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help me choose a pre amp

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Perhaps jumplng the gun, but im a whisker to owning a pair of 2a3 SET mono blocks. Now whats missing is a pre amp, I have only a pre out on my headamp.

The last pre i owned was a Naim 52 many years ago. So i realy need advice and direction.

I dont need a phono stage so just line level. 

Idealy valves for no reason that I like them :)

Speakers are Aspara HL1 105db

Budget, unsure but at this stage £1k

Cheers Phil

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this chap has been trying to sell this for at least a year , its been on the site at least 3 times . nice pre amp , he may take an offer perhaps 

https://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/moreinfo.php?prod_title=Modwright_Instruments_SWL_9.0_Signature_Edition&p=preamplifier&prod_id=79220&offset=

others can advise too if will match

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If you can stretch your budget a bit emporium have an SJS Arcadia at £1500 .....fantastic preamp and one you will never loose money on 

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This forum is going to cost me ££

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Top quality design, components and build quality, plus if ever there is an issue Simon is around to sort it etc....buy an SJS amp with confidence.

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A little more within budget, this looks a really intriguing pre-amp. I don’t have specific knowledge on it but it seems as though it could be very transparent - photocell volume control! - which might marry well in a high sensitivity system 

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12 minutes ago, lostwin said:

A little more within budget, this looks a really intriguing pre-amp. I don’t have specific knowledge on it but it seems as though it could be very transparent - photocell volume control! - which might marry well in a high sensitivity system 

The guy said he wanted tubes lol ...  that is why i didn't suggest he looks at the Hafler DH101 preamp on ebay for about £140 which is seriously great value for money

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2 hours ago, fled said:

Sjs appears to be well regarded here? 

Legendary is the word , folks hang on to them . No remote though . 

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i thought I read sjs went out of business and sold off their pres for 999, so 1500 for a used is not great

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Not a chance , sjs is highly sought after. They are active on forums and have new models which have very big fans . He is still upgrading old models. A 1.7 sold recently and another chap got the new pre amp recently. Look up sjs resuscitated on Google   

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Lovely amps ,...spoke to simon in munich and at Bristol show this year,.... top man who really knows his stuff.

they really are quality and always updated and repairable.....

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14 minutes ago, stevebrown said:

i thought I read sjs went out of business and sold off their pres for 999, so 1500 for a used is not great

Nope.

Simon stopped making them for a while to concentrate on other stuff, but the business never stopped and there is now a new version. I can't remember who, but I'm pretty sure someone on the Wam has one of the latest ones.

I don't think I've ever seen one for less than around the £1500 mark. Having owned one, I can totally understand why, as well.

Apart from the fact that they are sonically right up in la-la land, the significant plus is that Simon has a reputation for looking after people. He'd also be able to advise about suitability, though I'd be extremely surprised if there was any issue.

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