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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

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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.











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



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

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.

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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.


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