JOULE ELECTRA LAP-150 MK1 ALL TUBE PREAMP (Has Built In Joule OPS-1 MM/MC PHONO PREAMP) - USED - $1,995 FIRM plus shipping
I have freshly reconditioned/repaired this all tube ONE owner preamp. It started off life as a LA-100MKII approximately 20 years ago and was upgraded by Joule-Electra to the Russian tube based LA-150MK1 line stage (uses 2 6C45 and one 6H30 tubes) in late 2002. It has built in its original Joule OPS-1 MM/MC tube phono preamp next to the line stage in the main chassis and the bulk of the power supply is in the external cage like chassis. To make sure this preamp was good to go for many more years, I replaced a most all of the power supply filter capacitors (except certain select original Nichicon units which are in great shape), repaired a flaky/bad circuit board trace in the power supply, and replaced 8 of the 13 tubes with new and NOS tubes. Then all functions of this preamp were thoroughly checked to be sure the preamp and phono stage are working properly and all factory adjustments have been set to Joule's original factory specs. When new, this was about a $5,000 preamp and the LA-150 line stage upgrade was about $1,000. Our asking price for this wonderful piece which is complete with remote, box, a couple spare (OA2) tubes, and manual is $1,995 firm plus shipping.
These are wonderful full function preamps that have a smooth, musical character/tone, wonderful soundstaging and a pretty sweet all tube MM/MC phono preamp. Its only weak point is that in MC gain mode it does not work well with rather low output moving coil cartridges (around .3mV or less) and can be subject to RFI/EMI from nearby amps/DACs if they are not well shielded designs (on the shelf immediate above or below the main chassis). Cosmetic condition is really very good considering the preamps age - I think a 7/10 is a conservative rating. You will not be able to find this combination of features in a new tube preamp at anywhere near this price.
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