After spending a part of this summer building the M-125 monoblocks and realizing the limits of my eyesight and skills, I was in no mood to tackle another kit, and I needed the reloading bench back for hunting season.. .
Enter Troy Madden, recommended by Roy and by Bob Latino. Troy could teach McIntosh a few things about elegant wiring.But electric aesthetics don't carry the day: Sound does. The SP-13 has the feel (without the blue lights) of a Mac C-28, except for that warm tube thing . . . and the recovery of heretofore unheard nuances from some of my 40-year-old vinyl through the PH-15 has blown me away. Troy built both my preamps and his work is nonpariel, and is reasonable. He built the SP-13 for $300 and upgraded some components. By all mwans, if you're daunted by a building a kit to perfect specs, he's your guy.
No, this is not a paid endorsement. It is a thank-you to Roy and to Troy (and Bob, who started this all) for turning my living room into a concert hall.
As Roy emailed me today: "it's real, tubes sound better than whatever you had before !!" And I had some of John Bedeini's very finest.
Can'tgo wrong with these guys, and thank-you to all.
The silver guy,