Having had a couple of Tungsol 6550s saved for the last couple of years, and a passion for a SE project being next on my list after my very nice OTL headphone amp, I decided I couldn't wait and dropped a pile of Benjamin's on an Inspire Fire Bottle from Dennis Had A thing of desire!
Comes with NOS 5U4GTB, a Tungsol reissue 6SL7, and I'll be dropping in my NOS Tungsol 6550 matched pair
Now I have a dilemma - preamps! Buy some imported eye candy and change the tubes and other parts to clean it up, buy some vintage Dynaco or similar and do the same, or build something using a PCB copy of Marantz of similar?
The Inspire needs 1.5v input for it's full 10w output, not that I will drive it full throttle. Most of the preamps on evilBay output at 500mv to 700mv. Input sources are MM phono and CD (Quad 67 outputs 300mv - 2v peak).
Am I missing something, or do I need to preamp the preamp
Any thoughts to guide my aged mind. Buying would be easier as my project time is limited, but rather build/restore than waste $$ on China junk.