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In Reply to: RE: Would these monoblocs be really that good? posted by lakerfan on February 13, 2017 at 17:46:45
I agree with you about the Hirata Tango 'sound', particularly with an interstage transformer - truly remarkable. They do seem impossible to find, anywhere outside of Japan. As a result, few have been able to hear, or even see, an example.
Wavac has their high end, Shishido base product, but they use(d) later Iso Tango transformers, and I have heard comments on less than ideal component choices (commercial product). Not sure they can compare with a carefully put together, custom built product.
Certainly true about the tubes and power choices. Unfortunately I think much of the special order Tango transformers created for amps were for the Japanese market, so finding anything other than 100v could be quite challenging. ottoman_vintage frequently has offerings like this, many times with more 'standard' tubes (but with less power). See http://www.ebay.com/itm/351937792130?rmvSB=true
I guess just the positives and negatives with possibly the best tube amp you will every hear or own. Hard to gauge if you have not heard one.
regards -- Roger
Ya , I don't know where this seller get his stuff, but he seems to have real good amps all the time. Well, they do look good from his description . I was considering at one time on getting one of his 2A3 amps (more affordable) but just couldn't click on "Buy it Now" ... I might still consider a 300B from him one day. I got the Paraglows for now for the 2A3. I'm dying to hear a really well made SET on my Edgarhorns Titan from this guy. Maybe one day I'll click on that "Buy it Now" when my wife is not looking.
I have been following his site for about 3 years. Saw some really stunning stuff in there which motivated me to want to try SET, and particularly Shishido SET (Tango with interstage) - Fine Arts brand has a lovely look to my eye (all business). Strange opportunity cropped up on US Audio Mart right then - guy selling a full, special order Tango transformer set for a Shishido build (120V power xformer) for a song. Jumped on that, built the amp up, and have never looked back. Just a pleasure to listen to every day, and I am still often caught-off guard by the musicality and clarity of the sound.
I realize that music sounds different to everyone, and thus the different offerings for amps and styles. The Shishido, to me, is pure music. A couple of reviews of the WAVAC 805 on the web - take a look at what they think. Not to plant the seed too deep....
regards -- Roger
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