CJ ET5 wonderful everything great bass not overly tubey with killer stage and depth.Good luck.
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Its bad timing for me, I'm hoping that I don't gave to spend much more than $2,000.00. I've been very satisfied with my system for many years, and dont really know whats out there. Audiotroy, I have considered a solid state amp., the dyns are power hungry. Like you said, the Jadis is quite full in the mids- bugle boys worked well for me. Back when I followed audio gear, Krell and Levenson were putting out highly rated amps. Any ideas on a musical solid state amp at this price range, used?
You might want to check out class-D offerings from the likes of NuPrime, Merrill Audio, or Wyred 4 Sound. Class-D generally gives you more watts per dollar.
I recently purchased a NuPrime IDA-16 200 watt dac/amp integrated and have been extremely pleased with it.
Good luck on your search.
Along the same vintage as the RM-9, the Berning EA-2100 supposed to be an incredible sounding amp and the tubes are very conservatively run as well. I remember reading a review of this amp in TAS or Absolute Sound back in the day, very neutral, quiet, and transparent sounding. I've seen them pop up from time to time.
The RM-9 MkII that is listed on this site for $2600 is a great deal and worth stretching your budget for. It started out life as a MkI but Roger went all out to update it to a MkII. If it makes any difference we will honor the warranty on that amp. We also worked on pdreher’s amp, which we thought would be a lost cause but Roger put his expertise to good use in getting that amp back to spec at a modest cost.
If as you say you blew a transformer you’re out of luck (curious how that happened, it's difficult to do on that amp), otherwise Roger can fix most anything that is wrong with that amp.
Disclaimer: I work for Music Reference/RAM Tubes.
Really not that much to these amps transformer, caps, resistors and Roger can fix them or I can.
See if you can find an old Lafayette KT-550 power amp. Have a tech change the tubes to EL34 power tubes and be done with all of this. The change to the EL34 tubes is basically the tube socket wires are moved and re-bias the amp.
Second option is to find an old Counterpoint hybrid power amp that has been modified. If not modified, I can do that also. Great driving power and sweetish sounding amps.
A few weeks ago I called the number listed on the MR website, and Roger answered. Call in the morning. If you’re in S. California, the tech at Brooks Berdan Ltd. in Monrovia (a long-time Music Reference retailer) is very familiar with Roger’s designs, and does excellent repairs (he also works on VTL, Jadis, and just about all tube electronics). His name is Tom, and he works on Wednesdays and Saturdays (his fulltime job is as a maintenance/service engineer at a radio or TV station---I forget which!---in L.A.).