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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.


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Edited by MAXXX
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Mentioned in description, but I'll highlight it again...This version was US $1697, (without optional phono input and remote) .

Volume is motorized, I believe that universal remote can operate it, never tried...I'll try it this weekend and let you know.

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This is an absolute bargain! I so wish I had the money to spend on it. Going to make someone very happy!

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