Great American Sound (GAS) Thaliapreamp. All new electrolytic caps! Ready for yearsGreat American Sound (GAS) Thalia preamp. All new electrolytic caps! Ready for years of trouble free operation. In nice condition for it's age.Priced reduced to $300. If it doesn't sell here it's going to "the other place" that we dare not name LOL. Re-listing this once more before going to the other auction place where there is currentl...300.00

Great American Sound (GAS) Thalia preamp. All new electrolytic caps! Ready for years of trouble free operation. In nice condition for it's age. [Expired]


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Priced reduced to $300. If it doesn't sell here it's going to "the other place" that we dare not name LOL. Re-listing this once more before going to the other auction place where there is currently one of these with an asking price of $999! Here's a rare GAS Thalia preamp from the massive collection. This one has just had all of the electrolytic caps replaced so it should be good for many trouble free years. I will include the old caps if the buyer wants them, please advise that you want the old caps otherwise they will not be included. I decided to leave the ancient opamp (MC1458P) that is in the phono stage alone, the new owner can listen to it as it was designed, or they could drop in a newer, low noise audiophile opamp and enjoy the improved sound. The opamp is in a socket so it's a simple matter of removing the old one and plugging in the new one. Please be sure you know what you are doing if you are going to attempt to upgrade the opamp. You have to use a dual 8-pin DIP opamp that is specified as a replacement for the MC1458P. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of decent replacement options available online. The unit is in very good cosmetic condition considering it's age. All of the silkscreen is fully intact and not faded. A few minor nicks on the unit here and there but nothing that is revolting. It's conservatively rated at 7 for cosmetics. Functionally it works just like a new one would. It's interesting to note that the Thalia inherited much of the DNA from the higher GAS models. For example, the volume, bass, and treble controls are made of precision discrete resistors, not potentiometers like other preamps in it's price range at the time. Today, getting a preamp made with precision discrete resistors will set you back big bucks. Anyway, you just don't see the GAS equipment for sale very often anymore, and that is either because there aren't many survivors left or the owners are hanging onto them because they are great pieces of gear. There is a company (Bettinger Audio Design I think) that specializes in complete rebuilds with updated circuitry for these... it is not inexpensive however! The upgrade/restoration for the Thalia will cost you nearly twice as much as the asking price. Personally I would leave it the way it is and simply drop in a better opamp. The unit sounds very nice the way it is. I do not have the box or manual for this but I will pack it very well and there are some sources on the web where you can get some information about it. Unit will be shipped (lower 48 states only) insured via FedEx ground at the posted price for shipping. If it is less I will refund the difference, if it is more I will cover it. If you have been looking for a GAS preamp in good condition, you just found it. Also, since it has just been recapped you should get years of trouble free service from it. I guarantee it as described but there are no guarantees beyond that. Check my feedback and buy with confidence. Prompt payment expected and appreciated. Thanks for looking and good luck.
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