Item: Michaelson Audio Odysseus Integrated 45W Class A valve amplifier Location: Melbourne, 3127 Price: $1000 $750 Item Condition: Pretty darn old, but operational and still sounds good Reason for selling: Not in use Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:
[Relisted after initial EOI, dropped price by $250 which should cover most of two quad set of matched EL34 to replace the tired but still working set]
It's raining valve amps today! I can guarantee you won't find another of these elsewhere!
I'm selling my first-born - first real hifi amp, that is! I bought this new in 1991, for around 1000 pounds. I have replaced the valves a few times, but the current output set are around 9 years old (couple of hundred actual hours of use). The output set are Golden Dragon EL34.
Michaelson Audio was an experimental offshoot of Musical Fidelity (Anthony Michaelson is still at Musical Fidelity today). They produced limited runs of 3 or 4 valve amp models, this was the smallest. Reading the limited material via Google today, owners had varied mileage but this one was certainly a peach. I did treat it very well. It has 8 EL-34 output valves, 45W class A (runs really hot).
Art Deco styling - I really like it, even all these years later!
It sounded beautiful back in the day - wonderful warm old-school valve sound. It still is in working order today (last tried out 2 months ago) but has been sitting idle for several years. I ran it with a pair of Apogee Centaur Minor hybrids - inefficient speakers but it could drive them plenty loud enough, but beyond 12pm on volume dial was too much!
It still sounds good, but no doubt can be improved with a fresh valve set, re-capping, etc. I'm offering this as a fixer-upper to an enthusiast who knows what they're doing. There are a few oxidation points around screws, signs of heat (but not too bad given how much this pours out), valves are old, the volume pot is a tad scratch and the linkage oxidixed, and the cdrom input does not work (just use any of the others). It does not have a phone stage, but does have power for one. I'd suggest for a sale I can demo it operational and beyond that no guarantees.
240V model. The design is also self-biasing, so tube rolling is easy.