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  1. Further information: This preamp sounds great when used with turntable (MM only) and connected directly to power amp. It also can be used to soften signal from digital sources while going through valves. I tried using it as phone stage only connecting through to another preamp but found it had insufficient gain. This is consistent with reviews and there is plenty of info and suggestions on this forum how to have it modified to get the best performance. Beautiful worm sound very hard to beat in this price range. The unit on offer is in original condition with original tubes and nothing has been tempered with. Original box, cables and manual is also included. Local pickup is preferred but if you want it shipped it will be at your cost and you need to arrange your courier to have it collected. I will have is double boxed and secured for the journey. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  2. Item: Audio by Van Alstine Transcendence Eight + (Tube Preamplifier) Location: Perth (Kardinya) Price: $500 firm Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Excellent condition, no longer required. Local buyers are welcome to test it with their own power amp. (or one of mine, tube or solid sate...) "Selling direct, as AVA does, helps to keep prices down, but to extract good sound on a budget it is essential for the designer to put his ears into the design loop, critically evaluating component and circuit options, as there is only so much money you can throw at a given project. And this is something Frank Van Alstine has done for over 35 years, judging by the success of his numerous modifications of vintage gear. Extracting maximum bang for the buck is apparently a way of life at AVA. Frank tells me that his goal is to “build as high a quality and durable a piece as possible, while trying to keep prices in the range affordable by mortals.” Somehow he still manages to include gold-plated switch-contacts and jacks, precision controls, and power-supply regulation. Functionally, the Transcendence Eight (T8) is a mixture of old-fashioned and standard features and is intended to serve as a full-function preamplifier, rather than as a bare-bones linestage. In addition to the obligatory volume pot and input selector switch, there’s a balance control, mono-mode selector (useful for playback of single-channel sources and noisy FM stations), two tape loops, and a headphone jack. Three AC convenience outlets are located on the rear panel. built around a fast integrated chip configured as a unity-gain buffer, offering low output impedance and high current drive. This version was US $1697, (without optional phono input and remote) It is equipped with high performance 6CG8 vacuum tubes. 6922/6DG8 or 6N1P tubes can be used as direct substitutes. (last one was sold second hand on their web site for US$995). No original box, but it will be packed properly for safe transport. Postage for Australia $50. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
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