McIntosh MC30 Tube Amplifiers
For sale, my totally rebuilt and restored MC30 amplifiers. These were
rebuilt by "Mr. MC30" Joe Auwen. The restore included over 1000 dollars
in Sonic Craft Platinum capacitors and resistors. Unfortunately, this
was a custom job by Joe and I do not have a list of all the upgraded /
updated caps. Some of the caps used are no longer made / no longer
available. I have taken extensive photos of the inside of each unit. I'm
limited to the number of photos on here. However I have uploaded
almost 50 high resolution photos to a Google drive that I can share with
These amplifiers have been powering a pair of updated and hot-roded
Klipsch Chorus IIs in my dedicated listening room. The tube combination
I've found is just pure sonic bliss. The sound stage is huge and the mid
range is just so syrupy sweet. Really is the "holy grail" of imaging
for me. Unfortunately I must sell these due to shifting life priories.
I would rate the condition on these as a very high 7 or low 8 on the
Audiogon scale. The chrome is very nice, with only a little bit of
pitting starting on the rear panel of one amplifier.
Note on the pictures - Its very hard to take good photos that show these
beauties properly due to the chrome reflections. I've tried my best to
capture many angles of the outside and inside.
Unfortunately, the amplifiers are not consecutive serial numbers. (Their only drawback IMO)
I have found an absolute magical tube combination for these two units. Here is a tube list of what is currently in the amp.
Power Tubes: GEC KT66 Clear Tops - (These were purchased from Upscale
Audio as a matched quad. I still have the original boxes. They will be
12AX7 Tubes - Telefunken Smooth Gray Plates. (Awesome 3D Sonics!!)
12AU7 Tubes - Amperex 12AU7 Bugle Boys
12BH7 Tubes - Black Plate RCAs.
5U4GB Rectifier Tubes - RCA Black Plate tall bottles.
Now, the KT66 tubes are special here. They are worth over 600 by
themselves, probably more. They give the top end and mid range their
magic, IMO. Definitely an upgrade over the usual "go to" GE gray plate
6L6s. Your mileage may very. Some speakers like different tubes to sound
So I will do the following.
Looking for 4600 for the amps, with the current tube lineup. If you do
not want the KT66 power tubes, I will consider lower prices WITHOUT the KT66s. All the
other tubes will be included at any price.
Lets talk about shipping. I would love a local pickup. A demonstration
of the amplifiers in my listening room can be arranged, and I know that
they will leave safely with the new owners. I would really REALLY hate
to ship these. I'm just afraid they will become damaged. Because of
this, I am willing to drive a significant distance to meet or to deliver
these amplifiers with my asking price. Lets say a 250 mile radius of
Cedar Rapids, IA. This would include Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas
City, and St Louis. I'm even open to going further and would be happy
to work out the details with you.
I would love to chat with interested people. These are special units.
Several folks have said they are the best MC30s they have ever heard. I
want to make sure the new owners will be very happy with them and
willing to work on delivering them.
These are for sale locally and on various other audio forums. So this ad may come down at anytime.
Thank you for checking out my ad.