Like so many of us, I am a Stereophile on a tight budget. Most of the tube amps that I've found online are way out of my budget of lack any third party reviews. None are previewable. Does anyone have any suggestions/remarks on stereo tube amplifiers in the $100-$300 range? Old or new (preferably new). I've even seen some build-it-yourself kits that I wouldn't opposed to trying. I realize this is very specific and most people won't have much to offer me, but for those that do I greatly appreciate your help.
That's a pretty tight budget for a new tube amp. The only thing I can think of would be one of the Chinese imports and that's even tough given the funds you have to spend.
You might check Audiogon for a used unit or put off your purchase while you save a little more money.
Does anyone have any suggestions/remarks on stereo tube amplifiers in the $100-$300 range?
Unless you can find a stock Dyna Stereo 70 at that price, save your money. Tube power amplifiers live or die with their transformers. Quality transformers are not cheap.
Yeah that's about what I thought. I suppose I'll just have to save up, I just wish I wasn't so eager.
You obviously have not attended a Catholic school.
The only thing I know in that price range is the ASL
Wave-8. They are tube mono blocks that are no longer made, but you could get a used pair for under $300. They use a 6BM8 tube in a simple circuit. These will give you a taste of tubes for a small outlay of cash. If you can go $400 you can get a Yaqin MC 10L from Canada. It's very well built for the money, and uses the EL34 in a push pull circuit. It's a hard amp to beat for the money and Song is the most excellent person to deal with. It's just a thought.