I hope the 303 is to your taste I wouldn't part with mine, although I am aware it might be an acquired taste. I hope you enjoy it.Delighted to say that after much to-ing and fro-ing, mixed in with a bit of umming and aahing (all down to my indecision), I’m soon to become a member of the Quad 303 club. Rob (Amplabs) has found a spare 303 in his store-room and has kindly agreed to do a full service/rebuild/new rear panel. I know it’ll be a while before it’s ready but I can’t wait to see how it performs with my Ditton 44s.
After using integrated amps for years, the move to seperate pre- and power-amps is a step I am not sure I will ever reverse. Many people think poorly of the Quad pre-amps (the world "veiled" tends to come up a lot), but I actually like them. I had mine upgraded using the DADA kits and it made a bit change, although some of that could have been replacing old capacitors. Either way, I don't care. The only one I didn't like was the 33. It looks lovely, but everything just sounded a bit off.I’ve just been in touch with Rob at Amplabs and my ‘new’ rebuilt/upgraded (Rob’s full SUFI upgrade) 303 will be ready later this week. It’s being soak tested as we speak. Can’t wait.
Also arriving will be the last remaining C6 pre-amp of Rob’s own design.
I’m going to ask Rob if he minds me sharing/posting photos of the C6.
Quite honestly, I didn’t know it existed until Rob mentioned it when we first spoke about a 303 and I subsequently found details and photos on the Amplabs website.
My plan is for the C6 to be the first/last and only pre-amp I ever buy unless i simply can’t get on with a pre/power amp arrangement in which case, I’ll go back to an integrated.
Beautiful. What else can I say? If I had the money, I'd buy them and have them refurbished without a second thought.Reacquainted amps with speakers and they work, in fact was amazed at the sound quality after 30 odd years of being inactive. Its all pretty much original, 60 years old. Lovely!
Thanks for your good wishes.I hope the 303 is to your taste I wouldn't part with mine, although I am aware it might be an acquired taste. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi.Thanks for your good wishes.
In some ways, I suppose the full upgrade which Rob has carried will potentially have changed the 303 to the point where it no longer has some of its original characteristics.
But that won’t really matter to me because i’ve never had a 303 before so I have no idea what I’d be missing!!