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SOLD: Supratek Sauvignon (Chardonnay+)

TheFlash

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Now seeking £1850 or offers or sensible exchange offers; discounts for established Wammers, see in-store for details. Terms and conditions apply.. Location Leicestershire.

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EDIT: I can't believe this gorgeous piece of visual and sonic hifi porn is still here. Now willing to entertain sensible swap conversations. Sensible, meaning no 100-er conkers and no dead frogs; I already have a shed full of these.

For all intents and purposes, I suggest you think of this as a Chardonnay http://www.supratek.com.au/: Mick informs me it is a Sauvignon but it must be an early one as it doesn't resemble the later Sauvignons; the difference from Chadonnay appears to be the handy balanced XLR outputs. Over and above that standard spec, key capacitors have been replaced with Rike Audio and Dueland silver foil caps.

5 x RCA in, tape loop, 2x RCA and 1x XLR out. Gain switches on rear (5-position) and top to alter both gain and tone.

Fabulous condition except for split in power button which I would replace if keeping: it's rock solid, a cosmetic issue only, mentioned for completeness. Any weird "scratches" or whatever in the photos are simply tricks of the light on the stainless steel chassis.

IMHO this is the best looking tube pre out there by some margin - and it sounds as good as it looks. These amps have a stellar reputation and new ones have a waiting list of months. Mick is a revered one-man band.

Resident tubes are

  • original 6SN7 (Electro-Harmonix) x2
  • new JJ KT66 x2
  • JJ GZ34 in the PSU.

All are well within spec. I will also provide a new JJ GZ34 and the original fit Sovtek 6L6WCG x2.

I have a factory-matched boxed and unused pair of Psvane CV-181 which retail for £199. These are NOT included in the asking price but can be included at £150 - I seek £175 if sold separately but won't shift these until the pre has gone so the pre purchaser has priority.

Comes with original "manual" (typed sheet, hand-drawn schematic, a couple of errors!), umbilical and remote.

Temperamental original (and cheap and tacky) remote replaced with an equally simple but far lovelier one; all working nicely.

As you might expect, I would strongly prefer collection rather than shipping but it got here from Germany safely so we can probably find a way at your cost and risk.

 
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delirio

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Great preamp!!

i had it years ago when it first came out,amd also the second generation of the Cortese.

I think i still have a Bendix 5852 and metal base Philips GZ34 somewhere that i used as rectifier,with great results.

If I was not moving,i wouldnt mind to try it again

GLWTS

 
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rabski

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I think you might need at the very least a bag of damsels. Probably not in distress either.

 

TheFlash

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Can you remind me what all the switches and back pot are for please?
  • The 5-way pot on the back is for gain, though I can only hear a difference in volume between stops 1 and 2
  • 2-way toggle between domes is mute
  • Pair of 3-way toggles between KT66 and 6SN7 are also gain - they alter the tone slightly too as they're in a different place in the chain
  • Front right toggle is tape monitor on/off

I attach the comprehensive "user manual" in next post!

 
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TheFlash

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Hi. The name's Sauvignon; Supratek Sauvignon. I'm cool, I'm stylish, I'm kinda retro...

... and I'm still here. Still gorgeous. Still waiting for you.

Still £1950 or offers - I-can't-refuse offers, let-me-think-about-that offers, insulting offers.

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