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RE: Would these monoblocs be really that good?

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


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