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Old 03-13-2014, 11:39 PM
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Yes, I just heard back from him. He said he doesn't like the 6H30 tube that came with his amp. He said it was "soft and unclear". Then he said he went through a half a dozen 6922 variants before he settled on a Telefunken E88CC. He says he's running a Philips 5R4GYS rectifier tube. I sent him a link of this thread, maybe he'll join in the fun.

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Hope so. There's only a few of us evident, though more out there for sure. This thread, I'm thinking just three of us. Did I overlook someone? Joe Ling, you and me.... so far Though Joe didn't sound to happy last he posted. You out there Joe?

I just got some shots of my completed preamp. And, guess what, if you haven't seen it yet.... without further ado.. ehemm -



I guessed it! Here's my new preamp and, I believe, your new amp, playing together in Dennis' living room. Are we related now? 2nd cousins one amp removed, or something like that?

Ok, enough. Here's the best shot of my finished preamp. Will have it next week.



Here's the amp I all ready have:



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Old 03-14-2014, 12:54 AM
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Hello, looks like we are all on the waiting list... I have ordered a racing green 6v6. Looks like your bright blue one was picked up from the powder coater at the same time. Dennis is starting on my amp tomorrow. Love how individual and unique each of these amps are.
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Hello, looks like we are all on the waiting list... I have ordered a racing green 6v6. Looks like your bright blue one was picked up from the powder coater at the same time. Dennis is starting on my amp tomorrow. Love how individual and unique each of these amps are.
Hello Simonatsea, welcome! So you are the one getting the green amp. I did see a photo of that when Dennis sent me one of my first pics of the blue chassis. I told Dennis the green looked really cool too. Yeah, the blue is a little brighter than the midnight blue on my Cary preamp, but it should match close enough. Dennis also told me of how much he loves the 6V6 tube, in fact he was using them while running in my KT88'er. He suggested that I try the 6V6 tube in my amp when I get a chance. He says it is a bit sweeter, while the KT88 is a bit more dynamic.

Besides the color options, tube rolling is the other thing that makes these amps so fun to play with. I haven't even received it yet, and I'm already thinking about KT88's, KT150's, 6V6's, 6SL7's, 6SN7's, not to mention the variety of rectifier tubes. Dennis says I'll need a 5Y3 rectifier to run the 6V6 tubes.

Peter, thanks for posting that pic! Yeah, Dennis sent it to me too, and I had to laugh. Dennis didn't talk about ETA, but I'm hoping that it comes in next week. I'm certainly waiting with bated breath. I told him I was drooling all over my keyboard.

That preamp looks pretty big, bigger even than the amp. How many inputs does it have? I really only use 3 inputs on my Cary. The red looks very cool too. I liked it sitting next to my amp too. I told Dennis that when he's done with his phono stage, I may order a red preamp like yours and a white phono stage, so that I have a red, white and blue rig!

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Old 03-14-2014, 11:44 AM
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Welcome Simonatsea! Our ranks are growing!

Perhaps a glimpse of your 6V6 chassis!



John... My guess is your amp will ship the same time as my pre (today) since they both seem to be ready.

As far as inputs on the LP-2, there are three positions on the selector, though five jacks on the back. My guess is three in and two out. I didn't ask as I only need two in and one out (streamer and CD go through the DAC with one connection to the pre plus connection from the phono pre).



So, red/white/blue equipment, eh? They are made in the USA afterall! But you will have to keep them in order: pre, phono, amp. If you did amp, phono, pre, everyone would think they were made in France!
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So, red/white/blue equipment, eh? They are made in the USA afterall! But you will have to keep them in order: pre, phono, amp. If you did amp, phono, pre, everyone would think they were made in France!
DAMMIT!!! I didn't think this through well enough!! I don't want to be French!!!

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Dennis is burning my amp in with KT88's and his personal favorites, 6V6's. The 6V6 put out 5-7 watts and require a 5Y3 regulator tube. Dennis says the 6V6 is a bit sweeter sounding, the KT88's a bit more dynamic. Oh well, just something else to play with......
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Very nice! That black faceplate really works with the blue and you chose it, I assume, to go with your SLP98.

That rectifier is an awesome looking tube. It's what I'm running in mine.

By the way, Dennis tells me that SLP stands for "Special Linestage Preamplifier", not "Sweet Little Preamp" as I read around the net. He's calling the LP-2 "Line Preamplifier".
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Hey John...... get a fedex tracking number today? Just got mine!


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Hey John...... get a fedex tracking number today? Just got mine!


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Cool! Any delivery date yet? I haven't received any information yet from Dennis. I think I still owe him money for the color options. I sent him an e-mail asking about it, but I haven't received any response yet. He usually doesn't reply until very late at night, 12 AM or later EST.

Here is a quote from his latest e-mail, previously he had been talking of experimenting with new rf parts that he was thinking of using from his radio hobby:

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Holy moly .... I had some tricks up my sleeve for you but, but , I had no idea how extraordinary some of my RF parts along with .. well just a box of parts!!!!! LOL I have the new mighty Inspire "Fire-Bottle" KT88 playing in m,y home listening room. I sent another email to the powder coater to commit for a separate box of the blue powder just for my account. Also ordered another batch of the special output transformers I had wound for these new offerings. Amazing. In fact a bit scary ..... the presentation has the hair on my arms standing !!!
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Blue looks pretty stunning! I went with the 6V6 on Dennis's advice, he informed me that KT88's would run perfectly as well. Interesting though as you've got some added hardware under the hood as well as larger transformers. Looking forward to seeing my finished product, the Lil Racing green 6V6 is being built today! Peter, I believe we might have chatted on another forum, you have a bit of a collection of SE amps, Bottlehead, APPJ, Inspire, correct? just guessing as I am sure there are not too many Red KT150 inspire amps around.
Looking forward to having something to make my Zu audio Soul Superfly's sing.... They have been pretty hard to amp match to this point....
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