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  1. Item: Audio Research VSi60 Integrated Valve Amplifier Location: Melbourne 3127 Price: $3000 Item Condition: 9.5/10 (good as new, no reason for knocking off 0.5!) Reason for selling: Surplus to requirements (gone solid state this time) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash; Paypal to long-established SNA members Extra Info: Beautiful sounding and reasonably powerful integrated valve amp from the hugely respected Audio Research stable. Purchased in Feb 2016 and with no more than 60 hours on the valves (KT-120). In original box with remote and power chord. This is a relist from a year back - too disorganized to relist it back then. I have reused the same pictures - it has not changed condition in that time (lived in box, just removed recently for a last listen before parting with it). I can demo to serious buyers, including at your place if not too far away. Pictures:
  2. It's a big, heavy & very breakable object - even with the original box it does not seem a good thing to trust to the ravages of interstate shipping! I guess I should be braver and more optmistic & trusting!
  3. Established members paying with Paypal I have no problem, but in the past I have had approaches from recently-joined members keen to pay by Paypal and collect in person. Paypal seller protection only applies if delivered by courier - in person collection has no protection, and the buyer can dispute the transaction after driving off with the goods and Paypal will generally favour the buyer in that case. I'd generally prefer Paypal to a wad of notes, but not when it brings too much risk.
  4. Item: Audio Research VSi60 Integrated Valve Amplifier Location: Melbourne, 3127 - local pickup only Price: $3800 $3400 or reasonable offer (RRP $8495) Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: Upgraded/sidegraded for convenience Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: Audio Research and the VSi60 model require little introduction from me - lovely sounding (reasonably neutral but still with some of the valve warmth) and reasonably powerful integrated valve amp from one of the leading valve amp manufactuers. I bought this new from Carlton Audio-Video in Feb/March 2016. It is still in as-new condition, with just tens of hours (50-60ish) on the valves. It has the original valve complement - 4 x Tungsol KT120 and 2 x Sovtek 6H30. I switched to a solid-state amp not for a sound upgrade but for convenience - I got tired of switching the speakers to the HT receiver when we wanted to watch a movie (this amp has no HT bypass and I don't have a dedicated hifi area, sadly). So I paid for my dedication to valves :-( but I don't regret it - I always wanted to own ARC equipment! I still have the box, remote, power cord & manual. At this stage I am offering local pickup only, no shipping. Based on some past experience, I am also unlikely to engage with SNAers with little/no history, especially those wanting to pay by Paypal. Open to offers, but will ignore crazy lowballers! Can demo to anyone genuinely interested; I'd also be happy to bring it to demo on your equipment if you're within reasonable range of 3127 - always happy to hear new amp/speaker combos! Thanks for looking. Pictures:
  5. I'd also recommend the Hegel H360, wonderful amp. I have had it head to head with an Audio Research VSi60 (valve amp) and was surprised by how much more I liked the Hegel, being an old school valve guy at heart. The AR is very good, but the Hegel has the edge across the board and particularly in the area of bass control which my compromised room really needs. Bass that used to be bloomy now is amazingly tight given the room and modest speakers (Epos M16i, stop-gap that are slated for upgrade but really are reasonably decent).
  6. They are Golden Dragon EL34, this set was from http://www.pmcomponents.co.uk/goldendragontubes.htm Golden Dragon is a rebadging of Shuguang as far as I can tell. The original valve set was from Golden Dragon, so I stuck with them.
  7. 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. Pictures:
  8. Item: Audio Research VSi60 integrated valve amplifier Location: Melbourne 3127; local pickup only at this stage Price: $3800 or reasonable offer ($8495 retail) Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: Need more versatility Payment Method: Paypal Extra Info: Relisting - I let the trail go cold after I first listed this, time to move it on now. The ARC brand and the VSi60 don't need much introduction from me here! I bought this new from Carlton Audio Video in March 2016 or thereabouts. You'll find many highly positive reviews of this online. It does not have an hours counter, but I'd estimate I've put no more than 50 hours on the valves. It has the original valve complement: 4 x Tungsol KT120 and 2 x Sovtek 6H30. This model is still current in the ARC range, retailing at $8495 on the CAV site. The bigger brother VSi75 (KT150 valves) retails at $13495, so did not replace the VSi60 in the ARC range. The ARC VSi60 is perhaps not the prettiest-looking valve amp you ever saw (it still glows nicely in a darker room), but it sings beautifully! It has plenty of oomph to drive trickier speakers, but I've had it on an easy reasonably efficient speaker load. It has the lovely ARC valve sound - reasonably neutral while still displaying some classical valve wamth. I am not replacing it for better sound (I don't think it can be beaten by much at this price point) - instead I need an amp that can also do some HT duties, and I have tired of swapping speaker cables around to listen to music again! I still have the box, and of course include the remote, power cord, manual. Happy to demo to genuinely interested buyers. Aside: Eagle-eyed viewers may noticed that I have futzed with the serial number using Photoshop (paranoid type) Pictures:
  9. Item: Schiit Audio Bifrost Multibit DAC Location: Melbourne Price: 600 (RRP 979) Item Condition: As new, just 6 months old Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: I bought this from Addicted to Audio in Kew a little over 6 months ago. I've been very happy with it, but having nabbed a Gungnir here recently the Bifrost is no longer in use. Plenty of reviews available. I still have the box, power cable etc - if shipping I will overbox it for additional protection. Pictures: (I can take more if anyone needs them)
  10. Item: Apogee Centaur Minor hybrid ribbon speakers Location: Melbourne, Eastern suburbs Price: $400 negotiable Item Condition: Used, some cosmetic damage, woofers a bit tired (see below) Reason for selling: Format not suited to current home Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: These are ages old and are offered "as is". They'd suit anyone who would like to hear the beautiful ribbon midrange sound while understanding that the bass was never the best. Anyone into reconditioning old speakers, or perhaps reusing the ribbon assembly in a DIY custom arrangement, too. Apogees need little introduction. These are the Centaur Minors, which were the baby in the range. They are a hybrid: ribbon for midrange and up, single conventional driver for bass. That made them easier to drive, but they are nevertheless quite low sensitivity and need a bit of grunt/current to drive them. Their strength was always a super-sweet midrange, especially for the likes of female vocal, jazz, acoustic guitar etc. They were never best suited to rock, especially with a weak amp - with a strong amp they were not bad but deep powerful bass was not their strongest suit. I used a 50W class A tube amp with them, and they sung beautifully. They like to be out in the room a bit, not too close to a wall (around 1m minimum). The ribbons play both directions, and like a not-too-damped surface behind them. I bought these new way back in the early 1990s. They're still in working order but please note: - About 10 years ago one of the bass drivers came a little unglued around the periphery - fixed with some glue and didn't sound too much worse off for it. I have not checked their condition since, removing the grilles is not easy! They don't sound loose, but I think they are also off their peak. Would be good to try with a sub, perhaps. - Just last year I managed to scorch the mdf covering in one area in front of a fireplace :-( See pictures - the ribbons still sound pretty sweet, but could do to be tensioned etc. As I say, suits the inquiring mind or enthusiast but they are not end game speakers any more! Come with spikes and some floor protection disks. I still have the boxes (!) but local pickup only - not light. Pictures:
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