Wall Of Sound writer Steve Graham is a tireless audio enthusiast. And a generous guy, too.
To keep himself busy as the leaves turn red in northern Ontario, Steve has undertaken a new project: to build two budget line stage tube preamps, complete with semi-fancy enclosures (or at least “spouse-acceptable”), compare their quality and performance, write an extensive article on the whole process, and then – since he has no need for these himself – he plans to offer them to any interested WoS reader, at cost. If that isn’t enough, Steve plans to donate the proceeds to his local hospital.
Steve isn’t really what I’d call a cheap-o-phile, like many of us (me). He owns some very high-end Audio Research gear, including the big Reference 3 Preamp. So along the way, he plans to do some silly stuff, like putting these cheapies into his big system just to see what they can do. Who knows, maybe one of them will embarass the ARC, at least in terms of cost to performance ratio! I have to say, I love this idea. If it wasn’t a 4-hour drive to get there, I’d practically insist on being a fly on the wall, for that comparison.
Oh yeah, and from Minnesota:
Steve is already pretty far along (way ahead of me, as usual). Here’s a sneak peek at the casing he’s had machined (donated) by a local tool and die operation.
Really looking forward to this one. As always, readers’ input and feedback are most welcome. Leave a comment below.
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