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Item Condition: Very Good - Recently Serviced
Shipping Options: Shipping is available at agreed cost.
Suburb or Town: Brisbane
State: Queensland
Payment Method: Paypal, EFT
Reason for selling: NLR

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Here is a very solid performer for class A amplifier power. Built in 1997, it is an original model built by a single fellow in South Africa who still builds high-end integrateds, power amps, and phono stages under the brand 'ValveAudio'. This particular model is rated at 200W class A. I have driven 86db British vintage monitors with ease and excellent bass control and clear sound. Has a quad 6DJ8 tube compliment in the preamp stage. 

 

Full disclaimer, this amp is not quiet enough for my ~100db 15" DIY speakers. There is a low frequency hum that I hear when music is not playing. With the aforementioned British monitors this is as you would expect, much less noticeable unless you have ear near the driver and no music playing. For those interested, have moved to 2.6W tube amp for the high-efficiency speakers and couldn't be happier to be running on flea watts!

 

Would not describe as a tubey sound but the hybrid design seems to compliment the bass control of Class A power with the openness associated with tubes. Overall, not an amplifier that appears frequently. I was not provided with a manual (only a review from an audiophile mag!) but had it serviced this year to get the all-OK electrical check. A new matched quad of JJ tubes is included in the price. 

 

Some reviews online:

 

 

More recent version - http://www.tonepublications.com/review/valve-audio-predator-integrated-amplifier/

 

And - https://www.innerearmag.com/reviews/amplifiers/valve_predator.shtml

 

Finally - http://www.enjoythemusic.com/montreal2006/gold/part2/page2.htm

 

Is also very well-regarded over on www.avforums.co.za , worth a look if interested in more info and opinions 👍


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These are legendary back in their homeland and for good reason. Well known for routinely delivering significantly more power than their rated power  

 

I'll let the designer know where No. 5 is doing the rounds - he likes to keep track.  :)

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1 hour ago, Atjan said:

These are legendary back in their homeland and for good reason. Well known for routinely delivering significantly more power than their rated power  

 

I'll let the designer know where No. 5 is doing the rounds - he likes to keep track.  :)

Very cool, thanks. 
 

I had one correspondence with Schalk and he was quite surprised to hear that one had made its way to Australia. Glad to hear he is still around :) 

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8 hours ago, crtexcnndrm99 said:

Very cool, thanks. 
 

I had one correspondence with Schalk and he was quite surprised to hear that one had made its way to Australia. Glad to hear he is still around :) 

He certainly is areal legend. Schalk started out as a tech in the same shop in Johannesburg where other audio legends like Tim de Paravinci of EAR worked. Schalk can confirm, but I think they were there at the same time. 

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Schalk is a master of everything valve, he builds his amps with the care of Jeff Rowland.

Between him and John Topham another guru from the far country, I was never afraid to take a gamble on a fried Audio Research or monster Conrad Johnson and saw many brought back to life in their care! This amp will outlast the purchaser and probably their children, buy with confidence!

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2 hours ago, happydoomer said:

May I ask what amp you moved onto, cheers Ben 

Of course, although it may not be as helpful as you had wished. 
 

switched to a flea watttube amp because I finished my DIY very high-efficiency speakers. So different situation, different purpose spurred the change in amp :) 

 

Cheers, 

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