I have for sale a Conrad Johnson premier 3 vacuum tube preamplifier with a built in phono stage. This was a state of the art preamp when it was built and it received excellent reviews in many audio magazines. It was rated a Stereophile class A product for a number of years and it was voted the best sounding preamp of the decade by Absolute sound in the 10th anniversary issue. You can go to Conrad Johnson's website and go to the vintage section for more information about this preamp.
The preamp has all the features you would expect of a full featured preamp…phono, tuner, aux, tape 1 and tape 2, it also has 4 standard AC outlets on the back for plugging in equipment…2 are switched and 2 are unswitched. The preamp has gold plated RCA connections and factory installed van dan hul wiring. The preamp is extremely well built and has a quality touch to all the controls.
Operationally, all the functions work fine and the preamp sounds great. The unit has that rich tube sound that is very musical. The preamp has very high quality (new old stock) GE and Tungsram tubes in it, with about 100 hours on the tubes. So, it will be years before a re-tube will be needed. This preamp started life as a 240 volt unit from the factory and it still has the London Airfreight stickers on the box from the dealer. Because it originally was a 240 volt unit the 120 volt AC outlets on the back of the preamp were not hooked up at the factory. So, the AC power connections on the back of the unit currently do not operate but could easily be hooked up by a technician or knowledgeable audiogon buyer of the unit. When the original owner moved to the USA and had the unit professionally converted to 120 volts he choose to leave the AC outlets as they were, mostly for sonic benefits of not have having additional AC noise in the preamp.
Cosmetically, the preamp is in overall excellent condition. The faceplate, handles and controls are all very clean and in mint condition. The outer black chassis has some minor light scratch’s on the top of the unit and some small imperfections on the side. I would still rate the chassis as excellent based on its age. I took a picture of the inside of the unit so you could see how clean it is inside.
I have the original Conrad Johnson box and packing material to ship the unit in and I will carefully double box the preamp for shipment. The buyer will pay shipping costs based on a 35 pound shipping weight fully insured. NO INTERNATIONAL SALES, Continental USA sales only.
For payment, I accept paypal. I will recommend that you use paypal “echeck option” which is only $5 and saves you alot of money. It’s pretty easy to use the echeck payment option and I can forward instructions if needed. When using paypals echeck option the funds take 3 days to clear but will save you about $40 over using paypal instant payment method of 3%. I will cover the $5 cost of using echeck.
If you have any questions about this Conrad Johnson premier 3 please email me. Thanks,