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Old 12-03-2019, 03:47 AM
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The Elekit sounds interesting. Looks like a lot of fun in building your own tube preamp. What SS amp are you going to match it with?
Kenwood (Trio) L-07M monoblocks that were recently refurbished with new caps, IEC plug & speaker terminals. http://www.thevintageknob.org/kenwood-L-07M.html
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You guys are getting me very interested in the Luxman CL-38.

It seems like the SE version was limited in stock.

Anybody know if there is big difference between the Luxman CL-38uSE and the Luxman CL38-uC that is now available.
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The SE has oil capacitors and closer matches on the tubes.

The SEs are hard to find but occasionally surface on the used market.

I have not compared both models side by side but imagine there might be a slight difference in sound between both models.
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I would check w/John at Audio/ Video Therapy in Nashua NH. He still has a CL38U-SE still sitting around. I've had mine for 2 years and you really have to spend a lot more to beat this preamp. Plus the phono is all tube and excellent.
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Swapping out the coupling caps to whatever flavor of boutique caps (am pleased with the Mundorf EVO SGs in my preamp) lights your fire and rolling in better tubes are both easily accomplished.
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