Up for your consideration is the Soulshine Pure preamplifier, the purist’s tube preamp with all the features of a sophisticated preamp in a slim, two piece package (separate power supply). If you are unfamiliar with VALVET the company, it’s been around for many years in northern Germany and the vision of Knut Cornils, designer and owner. More known for his solid-state, class A mono block amps, Knut decided to pair them with tubed preamp products. The "Pure" is one of his latest preamp designs and for the first time, includes a digital readout for volume.
This is the first piece I’ve owned from VALVET and can attest to its excellent build quality. Listening confirms that this modestly priced preamp competes with much more expensive brands. I’ve owned a few top preamp offerings from the likes of Audio Research, VAC, BAT, etc. and none gave me more musical enjoyment than the Soulshine. The stock 12AU7s it comes with are Genalex Gold Lions and sound very good, but tube rolling some NOS Telefunkens allowed this piece to really shine.
Probably the best description and pics to be found on this
product are from the US distributor Highend Electronics in California: http://highend-electronics.com/products/valvet-soulshine-pure-tube-pre-amplifier
Product is in near mint condition and works flawlessly. Comes with all accessories. BONUS: Not sure why, but an Audience Power Chord SE (almost $900 retail!) was also included with the Soulshine Pure. Makes for a great combination.
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Thanks for looking!
Specifications from the VALVET site:
- inputs: 5 high level inputs, input impedance 100 KOhm, (4x
RCA, 1x XLR)
- amplification: 8x, 18dB, max. output > 50 Volts, output
impedance 400 Ohm, 3 - outputs OUT1/OUT2/OUT3 (2x RCA, 1x XLR)
- power supply: external solid state power supply, 100VA
- dimensions: 444 x 50 x 306 mm (17.5 x 2 x 12 inches) WxHxD
170 x 50 x 306 mm (6.7 x 2 x 12 inches) WxHxD - power supply
- volume control:
48-step resistor-ladder switch (absolutely state of the art - THE BEST!)
- case: Aluminum, black anodized and powder coated
- front: silver anodized or black anodized
- sound: The soulshine "Pure" shows exceptional
detail, plasticity and sound stage. Everything is played on a black/still
backgound. The listener hears no tube noise, but many tube virtues. Voices really
have body, strings have the right fluidity, and an electric guitar sounds just
like it should. Especially the harmony between silence and dynamics captivates
the listener right away