Somehow your post about upgrading your order to the Signature Grange... well, it really got me thinking. That might be a really nice next step from my Cortese LCR.
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Supratek chrome model owners: I thought I would share that I came across some nice chrome domed tall guitar volume/balance knobs that look great on the preamps. I didn’t really care for the matte aluminum stock knobs. The only downside ,which is of no concern for me, is they don’t have a level mark on the knob.
Picture (if it works) of the knob comparison:
Well, I finally received my Signature Grange preamp after about 6 month long wait.
I initially had ordered the Cortese LCR but later upgraded my order to Signature Grange.
Mick has been wonderful to deal with.
Currently the Supratek preamp is mated with Pass Labs XA30.8 and running stock tubes provided by Mick.
The preamp has exceeded my expectations. It is one hell of a preamp. My previous preamp was EAR Yoshino 868PL, which is a great preamp as well.
Comparing both the preamps, the Grange has more body and dynamics, tonally more rich and overall more musical. Bass is more well defined as well.
The Grange looks like a fine instrument. It is the ONLY audio component that my wife complimented on...which says a lot. LOL
Thanks to everyone on this thread for providing feedback on Supratek and Mick.
Very nice to hear another happy Supratek owner. Its the best stereo system decision I have made. I am blown away how good my speakers sound. I had no idea they had it in them. 🤣 My wife walked by my chrome Cabernet and said “That is a really beautiful component”. First and only complement I have heard from her in regards to my stereo systems. 👍
For my Cab the tubes and fuse make a huge difference. Especially the rectifier and 6SN7’s. Output tubes not so much. Enjoy the music!
@tksteingraber, took delivery of Cabernet mid Nov 2023.
The tubes that are fitted:
6N3C (0384) (2) the 'N" looks like a russian n
GZ345 Rectifier (1)
The sound is a bit rough out of the box, letting it burn in from today for a week, see how that works out. By then, that should be 250 hours, is that enough?
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