Well I heard this preamp once and it was years ago in a retail store and at the time I thought it sounded nice, good holographic imaging seemed transparent but with totally unfamiliar equipment. However I thought and checked online and this preamp retails for $1500 but both units I see for sale here are around $2500? Perhaps I'm missing something but they don't seem like very good deals. Lots of good used tubed preamps in the $2500 price range though few of the tubed units I see for sale now have balanced outputs.
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thanks for the response jond, I do agree the price seems a little high. One of the ads is combined with a sunfire amp and he is willing to sell just the pre for less. I think if I didn't need the balanced output I would look into something like Conrad Johnson. I also asked about a musica bella preamp but got no feedback regarding that pre.
The price may have to do with options. The phono stage was a very rare option and few were made with it. The other only option was a remote. So, if you see one with both a phono and remote then $2,500 is about what they are going for.
One without out those options should be about a grand or so cheaper.
I bought one when they first came out, without the phono stage and at that time the remote wasn't even an option.
I still have it, matter of fact Joseph Chow of Audio Horizons fame is in the process of completely rebuilding it and modifying it to make it the ultimate Sunfire pre! Cutf V caps, Elma 47 step attenuator, tube regulated power supply etc...
I've loved mine for many years and they are well built and work. Nothing real hard or impossible to fix or repair. I think it was one of the all time sleepers in audio.
Actually he closed it and gave all the equipment to Bill Flannery, a former tech at Sunfire. From his site "As they say, all good things must come to an end eventually. In August of 2011, after several years of successful business, Rita's Vintage Audio was closed.
This was one of the saddest days of my life, but as it turns out, there was a silver lining to this cloud. Bob was willing to GIVE me all the equipment I needed to start my own shop!!! His only request was that I continue to provide quality service to all those loyal customers who needed to have their vintage Sunfire equipment repaired. I heartily agreed and the rest is history. I am now the proud owner of Flannery's Vintage Audio. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need help."
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