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  1. I'm confused. Are you referring to a Cornet 3 you owned? Surely if anyone introduced a different PS to the one supplied by the designer they would make a comparison to original. Otherwise one is simply assuming the new PS is better. Am I missing something here?
  2. Can you describe the difference in sound when you replaced the wall wart(?) with the Teddy Pardo LPS. Anyone know anything about SBooster linear power supplies?
  3. So I've taken the plunge and will trial the Trumpet MC at the end of this month. Can you explain how a linear Power Supply potentially makes a difference. My first thought is that if it were that simple Jim Hagerman would incorporate it into the design or offer it as an upgrade.
  4. Funny! I kinda knew that "driving" was the wrong word but was too deep into a great Pinot to Google something sensible. Enjoying the education so thank you for your patience and well crafted responses. As they say over here "this ain't your first rodeo" I guess I'm at the stage where the 30 day trial period may have to be exercised (worry face).
  5. Thank you for the info. Unfortunately this tech is above my pay grade! Couple of layman questions: Is this an effective way of driving these tubes? Anyone else doing this?
  6. It is not switching but rectification. To quote Jim "Heaters are DC and a highly specialized internal low-noise boost converter generates B+ and B- rails (after a 40-second delay)." Don't think anyone else is doing this.
  7. From my reading about Hagerman products Jim is an innovative designer who successfully breaks the "rules" Given the new Trumpet MC phono stage is based on his 2014 Trumpet Reference which spent many years in Stereophile's Class A Recommended components I trust his pedigree. The new Trumpet has a small digital power supply. My question is: can you point me to other successful tube amps that incorporate a small power supply? .
  8. Easy to say this, very difficult to challenge. Problem is who's to say what the original recording was supposed to sound like? I care more about whether to my ear it sounds right, I like it and my foot taps and I lose myself in the music. I try to find reviewers (ART Dudley for instance) who likes the same music as me and has similar likes and dislikes. So to rephrase: Can anyone tell me what they like or dislike about the Hagerman products?
  9. Wow! You've really got my attention! A quick look at Hagerman's credentials and he fits the bill perfectly. Love what I'm reading about how he designed the Trumpet MC. Can anyone give me a clue to the Hagerman sound?
  10. Has anyone here compared a Spratek phono stage to one from ModWright?
  11. Great recommendation for the separate power supply and I'm up for tube rolling. However I definitely would prefer an MC phono over MM. Both my carts (Benz L2 and VAS Nova Mono) are MC and I don't want an extra box in a SUT. Great recommendations everyone. Keep them coming. Comparisons with Supratek (in many ways my "benchmark") always welcome.
  12. I am considering the Supratek Pinot Phono only at $US 2,500 so let's put the ceiling at $US 3,000. Not afraid to spend less than this for the right kit!!!
  13. I'm hankering for a tube phono stage to replace my Linn Linto. Linn Akurate DSM is my preamp so I don't need a line stage. I have a VPI Scout TT with a Benz L2 wood-bodied cart and fully active Linn AV5140 (Espeks) driven by three Linn AV5105 power amps. Only need MC phono stage. Disappointed with MC phono card in DSM which is too clinical and flat. In comparison Linn Linto is a more "live" presentation with more air around the instruments and more breath in voices. Think I can get more from a tube phono stage? Weirdly I have a strong hankering to see the tubes and Linnies seem to
  14. I'm a Brit, living in SF, active in Linn and VPI forums with a hankering for a tube phono stage to replace my Linn Linto. Linn Akurate DSM is my preamp so I don't need a line stage. VPI Scout with a Benz L2 cart and fully active Linn AV5140 (Espeks) complete the picture. Only need MC. Disappointed with Mc phono card in DSM which is too clinical and flat. In comparison Linn Linto is a more "live" presentation with more air around the instruments and more breath in voices. Think I can get more from a tube phono stage? Weirdly I have a strong hankering to see the tub
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