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Posted on July 25, 2020 at 18:53:02
GEO
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RE134 Linestage. It's awesome.

 

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RE: New Toy, posted on July 26, 2020 at 03:19:54
Stephen R
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Looks like one of Paul's builds.

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 26, 2020 at 06:41:10
GEO
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Yes. Got it on Friday. It's excellent!

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 26, 2020 at 15:16:15
Tre'
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With your three stage power amp and your efficient speakers I wouldn't think you need a line stage.

Tre'
Have Fun and Enjoy the Music
"Still Working the Problem"

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 26, 2020 at 15:37:15
GEO
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Probably don't "need" it but I prefer it.

 

Best tube ever made, posted on July 27, 2020 at 11:11:46
Gordon Rankin
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Gang,

By far the most enjoyable tube I ever worked with is the RE134. I have used it in amps and in preamps both always sounded great.

Have about a dozen left of those tubes, probably do something cool soon.

Maybe a headphone amp!

Thanks,
Gordon
J. Gordon Rankin

 

RE: Best tube ever made, posted on July 27, 2020 at 11:22:58
GEO
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I am very very happy with the results. I have had a lot of linestages. This amp and preamp are here to stay. BTW, is the Valvo L413 a direct replacement or is it a slightly different tube? I have one.

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 27, 2020 at 15:09:04
91derlust
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Yep. Been following his nice work. He's willing to help others too.

"Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems to characterise our age." Albert Einstein

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:13:38
Jim D.
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Beautiful! I think I'd prefer some more retro looking knobs on front to match the look FWIW.

I think folks often overlook the importance of a linestage. It has a huge effect on the overall system balance and has to have good synergy with the amp you like. It took me years to settle on a 4P1L transformer coupled preamp but it is now the backbone of my system.

Jim

 

RE: New Toy, posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:20:47
GEO
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Thanks. I was going to use the same knobs on my amp but they were out of stock. Maybe down the road but I didn't want to wait and wasn't sure how long restocking would take with Covid. I actually like the look of the knobs on the preamp in hindsight.

 

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