The X-1 is a legendary amp, this pair was made in 4-9-02 per labeling on the original factory boxes. I am selling as part of a downsize and money raising effort- these amps are in simply great condition. The 7 is for age and some smudges, there are no significant scratches or outright dings. They have also just returned from the factory where the 300B teflon and silver bases were replaced and the amps cleaned up and bench checked by designer Gordon Rankin. The $500 receipt for this work will be included in packaging.
I asked Gordon what 300B tube he would recommend from today's market and he said the JJs. Thought as long as I was in touch I'd get this recommendation from the source. The tubes now consist of 300B Electro-Harmonix and matched Sovteks for the 6C45PI input/drivers and 5AR4 rectifiers. I replaced one of the 5AR4’s that went out with a matched pair so have the other original for a spare. At the same time I bought a pair of the 6C45PIs to have on hand which I’ll send along too of course.
There is a very informative review at http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0702/wavelengthcardinalx1.htm . It contains some direct info from Gordon Rankin on the amp design and choice of tubes. The author of this 2002 review had actually owned a pair of earlier Cardinals for 8 years and sent them in to be upgraded to X-1 status. This is a quite informative review, more than just the usual cheerleading. If you go to the Wavelength web site you’ll see that the Cardinals are still in production using same tubes with relatively moderate design and cosmetic changes. Current retail is $8,500.
TERMS- You should be paypal verified there or have good feedback here to use paypal. I will cover shipping and any paypal fees. The $3750 is your final delivered price with no extra fees. Original double box system in good condition, there are two double boxes, one for each amp. Feel free to ask any questions. If you want to talk money use the ”make an offer” tab. I’ve never sold a piece yet to someone simply asking for best price but I’ll tell you, no matter how tough I resolve to be on price it’s darn hard to resist a “real” offer.
Regards, Larry Rasmussen, Seattle.
Tubes: 6C45PI input/driver, 5AR4 rectifier, and 300B output
Connectors: Heavy-duty gold-plated female RCA jack, Cardas five-way gold-plated loudspeaker binding posts, detachable IEC power cord
Input Impedance: 47Kohms
Output: 8 ohm
Power Output: 12.5 watts
Bandwidth: 5Hz to 35kHz (-3dB at one watt output)
Finishes: User choice of solid cherry, curly maple or walnut with custom wood finishes available
Dimensions: 8" x 12" x 14" (HxWxD)
Weight: 38 lbs. each monoblock