By all means, please keep us posted with your experiences with the DeHavilland preamp! I for one am very interested to hear your thoughts.
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I have had the original Mercury for six months. After 40 years of being an audiophile, this is probably the most satisfying new component. For the first time I just listen to the music without analyzing! According to Kara the difference between the original Mercury and Mercury 2 is the tube cage which has a shielding effect and some changes in the output circuitry. Please allow for break-in and give the amplifier a few minutes to warm up. After break-in, I do not recommend leaving it on all the time. I predict you are going to be a very happy camper!
Kara also mentioned the addition of the "cascode" follower with the merc 2, which puportedly addresses some of the "too laid back" feedback she/they had received on the original Mercury. Apparently its livelier, but still retains its bloom and overal tonal magic.... Looking forward to getting it - will report once i have it in and broken-ion some.
Let us know your impressions of the Mercury preamp. I love my Dehavilland Aries amps & Verve preamp. Kara, the designer of Dehavilland gear is a gem. I bought my Dehavilland gear 2nd hand from the original owner from Audiogon. Kara is down to earth and super friendly. Kara is ready, willing and able to answer questions and help out
even 2nd hand owners of Dehavilland gear. I have talked to her on the phone several times and through email. That really impressed me that she took the time to answer my questions. And told me to to contact her if I had more questions. Kara and Dehavilland make great sounding gear and support owners of their gear whether you buy it it new or used.