A very nice condition Harmon Kardon Citation I tube pre-amp.
Very nice looking face plate and chassis, clean, shiny face plate, screen print is all intact and clear. The chassis is mostly oxidation free. . Brown paint is in nice condition. Controls very clean and operational. I rate condition 7.5/10 "really" but considering vintage gear and it's nearly 50 years old I would personally rate it higher, maybe close to a 8.5 -9/10.
I tested all the functions that I could, save some of the phono functions for which I do not have a working 78 set up, but feel confident that everything is working. It looks all original inside, the coupling caps look to have been replaced, originals are typically Sprague black beauties, replacements look like TRWs. This is probably good news since they would be way past their life expectancy. The rest of the electronics look all stock original. Tubes look like a mix of original GE12AX7's. a Soviet 12A7 and two other unidentifiable 12AX7's.
It's rare to find a nice working Citation I in such nice cosmetic shape as this one. This pre-amp is extremely heavy with a power transformer as big as most "power amps." The Citation I has features and circuit designs that are just now becoming used wildly, though Stew Hegman designed it 50 years ago. The tone controls are stepped attenuators and when left on "0" they are taken out of the circuit. Contour switching allows cycles below 50Hz to be turned off when listening at low volumes, and it has every possible phono setting for listening to all types of records if you have a turn table. Arguably still one of the best phono stages you'll ever hear.
I feel I have a very fair price considering the shape and rarity of this unit.
This beast is very very heavy and I tend to over pack so figure at least 40lbs on shipping to your zip.
any questions please feel free to e-mail.