Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

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Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by Gromushka » 13 Nov 2019 13:46

I haven't experience with vintage pre-amps.
What about the 200-250$ budget I can get?

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Re: Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by jdjohn » 13 Nov 2019 16:06

Could look at Realistic 42-2101 or 2109. Some people sell modified versions that use 9V batteries, which reduces the noise floor.

Also, PS Audio Phono Preamplifier I or II - these were the first products PS Audio made.

Of course, most vintage phonostages were actually built into receivers and integrated amps. Separate phono preamps came along a little later.

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Re: Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by Uskoke » 13 Nov 2019 17:16

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Re: Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by pinenut » 14 Nov 2019 03:37

jdjohn wrote:
13 Nov 2019 16:06
Could look at Realistic 42-2101 or 2109. Some people sell modified versions that use 9V batteries, which reduces the noise floor.

Also, PS Audio Phono Preamplifier I or II - these were the first products PS Audio made.

Of course, most vintage phonostages were actually built into receivers and integrated amps. Separate phono preamps came along a little later.
The Realistic 42-2101a sounds pretty good for their price, usually under $30 shipped for excellent, used. I think that for their price, they’re hard to beat.
Right around late 1970’s to early’80s vintage, I think.

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Post by Gromushka » 14 Nov 2019 17:43

Thank you all, I will check the models.

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Re: Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by Collux » 14 Nov 2019 20:43

Many used units are to be found on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/b/Vintage-Preamps- ... /bn_317542

I personally think a DIY unit offers better value.
EG https://www.muffsy.com/

BUT, I accept that many are not enamoured with this approach..........
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Post by Sunwire » 14 Nov 2019 21:18

The Stanton 310 or 310B is a vintage model with far more flexibility than most vintage units. Many adjustments. I can't speak to sound quality, but they are for sale frequently on ebay and can often be purchased for $100, sometimes even less.
Manual and brochure are here:
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/sta ... -310.shtml

And if you search the forum for "Stanton 310" you will find some threads about it and how to adjust its settings.

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Re: Searching for vintage MM/MC or MM phono pre-amp.

Post by Collux » 14 Nov 2019 21:57

Preamp Turntable Stanton Phono stage Model 310 Demo HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0X7pRW50KQ

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