Manley Stingray question

Hi Folks,

I have been far removed from audio world for about a year and a half. I learned I was going to have my first child, so money got scarce. Well, he learned to crawl about two weeks ago, and now every time I look at my amp I see shattered tubes and a crying kid in its future. I am thinking of selling it. It is a first generation (I think) Manley stingray, with ul and triode switches, sub out, and loop/rec out/in. No headphone amp, I-dock, or remote. I bought it new on audiogon about three years ago for, maybe, $900? I was looking at prices and they seemed way high, even for the older model that I have. What happened? Is my sleep deprived brain forgetting what I paid for it (quite possible)? Did something change that I am missing? Thanks for any info.
What may have happened, just a guess, is that Manley pretty much doubled the prices of new units when they launched the Stingray II and Stingray (?? the one with the iPod dock on the front), so used prices jumped accordingly. I bought and sold a used newer Stingray last year in the $1500 range.
Great amp, btw.
Other mitigating factors are that Audiogon fees have gone up while the value of the dollar has gone down.
Manley upped their prices significantly. Lucky you!
I doubt that you paid $900 three years ago. Even then they were selling for $1200+.
Suggestion: Put the amp someplace where the child can't get at it.
:) Thanks, I am thinking about how to manage it. 9 month olds are pretty amazing in what they can get into, though, I can't imagine what happens when he learns to walk! Thanks for all the replies.
Your recollection of your purchase price is not far off. About three years ago, I had hte opportunity to pick a Stingray up off of Audiogon for a seller from Long Island, NY, for about $950. However, I passed on it because I had other pressing audio needs. Wish I had bought the darn thing. smh
You did not buy it therefore it did not sell for that price. The Stingray is one of many products I have followed for several years and $950 was never the going price for a Stingray in proper working order and good cosmetic condition.
I'm not going to go back and forth with you. I know what my conversation with the seller was, but I must be wrong because you were there.
I have noticed an occasional Stingray for under $1000 and always wondered why so low. By the time I would double check they were always gone.
Nobody said you have to go back and forth on this. I'm telling you the going price for an original Stingray in excellent condition was upwards of $1200. That doesn't mean an average Stingray or a Stingray in need of a $300 set of tubes hasn't come up for sale for less money. Now that the price has increased on the Stingray II the original Stingray has gone up in price also. It's ironic the original Stingray is the better sounding amp. It was designed with a superior output tube and a better power transformer than the later model. The original output tube was traded for an inferior tube due to availability and consequently the transformer had to be altered to accommodate the lesser tube. To make up for the differences in quality, features were added (bells and whistles). The power has decreased significantly on the later model.
Rrog.You seemed very knowledgable about Manley line,what do you think about 240 Ref vs Neo250 or Neo500,did they really improved them as they are selling?
The original output tubes used were the Yugoslav Ei 6BQ5. Those have been out of production and unavailable since, when? The 1990's? The Russian NOS 6Pi14Pi EL84Ms are fantastic output tubes. They are rugged and last forever. Of course to some folks, unobtainable tubes always sound better...

B+ was lowered slightly and DC heaters were added to original Stingrays a very long time ago to be kinder to all EL84's and to allow for non-spiral-wound input tube heaters for quieter operation.

An important addition to the Stingray II and iTube models is the increased B+ capacity over the old models. You can really hear the deeper and tighter LF slam with those 8 x 1200uF caps in the HV rails.

The newest Stingray II and Stingray iTube models include all switching and I/O options everyone always wanted and more. Tetrode/Triode switching as standard, and of course RF remote control. There is even a sleep timer. I am totally guilty of feature creep, and I put all those features on there because I could. That's why.
"Of course to some folks, unobtainable tubes always sound better..."

Then maybe you can explain why your engineers selected the EI tubes in the first place. And now another NOS tube is being used even though it is not up to the quality of the original EI tubes. You also forgot to mention the transformer change and lower power rating to accommodate the current output tubes.

The original Stingray is a wonderful purist design and all out effort by Manley Labs. Too bad we cannot say the same thing about the Stingray II.