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Marantz 8B with Bob Hovland Mods?

I am considering buying a Marantz 8B. However, I have a choice between two different units with significant differences.

The first is electronically original (except for replacement of the selenium rectifier and two bypass capacitors) and includes tube adapters to allow use of 6AU6s in place of the 6BH6s for a somewhat more open soundstage (at least that's how it sounds to me).

The other 8B has been modified electronically by Bob Hovland so that the 6BH6s are replaced by 6HK5s or 6HA6s (triodes vs pentodes). I have not been able to find anything about this modification. I also have not auditioned this one yet to ascertain the difference. I do know that Bob Hovland is a respected audio engineer.

My primary question is whether the Hovland modifications decrease the resale value of the 8B.

The unit that is stock and comes with the adapters to allow use of 6AU6s has no physical modifications so using the adapters would never hurt the resale value.

Unfortunately, I can only afford one of them.

Any experience with units with the Hovland mods and thoughts on their effect on resale value?

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Topic - Marantz 8B with Bob Hovland Mods? - AA6U 21:29:57 05/23/20 (31)


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