I am the original owner of this Canary CA-430 Tube phono preamplifier. I bought it in late 2011 to replace my Modwright phono preamp which is also an excellent phono stage. But I upgraded again and I can’t keep both. The CA-430 is great sounding unit and it is in MINT condition with less than 80 hours on it. I do not see any scratches- but I will grade it at 9/10 to be safe. It will be shipped in its original packaging.
Full description from Canary Audio Website:
The CA-430 employs an advanced circuitry and high quality components to provide the extra gain stage and RIAA equalization circuitry that are required for highly accurate and low-noise reproduction of the low level output of a phonograph cartridge. It also features an external power supply to avoid undesirable electro-magnetic interference with the line stage.
The CA-430 also offers input for both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges. MM Input Impedance is 47K ohms. The Moving Coil input impedance is user adjustable with impedance load of 100, 150, 200, 300, 400 and 600 ohms.
The power supply utilizing three selected vacuum tubes (1 x 5Y3, 1 x 6V6 and 1 x 6SL7) incorporated with a newly design circuit. The oversize power transformer is custom wound and double chokes are also used.
The tube line stage utilizing four 12AX7 vacuum tubes. Circuit highlights include the use of a total of eight pieces Hovland MusiCaps®. Swiss made ELMA rotary switches are being used as the input selector for MM / MC as well as the selector for six user adjustable MC input impedance loads.
Two chassis design with external power supply.
Switchable input for both moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges.
6-step user adjustable MC input impedance.
All tube circuitry.
High accuracy RIAA equalization
Thick steel chassis with powder coating finish.
Heavy duty CNC milled aluminum faceplates and solid aluminum knobs.
CA-430-L Tubes: 4 each (12AX7)
CA-430-P Tube : 1 each (5AY31, 6V61, 6SL7).
Gain at 1 KHz - MM Input: 42 dB
- MC Input: 63 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio - MM Input: 85 dB at 1 KHz, 2V output
- MC Input: 80 dB at 1 KHz 2V output
Power Consumption: 49 Watts
CA-430-L: 13" W x 9" D x 4.5" H
CA-430-P: 13" W x 12" D x 4.5"H
CA-430-L: 10 lbs
CA-430-P: 20 lbs