I have not compared, but am very happy with the YA-201 in bedroom system, running a pair of Vienna Haydn Grands.
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You've just about read my mind in several respects. Yes, I will have it repaired so it is sellable but I don't want to experience any downtime without the amp which leads me to looking into something else that could be used while it is in repair. Lastly, the ONLY thing I don't like about the Creek is the motorized pots, I'd prefer electronic switching which leads to my interest in the YBA (with the added bonus of a slight power increase). Thanks for your thoughts.
Roy Hall designated Mitch Singerman in California for the repair. I talked to Mitch at length regarding the problem as well as 5350 SE Philosophy. The man knows this particular component inside out, I can see why Roy taps him. He'll repair it in whatever way it requires and bring it to factory specs for extremely reasonable money. I'm very excited.
Instead of fretting about downtime without music while its away for repair, I'll play my neglected Martin guitar and make my own music.
Thanks to all of you for the great replies. I'll let you know how the saga turns out after I listen to it for awhile.
Rel2, I think your choice was correct, even more so because you will now pick up your Martin. There was a thread about musical instruments in the room where the stereo is played and how this may cause problems with the sound. I say, music is music, and if you make your own, that's even better. Have fun! I have marked this thread just in case my Creek ever needs work. Thanks for the information.
REL2, good luck having the Creek repaired. I sent my Creek 5350SE to Mitch Singerman three times to repair a channel dropout. The first two times Mitch couldn't hear anything wrong with the amp. The third time, he replaced the volume pot and cables. It worked for a while and then I was experiencing channel dropout once again.
I then sent the amp to a tech who replaced all three ribbon cables and he hard wired the connections. It's worked perfectly for the last two years. In fact, I think it sounds better than ever.
So good luck and I hope Mitch repairs your amp. Mitch is a great guy, knows what he's doing and makes every effort to fix the problem. But I think there's something wrong with the ribbon cable Creek supplies, or at least there was something wrong with the replacement cable in my amp.