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As long as the equipment is as advertised, it doesn't matter one bit why the guy is selling.People get so hung up on why another person is selling something because they lack confidence in their choices and/or have a "herd like" mentality. At the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is your own!!George
The strangest thing, IMO, is the fact that these TUBE RESEARCH LABS amplifiers are Solid State.
I owned the Samson amps and loved them. Needed more power for my Soundlab speakers otherwise I would still have them.
Glad to read about other Dude owners and how they are enjoying their preamp. I use smoked glass RCA 6sn7's in mine and like the bloom and warmth they offer.
I've had my Dude (2nd generation I call it) for a couple years now, it's the one in the link provided by:« Reply #79 on: 5 Nov 2011, 10:03 PM » Out of all the preamps I've heard/owned it really outclasses them by a long shot. Besides the March rave, I listened to it in six different systems (dealers included) and it faired the same way every time, quite an accomplishment.Paul's design is very robust, dependable and effective (happy end user!)
Can you share what the tube dampers did for the preamp? I know what I heard when I added them to a power amp but will wait to see what you hear first as I don't want to screw your results. Rocket_Ronny
For what it is worth; Those using Stillpoints may want to try using the $26 HRS Nimbus Disc in between. I found that this removed the mid-range glare that I'd noticed using the Stillpoints by themselves.
I loaned out my Dude to an Audiogoner near me who has a Coincident Statement Linestage and wanted to compare the two preamps. Here is what he had to say about the two:"12-09-11: Charles1dadOjdetos,Thanks very much for your comments, I appreciate them.Morganc,I just had the chance to listen to the TRL Dude linestage in my system 2 nights ago.Gon member bugredmachine(pete) was kind enough to lend me his.I can understand the high praise and feedback concerning the Dude it`s exceptional and will outperform many preamps on the market. It has a big,dynamic authoratative sound that`s musical and compelling, impressive!The similarities with my CSL are large scale presence and dynamics,full bodied tone and natural sound and no clinical-sterile character at all.The Dude may have a bit more bass impact and weight(both preamps have plenty!). The CSL a bit more bass articulation and texture contast.There`s probably some same brand synergy involved that favors the CSL. In my system the CSL is more transparent and open with more air,nuance and inner detail(the Dude has these qualities also but to a slightly lesser degree).I just think the CSL has a lower noise floor.The Dude has a wonderful bold and strong presentation and I`d say the CSL is certainly as dynamic(both are stellar in this area) but is subtly more refined-sophisticated in character.The truth is both are superior preamps and I honestly think preference will come down to individual system voicing and matching.The standout feature of the CSL is it`s unmatched (IMO)transperency(it totally disappears) and sheer organic purity.Again(system synergy) it`s just the 'perfect' match with the FrankensteinMKII amplifier.Best Regards,CharlesCharles1dad (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)"
I now have Herbies Rx Tube Dampers on all 5 tubes.
Not many vendors can get my money.
I got that by your moniker. Yes, I've tried rubber o-rings before...
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