I would strongly suggest looking into one of the used Belles 21A with Aucicaps that come up for sale. This is a wonderful amp. I have looked at the parts of the 22A and though it is probably a very nice preamp it does not have the parts quality of the auricap 21A. I have compared my 21A against many linestages and am always impressed with the 21A. I am currently auditioning a VTL TL6.5, ($11,500) which is wonderful, more detail and air, better dynamics. But when I put in my 21A I am not at all disappointed. I did upgrade tubes to NOS RCA which were a little over $200 for the pair, use stillpoints and of course have the four big yellow Auricap capacitors. I also use an audience powerchord e. PS, I will not be selling the belles even when I upgrade my preamp.
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