Made by hand in the UK by Music First, this fine step up is probably most familiar to North American audiophiles as being made from the same OEM transformers, the Stevens and Billington Limited TX103, once used by Bent Audio to make its excellent step-up. It features copper-wound transformers. The 80 percent Nickel core used in this transformer is very likely the largest size ever applied to low-level transformers. Gain and loading are selectable from the front panel. There is a split, four-section primary winding that allows gain ratios of 1:5 (14dB gain), 1:10 (20dB gain), and 1:20 (26dB gain). Resistive loads are also variable, with 10, 20, 30, 40, and 80k ohms, and a custom setting is available. The gain levels and resistive loads are adjusted via big, chromed knobs attached to Swiss-made ELMA rotary contact switches. The Music First step-up comes in a brushed-aluminum case measuring 8.5"W x 3.5"H x 7.875"D. It retails for $2985.
I'd rate this "mint" except I've used it--and very lightly.
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