Hi Merle! Welborne isn't to blame. He actually makes some great stuff. Like many small hi end manufacturers, he is a cottage industry. Early KR amps are unreliable. I owned the VT6000. A tube went bad, and I had to send it to Prague to get it replaced. They are not user replacable. They also had to modify a circuit for tube life. Interestingly though, Kron's wife was very good at answering e-mails, and the servicing of the amp didn't take any longer than any other foreign manufacturer. Goldmund was much worse. The shipping and import duties cost me $1000. Lesson to be learned: don't buy foreign unless there is good US representation for servicing. Welborne hadn't been tapped as a service guy for them when I had my problems. I wish he had. A basement anywhere in the US beats a $1000. plane fare for my amplifiers to a place that I can't even afford to visit. By the way, I didn't care for the sound, which was very hard and analytical. Good luck!
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