The vintage Marantz Model 7T Solid State Stereo Preamplifier was released in 1966 to much fanfare. Marantz had deliberately withheld its entry into solid state products until their engineers could develop methods of solid state applications that could match the performance and dependability of their famed tube 7 preamp. The Model 7T delivered unequalled specifications for low noise and low distortion with the widest dynamic ranges of its time. The 7T found itself notably used in the homes of Saul Marantz & Louis Armstrong.
This Marantz 7T is great looking with its classic silver aluminum face and knobs and beautiful wood case. The engraved face plate is stunning. Looking inside (see pictures), one sees the precise hand wiring of the selected components and transistors that made the 7T a significant piece of Marantz history.
This preamp has had one owner and has been kept in safe storage since 1991. It is missing one cover on the front switches.
The resale prices of the Marantz tube Model 7 along with other vintage tube preamps have dramatically climbed. So, the vintage Model 7T is a more affordable solid state option, offering comparable sound and the same Marantz extraordinary build quality.