Mark Levinson No. 27 Amplifier, buy or not?

Just curious for all the ML lovers out there owning the ML No. 27 amplifier.

Has anyone had service since purchase from 1990?  Anyone still using it and having no issues?  Would like to get my hands on one, but the cost to repair along with finding a reputable service technician near me might not be worth it as I am located in NYC.  I know owning vintage equipment is nice and the warm sound is ideal for us loving audiophiles, however, my heart says to get one, and my wallet says to just get a different amp that's more modern.  I've read in the forums the amp cost around $2000 and repair cost could be another $2K, so doubling the price at $4K is something you can get caught into.  Or maybe you can just get lucky and the amp works fine. :)

Your thoughts and comments would be very helpful, thanks team.


Its amp that I would keep for life, I thought there were more ML lovers out there in this forum who knows more about it.  Spending 2k is one thing for the amp, finding parts like others have stated is probably near impossible. 

Pyramid in Texas services these.  I have a 27.5.  It's wonderful, i have no plans to part with it.  Used all sorts of preamps, tube and solid state sounds great with all.  I used to be concerned with service cost (yes it is expensive) but I would spend it in a heartbeat.  

What more do you need to know? You buy one, you listen, you like, you keep. If it hasnt been serviced by a reputable shop (not many left), the odds arent in your favor. If it has been serviced, who did the work? Been down the vintage amp rabbit hole many times. The common theme? Financially, like most things in this hobby,  you lose, unless you plan to be buried with it. Your resale market? This vintage  ML? Spotty at best. Trust me, I have a Model 26 pre and PLS226 Power supply, restored. Would probably have to find a buyer in the Far East to break even. We American Audiophiles? Tighter than bark on a tree!       

Do a google search on Pyramid Levinson musings.  they are authorized Levinson repair center.  They give comments on many Levinson pieces.  They will also talk with you and give you advice.   You will find many comments and opinion here. I took the plunge after researching.  Good Luck.