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Re: Paramour Upgrade Path?

Yeah, I did mention the possibility. I actually worked out 118 different upgrades for the Paramour while I was working on the circuit...

The main problem is development time and effort. To make a product out of an idea is a lot of work - developing a layout, prototyping, re-doing the above until it actually sounds good, writing the manual (major effort!!), sourcing the parts, etc... So any real (supported) product has to be so mainstream that it will sell enough copies to recoup the investment of time and effort.

Now I think there is a good potential for the 300B version of a Paramour. It would use the PGP8.1 power transformer, and add probably $100 to $150 to the cost, plus tubes - there are no really cheap 300Bs that I know of. I'll see if I can get a prototype made up in the next few months so we can find out if the iron, and driver stage, is adequate. It won't be an 8-watt amp, probably more like 6 watts (due to the constraints of inexpensive iron). I haven't talked to Doc about it much yet, because the RIAA preamp seems to be the next product, hopefully by the end of the year. I have a couple ideas that might speed development of the 300B Paramour, which I will talk to Dac about in the next couple weeks.

The other upgrade path is better audio iron - output transformers and plate chokes. I will play with at least one variation pretty soon, and let you all know how it works out. But first I have to get some power transformers for myself - the first experimental batch sold out so fast I only got a couple prototypes, of which one has too much B+ and the other has too little - not exactly a stereo pair!

The goal has always been to make it upgradeable to any of the other Bottlehead amps, and these intermediate upgrades will hopefully fit in with that.

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