Belles Research - Gala Sound - Soundwave Symphony 1 (David Belles) Preamp – Original Owner - USA
This is my Belles Research Corporation solid state preamplifier (design by David Belles), later of OCM Technology (Magnum Dynalab) and currently of Power Modules. This great neutral sounding preamp is Made in the USA, hand built near Rochester, NY. I purchased this new at Gala Sound in Rochester, NY and still have my original receipt. It was marketed under Soundwave with James Gala at Gala Sound in Rochester, NY. Jim was the designer of the well regarded Soundwave Soliloquy Loudspeakers and did a lot of co-marketing and had design inputs with David Belles. As with many of David’s amp/preamp products, this is another brilliant, extremely well built, straightforward design. This one used an external power supply. It’s also ideal for those Vinyl lovers out there looking for a preamp without the need for a separate phono pre-amp and still need support for MC/MM cartridges since the dip switches can be changed to support them. I have the original dip switch diagram from David. I originally used this with a Thorens turntable and MM/MC cartridges. I originally bought the Belles pre-amp to match with my Belles Research Soundwave Symphony 4 MOSFET Amplifier just sold on Audiogon. Please see my feedback from that amazing Belles Amp. This was orignally setup for 220V when I lived in Europe but I had David convert it back later to US voltage. Obviously I have a lot of history and care for my audio components. I conservatively rated this a 7, but it's closer to an 8 - just a couple marks on top shown in the pictures, but works perfect. Plenty of RCA inputs as you can see from the back. A great preamp for a silly price.
The pre-amp comes with the original box and packing materials - (I save everything). Even included is the original Belles Research warranty card (expired of course) for historical completeness. This will be double boxed to protect the original and ensure its safety. This is a really nice high quality audiophile piece for a tiny price. If paying by Paypal, please add 3.5%. Any questions, please just e-mail. Thank you for looking.