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  1. Suddenly, it was all over. Gone was the company, the intensity, and the adventure. Unplugged gear, music still playing to a deaf DAC, a pile of dishes, and the odd can to recycle. A wet tractor seat, and futile attempts to focus on feeding a bunch of swarming hungry beasts up the hill silently yelling 'hey what happened to this global warming thing'. (Icy wind and rain). Back to earth. I'd been chatting to Anthony for quite a while, so when he mentioned he had one of his Five-Zero-Zero amps ready to send to a client overseas, and would I like to hear it first, what could I say? It was still engaged in its 'soak-in' period, so it could only enhance the amp's performance by coming down and showing its first footsteps to an equally innocent speaker nut in the southern wilderness? So it turned into a GTG, sadly limited mainly to the 5 people that the 'message' service would allow. I hope not too many others missed the grapevine (sorry). Anthony turned up with his very classy chauffeur 😉 on Saturday evening; we survived a bit of my cooking, and got into some fairly serious chat before crashing. This morning we slowly recovered from my overt lack of ostentation, and carefully man-ouvered the this mighty declaration of human achievement into my salubrious listening space. I admit total exhaustion, after having spent the last few days bulldozing and re-ordering 25 years of junk and treasures to gain a stunning further 22". We had space, in The Barn. So there it was - my Idealish Server running Snakeoil OS, controlled by my 2nd mITX (Win 10) computer, both on Uptone JS-2 LPSUs, feeding via Curious Cable to the Gieseler Konverter DAC/preamp. Balanced cables then took the goodies to the Holton 500 power amp, and on to my SBAcoustics/Audio Technology/ScanSpeakBe 4-way speakers. Also some input from an Oppo disc player, and some 16/44.1 stuff via optical from the control computer. The rest is history. Maybe others could join in with impressions of the experience. @soundbyte, @deblur, @henning, @jasonphilip, @Aussieamps I'm all a bit overwhelmed. And not just by Anthony's very kind words about my speakers. Feeble thoughts flashed by... "oh, but you could just leave it here, and I'll post it on", etc. All a bit like having your child arrested in a foreign country... Dreadful feelings of loss, seeing it lovingly wrapped up and driven off into the stormy night. And the company too. It's been a very rich few years, connecting with you SNA guys, following all the joys and tragedies of life. My ears are forever addicted. That's my amp review for you (for now). Thanks to you all, and an especially huge one for Anthony. A beautiful crystallization of decades of achievement there! Sorry you couldn't make it, @Upfront and @davewantsmoore.
  2. Item: Yamaha AS-1000 integrated amp, silver Location: Hobart, Tas Price: $750 Item Condition: Very good 8/10 for age Reason for selling: Surplus to requirements Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased off SNA in October 2013 for $900. Freight was a bit over $100 to Tas at the time. It has been in storage for 1 year. The year before that I was using it as a pre-amp whilst waiting for my Cymer pre to be built. So it hasn't seen much work lately. I cannot make out any scratches or marks on the unit so it is in really good condition. However the remote has a hairline scratch (see pics) about 1 cm long. Great sounding amp that hasn't missed a beat. Nice MC phono stage. Many reviews on-line. As it weighs 22Kg I will give preference to a local sale. I still have the box (although some of the polystyrene is broken I can package well) so post is an option if I can't get a local buyer. Retail I believe was $2500 back in the day. Thanks for looking. Pictures:
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