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In Reply to: RE: Has anyone modded a pair of Fi 2A3 monos? posted by Cpwill on July 02, 2017 at 14:50:46
Oh please! Don was a practical man (some say that even slightly more than thrifty...) and used cheap, good sounding components.
The only thing is, why would you like to turn every amp you have into an Audio Note surrogate with tantalum resistors , AN Pio couplers and AN electrolytic caps ?
In fact, I have only modified 2 amps, an AN Conqueror Silver and a Donald North Audio headphone amp., the Stratus. In both cases, I communicated with the mfrs. Strangely AN waved me off, saying the sound would become "unbalanced", but I did it anyway. Yes, the AN sound almost completely disappeared and what I heard was a more immediate presence of the vocals and instruments and a better fit for my non-AN high-efficiency speakers. With the Stratus, I was guided by the mfr. as to what to try, and the major improvements were a darker background on an already very quiet amp, cleaner, tighter bass and a suburb top end.
I am not planning to modify the Fi monos, for the reasons everyone has given. But I will say that Don was an experimentalist. He did change some components in some of his offerings when it sounded right to him and also told me a little bit about some changes on the 2A3s that didn't sound right.
Actually , my suggestion was to modify Fi, but maybe try different components. But, if you like AN parts, go with it. I really don't think Don would mind if you changed a cap or resistor. My mention of Don as a practical man was related to him using what he had on hand rather than particular "philosophy". I say , mod it to your heart content. It will always be a FI amp .
Best Regards, W
So, he was a practical man that produced creative, artisnal solutions... at a reasonable cost.
"Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems to characterise our age." Albert Einstein
I completely agree with you. When I first talked to Don about his choice of components, he responded kindly but unequivocally that he chose items solely in service of the music. Yes, he was after great sound, but the music came first, second and third.
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