes to my Audio Note speakers which I dearly love and come to respect more each day. They are on the warm side of neutral but as long a I taylor my electronics to compliment sonic bliss is not far away!

Thanks as well to the nod to my vinyl rig. The VCap and AN Copper Cap combo in my home brew phono pre is working out pretty well so far.

See you again soon and next time we will have the pleasure Phduncanson's company.
Jetrexpro. You already have sonic bliss.Looking foward to the next visit.
Fortapache,
Some Chet Baker recommendations (unless you already have them).
"The Art of the Ballad"
"The Italian sessions"
"Chet"
"Stairway to the Stars"
"Chet Baker inParis"
If you happen to like trumpeter Nicholas Payton, "Finger painting", ,beautiful playing.
Charles,
2nd "Chet" and would add "broken wing" both sound wonderful on Vinyl.
Thank you Charles1dad. I have The Italian sessions,but note of the others.Certainly intend to check out your recommendations.
Fortapache,
I think you'll like all the suggested Baker CDs. If you could choose only one, I'd select "Chet" if features Kenny Burrell, Pepper Adams, Herbie Mann and Bill Evans. Chet plays in top form and his horn sounds gorgeous with his rich beautiful tone. Each musician plays wonderfully.
Charles,
Totally agree with Charles 1 on his assessment of "Chet". I bought a vinyl copy a week ago and cannot get over how beautiful the trumpet sounds. It is as if Baker is somehow still breathing into his horn after he releases a note. Every phrase from his trumpet lofts into the air and suspends there as its meaning grows in relation to the previous phrase and the phrase he is about to play. Pepper Adams Bari sax is the perfect foil to Baker. The engineer added some reverb or perhaps the room they recorded in had a natural reverb. This adds to the richness.

An early must have is the Pacific Jazz Records two CD set of Gerry Mulligan Quartet. 42 tunes. Mulligan and Baker weave in and out of each other's musical space in a pleasing Bachian display of improvised counterpoint.
Charles1dad ; you have a great system assembled there.I can imagine how good it sounds. Did you get your yamamoto dac straight from japan? I did hear the Chet recording on vinyl on Jetrexpro's system. It is still willowing between my ears. So beautiful.
Fortapache,I got my Yamamoto DAC from the U.S.distributor in February 2010. He`s no longer in bussiness. It`s such a special DAC,with chet and most other jazz CDs you are in the music venue with them.What ever Shigeki Yamamoto learned building SET amps he sure applied this to his DAC.
Charles,
Is there a particular higher SQ edition of "Chet" CD that you know of to recommend? With quick research I did see the Orrin Keepnews' Collection with one bonus track. A "reissue" version had 5 bonus tracks.
Thank you Charles1dad. I purchased my Yamamoto amplifier through Venus audio. They are no longer in business. I guess if I want to purchase one of these fine musical instruments(the dac) I will have to deal directly with Shigeki.I would like to express immense gratitude to you for responding on a weekend.
Brett,
The version of "Chet" I have is the single bonus track .
Charles,
Fortapache,
Yes Venus audio is who I bought from, I could`nt recall the name, he was a nice guy.
Charles,
Jetrepro,
I believe you and Fortapache would really appreciate Gerry Mulligan's "Night Lights". Beautiful playing and recorded well. It features Art Farmer and Jim Hall among others. They're in the room with you.
Charles,
Charles 1,

I listened to "Night Lights" on line. Very nice. Will put it on my list. I don't have much Art Farmer.