I'm finally doing it.
I thought I would keep these for life, but retirement and condo living
has changed things and I'm drastically simplifying. For the right
person, this package is a dream. Once and done. Preamplifier, amplifier, lots of
tubes, Herbies tube dampers, socket savers, interconnects for preamp to
amp, and ceramic art! See photos for everything and linked pdf
for tubes and accessories included.
I obsessively tried more tube combinations than I care to count! From
expensive vintage to premium current production. I settled on my
favorites and am including enough backups for this combination to last
many years. I am also including a variety of other tube types to sample
including some highly regarded varieties.
To obtain everything included today, it would cost over $5100. That's $2000 for the amp, $1300 for the preamp, and $1850 for the tubes and accessories included.
I will sell the whole shootin' match for $2600 plus shipping. I'll
pick up paypal fees (~$80). I have them available for demo and/or pickup in
Bellingham WA. Shipping is three boxes: LP-2 (16" x 13" x 12", 7 lbs), KT150 (16" x 13" x 12", 19 lbs), and Tubes, etc. (16" x 13" x 11", 9 lbs). Please open this pdf for a list and details of tubes and accessories. Preamplifier
Inspire LP-2 hand built by Dennis in 2014. One of a kind color he
did for me: Jaguar Carnival Red. That is the same paint he used on some
Cary amps. Three inputs, two outputs. It has $300 upgrade for a DACT
stepped attenuator. Custom metal knobs.
Inspire KT-150 single ended pentode in the same Jaguar Carnival Red.
Will output between 5 and 12 wpc depending on tubes chosen. You can
run any of dozens of power tubes and signal tubes. Sent back to Dennis
in 2016 and had $350 upgrade, which included:
- New Infinite Impedance Power Supply circuit (the reason the rectifier tube type is less important)
- Dual auto bias supply (no biasing required - even unmatched tubes will run with correct bias and preserve imaging)
- New Jantzen silver coupling caps
Condition is excellent (very good if strictly using audiogon criteria). The only flaw is a small bare spot where paint came off one corner of one of the transformers (see photo). I hadn't noticed it until I
took photos. It is on the back side of the amp. Sound is beyond excellent!
I started the years long original thread on Audio Aficionado in 2013. They now have a section for Dennis' work: https://www.audioaficionado.org/forumdisplay.php?f=184
I would love to demo them if you are interested in buying them and in the Northwest Washington (Bellingham) area. And I'm happy to answer any questions as best as I can.
Photos: The first one is with the tubes I settled on for the best
sound to my ears (see the pdf for all the details). The others have
some different tubes.