Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Jan 28, 2018
I just spent $80.00 (that's right, eighty dollars--shipping included) on a 9V battery powered MC amp from Ebay. Arrived in 2 days, shrink wrapped, sans batteries. Two gain settings with a line bypass. And an off/on switch. Some guy in California makes them. Made in USA, it says here. I guess it's worth his while to put these together and sell them, mail order. I tried to take the board out of the aluminum case in order to check it out, but the way it was put together didn't allow for an easy pull. My impression is that it's a variation of the 80s Marshall Leach designs. But that's only my guess. I powered it up. Works fine. Subjectively I didn't notice any problems with a Denon DL103. No need to spend a fortune on this stuff.
The old green Altec 4722 input transformers are very nice MC step-ups. They are a bit expensive now, used to pay around $35 ea for them, but they are an excellent transformer. Cinemags are good also. Transformers are nice imo if one is up to a little diy.