Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
GeoffRoberts

FS: Croft RIAA Valve Phono Stage

Recommended Posts

Item: Croft Acoustics RIAA MM Valve Phono Stage

Location: Sydney

Price: $790

Item Condition: as new

Reason for selling: Upgrade

Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only

Extra Info:

 

I've really enjoyed this phono stage. The sound is lovely and natural, with a really nice percussiveness. Croft have a really strong following in the UK, they don't do much marketing, but word of mouth is strong. They are had wired in the UK, and high quality.

 

I bought it new about 2.5 years ago. It has been in my rack since then, and I can't see any obvious blemishes on it, it works perfectly.

 

This is a MM phono stage, I've used it with MC cartridges with a step up transformer, which worked really nicely. It really responds to different valves, so you can really taylor it to your ear. The tube rollers will enjoy this one.

 

I will supply with the original JJ valves, which have very low hours. I used them for the first couple of weeks to get a taste for the sound, then put some old stock valves in. The RCA valves pictured are not included.

 

31cf673f5a47f9af293169a386dd87ad.jpg

 

28ff7e51c4e0d7bef0b7e2f79c778e84.jpg

 

e7bc37010703c46c94a2965982d0aaec.jpg

 

cc8c458357d7ea52da495202957dba02.jpg

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cant seem to find much info on the unit.  Is the unit quiet? hum?  also, what type of tubes does it take, subsitutes?

 

thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cant seem to find much info on the unit.  Is the unit quiet? hum?  also, what type of tubes does it take, subsitutes?
 
thanks


I’ve found it very quiet, no issues with hum.

It takes two 12AX7 / ECC83 / 7025 tubes, (different names for the same type). I’m not aware of any substitute, but there are many different brands of 12AX7 tubes available, and I have found that swapping them gives a big difference to the sound. This tube was made in the UK, USA, Europe, and even Australia and probably other places. They’re still widely in production too, with some very high quality modern tubes.

When I originally bought it I relied on information from UK forums, as well as reviews for other Croft products, which were always very positive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Porkbuns69 said:

Cant seem to find much info on the unit.  Is the unit quiet? hum?  also, what type of tubes does it take, subsitutes?

http://www.croftacoustics.co.uk/RIAA.html  You can email the website, I've found they can take a few days to get back to you, but do reply.

I have a Croft preamp (1980's), and don't have complaints about the MC phono in it.  I would expect this phono stage to be quite good.

Glenn puts JJ tubes in his amps, there have been forum topics where people have tube-rolled.  I've got Mullard in my pre (the previous owner put it in).

Hope this helps.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Spider27
      Item: 115 x Hip Hop 12" Records in one lot
      Location: VIC 3030
      Price: $500 + Postage
      Item Condition: GOOD
      Reason for selling: NLR
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or Post with PayPal Friends or Bank Transfer
      Extra Info:
       
      2 Pac - Do For Love, Amaru Records, 01241-42504-1, G+/VG
      2 Pac - Do For Love, Amaru Records, 01241-42504-1, G+/VG
      2 Pac - Do For Love, Amaru Records, 01241-42504-1, G+/VG
      A tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again, Jive Records, JIVE T399, VG/VG
      A Tribe Called Quest - Check the Rhime, Jive Records, 01241-42010-1, VG+/VG+
      A Tribe Called Quest - Find a Way, Jive Records, 0518980, NM/NM
      A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We've Got), Jive, 01241-42035-1, NM/NM
      A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (Remixes), Jive, Jive R 355, NM/NM
      A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God, Jive, Jive R 355, NM/NM
      A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario, Jive Records, JIVE T302, VG+/VG+
      Afu-Ra - Bigacts Littleacts (featuring GZA), Koch Records, KOC-SI-8263, VG+/VG+
      Afu-Ra - Body of the Life Force (2 LP Sets), Koch Records, D1111, VG+/VG+
      Afu-Ra - Whirlwind Thru Cities, Gee Street, 63881-33544-1, VG+/VG+
      AZ - Doe or Die, EMI, Y 58398, VG+/VG+
      AZ - Sugar Hill, EMI, Y 58407 RE1, VG+/VG+
       
      Babyface featuring Toni Braxton - Give U My Heart, LaFace Records, 73008-24029-1, VG/VG
      Big L - Flamboyant, Rawkus, RWK-228, VG+/VG+
      Big Punisher - I'm Not a Player, RCA, 07863 64909-1, NM/NM
      Black Sheep - Flavor of the Mouth, Mercury, 868 317-1, G+/VG
      Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours, Mercury, 866 087-1, NM/NM
      Brand Numbian - Word is Bond, Elektra, 0-66191, VG+/VG+
      Chubb Rock - Lost In The Storm, Select Records, 8-66386, NM/NM
      Common - Reminding Me (of Sef), Relativity, 88561-1627-1, NM/NM
      Common - The Light/ The 6th Sense, MCA, MCST 40237/155779-1, VG+/VG+
      Common Sense - Soul By The Pound, Relativity, 88561-1183-1, VG+/VG+
      Craig Mack - Flava in Ya Ear (Remix), Bad Boy Records, 78612-79010-1, VG+/VG+
      Cypress Hill - The Phuncky Feel One, Columbia, 44 73924, G/VG+
       
      Da King & I - Tears (Remix), Rowdy Records, 75444-35028-1, NM/NM
      De La Soul  feat. Zhane - 4 More, Tommy Boy, TBV779, VG+/VG+
      De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), Tommy Boy, TB 965, VG+/VG+
      De La Soul - Stakes is High, Tommy Boy, 8122-74782-1, VG/VG
      Diamond - The Hiatus (12" Single), 314-574-731-1, VG+/VG+
      Dignified Soldiers - Themes, Dreams & Schemes, D.I.T.C. Records, DITC-167, VG+/VG+
      DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - SummerTime, BMG, 1442-1-J, NM/NM
      DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Summer Time, BMG, 1442-1-J, NM/NM
      EPMD - Crossover, Chaos Records, 42 74172, VG+/VG+
      EPMD - Rampage (Featuring LL COOL J), Polygram, 44 73705, JAP Press, NM/NM
      EPMD - So Wat Cha Sayin', Fresh Records, FRE-80132, VG/VG
      EPMD - So Wat Cha Sayin', Priority Records, PVL 53281, VG/VG
      Eric B. & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique, MCA, MCA-10594, NM/NM
      Erick Sermon - bomdigi, Rush, 314-577 197-1, VG/VG
      Erykah Badu - On & on, Universal, UNT 56117, VG+VG+
      Fat Joe - Watch The Sound, Relativity, 88561-1205-1. VG+/VG+
      Fugees (Refugee Camp) - Killing Me Softly, Columbia, COL 663146 6, NM/NM
      Fugees (Refugee Camp) - Ready Or Not, Columbia, 663596 6, NM/NM
      Fugees (Tranzlator Crew) - Nappy Heads, Columbia, 44 77431, NM/NM
      Funkdoobiest - Wopbabalubop, EPIC, 49 77174, VG+/VG+
       
      Gang Starr - Step in the Arena, Chrysalis, V23752 MR-011, JAP Press, G+/VG
      Grand Puba - 360' What Goes Around, Elektra, 0-66405, NM/MN
      Groove Theory - Tell Me, Epic, 49 78034, NM/NM
      Group Home - Supa Star, PayDay, 697-120 053-1, VG+/VG+
      House of Pain - Jump Around, Tommy Boy, 5046 76011-0, G+/VG
      House of Pain - Jump Around, Tommy Boy, 5046 76011-0, NM/NM
      Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean, PayDay Records, 697 120002-1, VG+/VG+
      Jigmastas - Till The Day, Beyond Real Records, BR 014, VG+/VG+
      Killer Mike - Akshon (Yeah!), Columbia, 44 79784, VG+/VG+
      KRS-ONE - Outta Here, Jive Records, 02141-42146-1, NM/NM
      Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing), Columbia, 665692 6, NM/NM
      Leaders of the New School - What's Next?, Elektra, 066309, VG/VG
      Lighter Shade of Brown - Hey D.J. (Motion Picture Soundtrack), Mercury, MR-054, VG/VG
      Lisette Melendez - Goody Goody, Lex Records, MR066, NM/NM
      Lords of The Underground - Funky Child, Pendulum Records, 0-66330, G/VG+
      Main Source - Peace is not the word to play, Wild Pitch Records, V-56229, VG+/VG+
      Mary J. Blige - Mary Jane (All Night Long), MCA, MCST 2088, NM/NM
      Method Man - I'll Be There For You, Def Jam, 422-851-879-1, G/VG+
      Mobb Deep - Survival of the Fittest, RCA, 64355-1, VG+/VG+
       
      NAS - One Love, Colubia, 4477673, VG+/VG+
      NAS - Street Dreams, Columbia, 44 78408, VG/VG
      NAS - The World Is Yours, Columbia, 44 77513, VG+/VG+
      Naughty by Nature - Craziest, Tommy Boy, TB670, NM/NM
      Naughty by Nature - Everything's Gonna Be Alright, Tommy Boy, TB 999, G/VG
      Naughty by Nature - Feels Good, TVT Records, TVT2344-0, VG+/VG+
      Naughty by Nature - Jamboree, Arista, 07822-13697-1, VG+/VG+
      Nice & Smooth - Hip Hop Junkies, Polygram, MR-031,JAP Press, VG+/NM
      Onyx - Throw Ya Gunz, Chaos Recordings, 4274766, VG/VG
      Pete Rock  - Tru Master, RCA, 07863-65568-1, NM/NM
      Pete Rock - Back on Da Block (DJ Krush RMX), Handcuts Records, HD-002, NM/NM
      Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Lots of Lovin, Elektra, 7559-66338-0, G+/VG
      Pete Rock & C.L.Smooth - I Got a Love, Elektra, 0-66196, NM/NM
      Pete Rock & C.L.Smooth - Take You There, Elektra, 0-66181, NM/NM
      Pete Rock & C.L.Smooth - They Reminisce Over You, Elektra, 7559-66445-0, G/VG
      Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Straighten It Out, Elektra, 0-66382, VG/VG
       
      Redman - Whateva Man, Def Jam, 314 574 027-1, NM/NM
      Redman/ Method Man - How High, Def Jam, 314 529 021-1/2/4, NM/NM
      Royce Da 5'9" - Boom/Soldier's Story, Game Recordings, GAM 2009-1, NM/NM
      RUN DMC - Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do, Profile Records, PRO-7400, NM/NM
      Sadat X - Hang Em High b/w Stages & Lights, RCA, 07863-64559-1, VG+/VG+
      Sadat X - the Lump Lump, Loud Records, 07863-64689-1, NM/NM
      Shadz of Lingo - Mad Flavaz, EMI, Y-56283, NM/NM
      Soul II Soul - Keep on Movin', Virgin, 791267-1, NM/NM
      Souls of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity, Jive Records, 0124-42158-1, VG+/VG+
      Street Poets - Skinz / Everyday Life, DBK Records, SP02, VG/VG+
      The Beatnuts - Hit Me With That b/w Get Funky, Relativity, 1232-1, NM/NM
      The Beatnuts - props Over Here, Relativity, 85561-1219-1, VG+/VG+
      The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize, Arista, 74321 46641 1, VG+/VG+
       
      The Pharcyde - Classic EP, Handcuts, HD 011, NM/NM
      The Pharcyde - Runnin' , Delicious Vinyl, DV8483, VG/VG
      The Pharcyde - Runnin' , Delicious Vinyl, DV8483, VG/VG
      The Pharcyde - Soul Flower, Handcuts, HD-010, VG+/VG+
      The Pharcyde - Soul Flower, Handcuts, HD-010, VG+/VG+
      The Pharcyde - Trust, Columbia, 1006 6, VG/VG
      The Roots - Distrortion To Static, DGC, DGC12-21934, NM/NM
      The Roots - Distrortion To Static, DGC, DGC12-21934, VG/VG
      The Roots - Silent Treatment, DGC, DGC12-22050, VG+/VG+
      TLC - Red Light Special, LaFace Records, 73008-24099-1, VG+/VG+
      twinz - eastside lb, G Funk Music, 14 577 793-1, VG/VG
      Warren G - This D.J, Violator, 53-237-1, NM/NM
      Warren G - This D.J, Violator, 53-237-1, NM/NM
      Wreckx-N-Effect - Rump Shaker, MCA, 12-54389, VG/VG
      Zhane - Hey Mr. D.J., Flavor Unit Records, MR-094, NM/NM
       
      [BONUS] 5 x Extra Records
       
      Ra Kim - The master (Full Length 2 x LP Sets), Universal Records, 314-542 082-1 
      Mountain Brothers - Self Volume 1 (Full Length 2 x LP Sets)  BMI, 
      The Firm - Firm Biz (NAS, Foxy Brown, AZ, Dawn Robinson), 
      Fat Joe - Bet Ya Man Can't, AM Records, 
      Big Punisher - Still Not a Player, RCA Records, 
       
      Total 115 singles 

      Photos: 





    • By Keza_punk
      Item: 2 x Kef q3 floorstanding loudspeakers 
      Location: Baulkham Hills Nsw 
      Price: 180
      Item Condition: Very good. Speakers are clean and well looked after.  All drivers works. Grills inluded.
      Reason for selling: I don't use them anymore.  
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash,
      Extra Info:
      Demo and inspections welcome. 
      Pick up only from Baulkham Hills Nsw or Bellevue Hill Nsw.
       
      Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.



    • By mashley
      Item: Atacama Duo 6i Speaker Stands - 600mm, black (1 pair)
      Location: Pickup from Potts Point or Wentworth Falls
      Price: $155.00
      Item Condition: As new, carefully looked after
      Reason for selling: Now surplus to needs
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal
      Extra Info: I have the original box and packaging (included in sale) so they could be posted at buyer's expense.
      https://www.atacama-audio.com.au/products/duo-6i-speaker-stands-black-pair-600mm
      Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.






    • By mwhouston
      Item:  DIY full range single driver speakers 
      Location: Langwarrin 3910
      Price: Price drop $520 (was $550)
      Item Condition: As new 10/10
      Reason for selling: more speaker projects to come
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, can deliver if in 40k radius. 
      Extra Info: Tall, slender and deep boxes with large port at the bottom. A single full range Mark Audio 12P in the boxes designed by Mark Audio. Well braced inside and dampened with bitumanised heavy Al foil and Dacron. No Xover, none needed. In my room they go down to 40hZ and treble is clean and extended. Metal grills held on magnetically. Quite sensitive at 92db work well with low power tube amps. See link for specs below. Not overly heavy. On carpet sliders. 
       
      http://retro-thermionic.blogspot.com/2018/08/voxuno-12p-with-markaudio-drivers.html
       
      https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/approx-8-fullrange/markaudio-alpair-12p-8-paper-cone-full-range/
       
       

      Photos: See below.


    • By Pops110
      Item: Meridian 506
      Location: Perth 
      Price: $650
      Item Condition: Very good, it doesn’t like scratched cds but performs flawlessly on all others.
      Reason for selling: Not getting much use.
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
      Extra Info:
       Sublime sounding cdp from the legends. I was amazed when I bought this at the level of improvement it made in my system. Very high end sound for very little money.
      This was going to be a keeper and I probably will regret this sale, but the reality is since I’ve got the Bluesound Vault this gets very little use. The vault doesn’t sound as good but the convenience of having all my music at my fingertips and the missus listening more means the vault wins 😞. Plus I have 2 other cdp’s.
      I will put the money into a new dac which I hope will improve things.
      Im after a local sale for this as I’m really not keen on posting it. It comes with the remote and generic power cable.

      Photos: 

×
×
  • Create New...