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LATEST:  I have decided to close the build queue.  I need to catch up.  Of course if I have a deposit from you, your build will proceed on schedule.   I may re-open the queue after Christmas break.  Or I may simply build things and put them up for sale.  I will continue to produce tube equipment.  I am NOT retiring, but I need to catch up.   NOTE:  After many years of rebuilding vintage tube gear I have stopped taking on any new repair and restoration jobs to focus entirely on production of custom tube line stages, phono stages and my KT88 power amp.  I may do some more vintage work in the future, but for now I am only building custom pieces.  The good news is that Jim McShane has found a new tech to take on the restoration of the citation tube equipment.  Email Jim and he can provide contact info for you. Review of my new Spatial Audio X5 speakers. These are just wonderful.  See my review here. Latest project: I have just finished the first production version of the 6L6 based integrated amp.  It has the same caps and power supply (scaled down slightly for the lower power version) as the big Kootenay 120 KT88 amp.  Fully regulated independent supplies for each channel.  Same beautiful toroid transformer set, just a slightly smaller power transformer and the output transformers are optimized for the 6L6/EL34 tube types.   I am getting about 32-35 watts/ch on the bench depending on the output tube type.  We will call it a 30 watt/ch integrated amp and it will easily meet that spec to below 20 Hz.  The amp is holographic and is quite stunning.   I have 96 dB speakers and it sounds like a 60 watt/ch amp.  Bass is astounding.   Oh, and it is so quiet you really cannot tell it is on when idling away.  You can put your ear to the 96 dB speaker and barely hear anything at idle.  It will come with the excellent Russian 6P3S-E tubes and three Shuguang WE6SN7 tubes up front.  It will run EL34/KT77/KT66 tubes as well.   One XLR input and 3 RCA inputs and the 64 step remote Khozmo attenuator with relay input switching.   It will sell for $3995.  I think the production one is sold already, but I can produce another.  Lead time is about 8-12 weeks in the virus times.  Will create a page for it as soon as I can take better photos. I am Don Sachs, and for over seven years I have been Jim McShane’ s authorized tech/installer.  During this time I have restored close to 80 Citation II amplifiers, about 50 Citation I preamps, 6 Citation V amplifiers, 3 Citation IV preamps, several Citation IIIx tuners, and numerous Award Series integrated amps and receivers.  I have also restored numerous tube integrated amps, power amps, preamps, and receivers by Fisher, Scott, Sherwood, McIntosh, Eico, Lafayette, Sansui, Heathkit, Knight, Bogen, and others.  Too many to count.  All restorations of Citation gear are done exclusively with Jim's parts and kits. You may read about all the McShane upgrades to the Citation gear on his website. On this site you can read about some of the services I offer and the associated costs.  These are guidelines.  Every piece is different and the price can vary a bit depending on the level of restoration or additional options or customer preferences.  The services page contains links to the gear I specialize in.  I now produce new custom tube line stages, phono stages, and power ampsQuite frankly, in all my years of restoring vintage gear, these are among the best I have ever heard!  Check out the for sale page for any gear that I might have available for purchase.  The gallery has some photos of pieces I have worked on in the past few years.
© Don Sachs, 2015
Repair and rebuilding of vintage tube audio equipment by Harman Kardon, Sherwood, Scott, McIntosh, Fisher, Marantz, Eico, Heathkit, Lafayette and many others
Vintage Tube Audio  Restoration and Repair  New Custom Tube Preamps, Power amps, Integrated amps, and Phono Stages
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