The Counterpoint SA-3.1 was and is a spectacular performer as a stock unit. However, with a few very expensive mods it can compete with and outperform many higher end preamplifiers in its time as well as now. This model comes with a separate Power Supply and operates very quiet with no humm. It has never had any problems nor has it ever needed repairs. When it was modified the entire circuit was tested and any capacitors that needed replacing were replaced with high quality replacements. These preamplifiers have almost a cult like following online. I have seen others with additional mods sell for well in to the thousands and people who own them covet them. I hate to sell mine but I have again acquired too many components and it's time to let some of them go.
The mods performed on my 3.1 were performed by Counterpoint and include bypassing the Balance control and changing the second set of Tape Outputs to Preamp Outputs so that an active subwoofer could be used or the output could be used for Bi-Amping.
I have recently retubed this preamp and went with vintage made in Holland, Amperex Bugle Boy ECC88/6DJ8 tubes. This tube upgrade made a world of difference. It was a matched quad, the fourth of which went in to my ARC LS-1.
As you may knpw the two tube Phono section in this preamp is really good albeit limited to MM. Let me just say the sound it produces is so good you wont miss your MC cartridge one bit. The line stage is equally as good and allows connection of up to four analog sources. It doesn't matter what you connect the 6DJ8 twin triode Bugle Boy tube will make it warm and draw you in with loads of detail, great solid bass, mids to die for and sizzling, sparkling highs. That's why this tube is used in many of the best preamplifiers. Plus it is a long lasting tube.
Except for a few tiny scratches it presents very well. I don't have the original box but will pack it well for safe transit. Shipping, Insurance and PayPal will all be included as long as the address is within the lower 48 states. Shipping to other destinations will be extra. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them and I'll do my best to answer them.
Preamp with Power Supply, Three Amperex Bugle Boy ECC88/6DJ8 tubes, Shipping, Insurance and PayPal fee.
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