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Old 04-11-2020, 03:06 AM
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If you decide you you need to go with the QS preamp let me know. May have an opening in my system for an SLP-98 and don't care about color.
A buddy now has a month on the new Quicksilver Linestage preamp. Absolutely loves it paired with new QS Mid Monos. Smaller footprint he needed, and works really well with his 97db speakers. He's put the larger higher $ higher power Margules tube amp and preamp up for sale now. As a result, a colleague just ordered the QS Linestage and the Mono 60s too. While I'm keeping the 98, happy for them both. Mono 120s are sweet.

Sitting here listening to the QS Mono 120s now with plenty of burn-in on the amps, vintage Mullard input tubes, caps, paired with Analysis Plus Crystal interconnects, wow. Larger and deeper soundstage now than I ever had with any of my Cary or Inspire amps. Plenty of top end, robust bottom end, midrange is very nice, very smooth and musical. Can listen for ten hours and never get fatigued. Hearing things in old familiar 70s tracks I've never heard before. Nice surprise.

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Old 04-20-2020, 04:04 PM
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I wanted to ask those who have the Line Stage Preamp: Have you done any mods or tweaks to it? Power cord/Fuse?etc?

Just curious as I have one and really like it (my first piece of tube gear) and wonder what others may be doing.
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:25 PM
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Heheh. Thanks FYB2! Yeah, its funny I sold my two former Cary amps and both buyers wanted the 98. I just can't seem to part with it. Outboard transformer, two pre-outs, excellent volume upgrade, nice remote control, super nice 6SN7s, Jensen Oil caps, its super hard to beat sound wise and esthetically. The QS pre is nice to try, but I love 6SN7s so it will likely be my last tube pre for a long time.
They come up every once in a while 2nd hand, in fact I may know of one a buddy has, I'll ask him too and send you a msg if he wants to part with it, he has 2 of them.
Cary called yesterday let me know they just took in an almost new SLP-98P on trade and offered a deal I could live with. Supposed to arrive on Sat p.m. Will post pic's in the Cary forum. Like you, am a 6SN7 fan.
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:38 PM
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Cary called yesterday let me know they just took in an almost new SLP-98P on trade and offered a deal I could live with. Supposed to arrive on Sat p.m. Will post pic's in the Cary forum. Like you, am a 6SN7 fan.
"Sweet" Little Preamp - SLP!

Congrats. Sure like mine. It's been mated very well with my current Quicksilver Mono 120 amps, former Cary V12R amp, and former Cary SA-200.2 solid state amp.

Like the huge outboard transformer too. In addition to updated coupling caps, you can change the soundstage / tone / texture with vintage, or re-issue, or new production specialty 6SN7 tubes. +remote control and DUAL Pre-Outs, it's kinda hard to beat for the sound quality. Enjoy.
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:37 PM
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PSVANE small signal tubes in QS amplifiers and preamplifiers -

Just for grins - rolled out my best vintage mid 1960s Mullard Blackburn tubes and replaced them with some of the latest versions of the PSVANE 12AU7-T MKII and 12AT7-T MKII psuedo Treasure version small signal and driver tubes.

At first thought they would just be good for general playing when I wanted to save my vintage tubes. Now I can't seem to go back to the great vintage Mullard Blackburn tube and stay there. Back to the PSVANE again and staying there after 80-100hrs burn in. After 100hrs there is an added 3rd order harmonic and overall nice tone that presents itself in the QS amps.

A little more gain, slightly fuller and more present midrange, and a wee bit of added texture and detail I never would have expected against the Mullards these replaced are true NOS+ triode matched tubes, tested on a really good curve tracer test unit. Definitely a top level challenger on both counts. Go figure...like what I'm hearing, brings the QS mono amps to another level in my rig. Way better than any of the stock JJ or EI tubes were too edgy and dry in comparison. FYI, YMMV.


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