Here is your chance to own a rarity on Audiogon: the acclaimed Messenger Mk III all tube Reference Preamp with phonostage at a great price.
Here is but one review of the Messenger Reference Tube Preamp - a three Time Winner of the coveted CES award, "Best Sound at Show,” as well as the Absolute Sound's Editor’s Choice Award and Golden Ear Award:
For the people who own the Messenger Mk I/ Mk II here is a chance to get the MK III without the high cost, hassle, and wait time associated with sending your preamp in for an upgrade.
On top of that, this is the first one the designer built, so it's voiced perfectly (not to say the others are not, but extra care and attention were put into getting the sound just right on this one, so the production models could be based off of it.)
Of course, the next question is how much of an improvement over the Mk II is it? Well, when I purchased the Mk II it was like nothing I had ever heard before; it was warm and open, created a huge, transparent soundstage, deep, articulate bass, and upper octave extension that went far beyond the limitations of the human ear (my cat assures me that the upper frequencies are amazing.)
With the above description, you would think the Messenger is an analytical sounding preamp. In reality, it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the Messenger is the most life-like preamp I have ever heard.
When I purchased the Mk III and put it in my system, my first reaction was that it sounded like the Mk II, but on steroids. Everything I loved about the Messenger was there, but with more detail, a greater sense of musical coherence, extension, and tonal accuracy.
At the same time, the Mk III also sounded like a complete redesign of the original, which I can only attribute to the redesign in the circuitry, upgraded components, and the change in tubes.
In the end, regardless of the source, the Mk III presented music that always sounded live, and never once like a recording.
The Messenger Mk III is without a doubt the finest preamp in production today (regardless the price of the competition).
My heartache is your gain, as I have to sell this work of art at a ridiculously low price due to my financial situation.