I'm reluctantly selling my TubeGuru phono stage. It has served me well, but I have two kids and not much time for listening anymore.
TubeGuru is a European company whose principals are former Siemens engineers who have a passion for music and produce extraordinary amps and preamps, all designed and manufactured in Hungary. Their prices are unbeatable for the quality of their products. If you Google them, you can find their website easily, although, sadly, they're not well-known in the U.S.
I have for sale their top of the line phono preamp which is a three piece unit consisting of a step up transformer, a power supply and a control unit. The power supply and control unit are all tubes with copper chassis (they're connected by an umbilical). The control unit has inputs for five separate turntables (I've only ever used one) and will accommodate MM or MC carts. I've run it with a low-output Koetsu with excellent results as well as with a high-output Benz-Micro, also with wonderful sound. There's definitely a tube quality to this component but it's also tight with a lot of air around the instruments, and there's nothing bloated or syrupy about the sound.
There are no cosmetic issues. The flash picked up every fingerprint on the fascia, so please ignore what look like slight marks. I've rated it an 8, because two small chassis screws are missing (it came that way when the original owner - another Audiogoner - received it from the manufacturer).
When you look at the photos, note the size of the power supply and control unit. They're the same size and fit next to one another nicely on a component shelf, but they will take up most of the shelf. These are not dainty components. I don't know exactly what kind of tubes are in these (their website might be able to help with this, and I think they're TubeGure tubes), but the president of TubeGuru assured the first owner that they would last a long time. That said, they probably have around 500 hours on them (between me and the first owner) and should be good to go for a lot longer.
I forgot to photograph the Step-Up Transformer (I'm using an MM cart now), but it has a copper chassis and a dark, finished wood face. It's attractive and I'll send you a photo if you like.
Buyer pays for shipping; I'll cover PayPal fees if necessary. I won't ship outside the U.S.
Lowball offers will be politely ignored.
Thank you for looking.