Time to clean the shelves....
Luxman C-800f Control Preamplifier in excellent condition (9/10) with box and manual. This is one of the best solid state preamps out there. Stereophile Recommended Class A Component.
Positive Feedback wrote:
"The C-800f, like the M-800A, is great at extracting and conveying musical meaning. Tone is warm and sweet and timbre is tube-like; different instruments reveal more variation and less sameness."
Kahl Audio had this to say:
"The price of excellence is never cheap. But the Luxman C-800f breaks that mold. Its $19,000 MSRP is not small change but neither does it cost anywhere near $30,000 like the darTZeel NHB-18 preamp or the $26,000 Accuphase C-2810 preamp, both, which the Luxman rivals in terms of sound quality. In terms of built quality, the Luxman is a textbook piece. Every square inch is so precisely cut and put together you really cannot find any fault with it. The closest rival would be the Accuphase where it shares the same built objective but takes a back seat in terms of design.
"Sonically, this preamp floored us with its transparency, resolution and precision. It was smoother sounding than the Accuphase and warmer than the darTZeel. Vocals in particular flourish with the Luxman. Imaging was holographic and dimensional. Accuphase and darTZeel was equally impressive so at this stage, it really boils down to personal preferences – do you like the “old school” look of the Accuphase, the unique darTZeel or the “modernistic” look of the Luxman. All three will bring you to the edge of greatness but the Luxman will do it with much less money."