For sale is the latest, Mk
III, version of the David Gill Alana preamp.
It is in excellent condition both operationally and cosmetically, and
has two optional upgrades over the standard unit.
First is the high
quality remote volume control circuit. It incorporates a microprocessor
controlled series/shunt attenuation circuit. This circuit provides 84 dB of
attenuation in 1 dB steps with independent left and right channels (allows
Second are the
two pairs of XLR inputs and one pair of XLR outputs. While not a truly balanced preamp, these
allow using cables with XLR connections from input devices or to output
devices. I do have a pair of Cardas XLR
to RCA converters that I will include so you can use cables with RCA connectors
on the Alana’s XLR connections.
If paying with PayPal, please add 3%.
From 6 Moons:
In short, the
Alana is the most musically satisfying and emotionally gripping preamp that
I've yet heard. It delves deeply into the micro-detail and harmonic fabric of
every voice and instrument yet never sounds analytical, hyped or artificial. It
carries the frequency spectrum from the lowest bass to the treble stratosphere
with grace, finesse, purity and clarity. Put simply, it brings out the heart
and soul of the music without ever intruding upon it. While there are preamps a
touch more dynamic and with more features, they are either pricier or sonically
compromised to still not deliver the music in as natural and beguiling a
manner as the Alana. If you're thinking that I'm enamored with this preamp,
you're absolutely correct. It's not leaving my home.
The Alana has
many design features that help it achieve the sound. The high-voltage power
supply is a choke-loaded design using a large Lundahl choke. In addition, each
tube section is individually decoupled using only propylene capacitors for the
final stages. The two 6DJ8/6299s are used for the gain section (one per
channel) and the 6FQ7 is used for the output drive section. As noted, all
components are first rate and selected for their performance.