They are beautifully built and wired, and the sound . . . what can I say? Makes your socks roll up and down.
I will write a more detailed review but want to see if this post with the picture references work.
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He's MontanaWay on this board.ramon68 wrote:Who's Holger?
Bob Latino wrote:
David - Your "Holgerized" VTA M-125's look great ..
Don't think you can go wrong with MontanaWay. His website is: http://www.tubenirvana.net/mantha3 wrote:Looks like a wood phono preamp and a wood preamp? What is the scoop on those two? I saw MontanaWay's thead when he was building these for ya. Set for life!
deepee99 wrote:Don't think you can go wrong with MontanaWay. His website is: http://www.tubenirvana.net/mantha3 wrote:Looks like a wood phono preamp and a wood preamp? What is the scoop on those two? I saw MontanaWay's thead when he was building these for ya. Set for life!
My woodie preamps arrived a bit noisy from other sources; Holger is a no-noise-and-distortion freak so they will be sent to him for an overhaul as time and money permit. Good guy.
gener8r wrote:Nice set up, but then again, I'm biased.
Neither the SP14, nor the SP12, housed in the same mahogany cases, have any of the noise issues the SP13 does. This based on a minimum of two builds of each model. The SPs 12 and 14 are quiet in wood, without any special treatments, and the SP13 is not. Why? Who knows as the only real difference between the SP13 and 14 are the tubes. The circuit(s) and PCB layout(s) are pretty much the same between all three. But its enough of a difference for one to be noisy and the other two to be quiet. I am not investigating it any further or working with the SP13 in wood (repeat wood, not metal) any longer to try to find out or to try to quiet it down. I'm not saying it can't be done, but I couldn't and that's using either the 6CG7 or the 6FQ7. It's a shame too, as the SP13 has a richness of tone that is different than the SP14. To the point that if I could have gotten it quiet the SP13 would be my preamp of choice. From what I can tell the noise is inherent in that particular tube type. It becomes too easy to just go with an SP14 in wood, as I'll take a black background over tonal richness if I have to choose between the two. The SP14 wired for 12SN7s is IMO the first choice.
SPs 12, 13 and 14 in eerily similar cases......
Elrick wrote:I really like the idea of the M125's but would probably have to move out of the neighborhood or soundproof my entire house. For now I'm "settling" for a pair of Mark III's w/ the octal boards.
It has a natural ability to absorb vibrational energy and diffuse it. In fact, that is one of the main jobs it is designed to do. It's cell structure is compliant and this shifting ability of it's cells allows it to turn vibrational energy into heat (friction) and dissipate it.
Peter Gunn o-pins................
Great work MontanaWay....thanks for the wood service,s...Killer look
Thanks for the site Bob.................