Superb well regarded and reviewed preamp. Just a few months ago, Cary gave it a check up, replaced worn parts, and the gave it the $1600 "Ultimate Upgrade" which resulted in a significant improvement in sound quality.
See description of pre and upgrade: https://www.caryaudio.com/2017/08/01/the-slp-05-ultimate-upgrade/
See rave reviews: https://www.stereophile.com/tubepreamps/906cary/index.html
Comes with first rate premium tubes worth roughly $700: NOS CBS Hytron 5692 for the balanced sockets (best of the bunch, fantastic 6sn7 equivalent), 4 Psvane UK-6sn7s for the single ended sockets, 2 Electro-Harmonix Gold 6sn7s for the head phone stage, and NOS Mullard rectifier. CBS and Mullard have about 250 hours on them, the E-H less than 50, and the Psvane about 750.
Balance dials l/r have been taken out of the circuit to improve sq, but as a result no longer function.
I rated this 7/10 based on Audiogon ciriteria. However, the only marks, scratches, blemishes I could find are on the right side of the power supply (pictured). I never noticed the small chips in the paint until I gave the thing the once over for sale.
Pre, power supply, and tubes will be shipped in 3 separate well protected boxes.