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Old 11-21-2020, 09:03 AM
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I like my tube pre and solid state amp as well.

The maintenance of tube amps is not something that excites me. Perhaps someday I’ll give it a shot, but for now, I prefer the easy path to tubes with it as the preamp.
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:46 PM
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Having had solid state systems for nearly fifty years of listening, I bought my first tube amp earlier this year. I really think a lot depends on subjective preferences. But, although there are some things SS generally does better, I have to say, for pure musical pleasure of just listening to the music and being happy, *I LOVE TUBES*. (Line Magnetic 34 integrated, 12AX7, 12AU7 pair, 4 EL34s, and a quad of KT77's on the way.)
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I have heard and lived with $200 tube amps for years with great satisfaction. I could not live with any budget solid state...


Thank you for the beautifully expressed sentiment in the first post. I'm sure you agree that the OP will not really go back to SS in the Summer

On the second quote--this is interesting to me. I bought my tubes when I fell in love with the sound and feeling, but assumed I was paying a premium price versus a comparable SS. It had not occurred to me that a budget tube amp was possible.
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Thank you for the beautifully expressed sentiment in the first post. I'm sure you agree that the OP will not really go back to SS in the Summer

On the second quote--this is interesting to me. I bought my tubes when I fell in love with the sound and feeling, but assumed I was paying a premium price versus a comparable SS. It had not occurred to me that a budget tube amp was possible.
Yes, there were a few "budget" friendly, good sounding tube preamps and amps to be purchased. I am going back nearly 20 years now of course. These guys may still be around, not sure and of course the prices have doubled since then but when was the last time you saw prices like this? http://www.divertech.com/aslwaveav20dt.htm
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