I have been following this line of "Old School" tube gear for about 6 months.When the opportunity arose to audition the Beacon II pre-amplifier,I jumped at the opportunity.First,let share what I have learned,,the fewer components in the path the better, this is evidenced by the straightforward design/approach in this particular build. The build quality is very good,quality parts ,all point to point wiring no circuit boards.A traditional IEC connection and a seperate power supply for the tubes.It uses a pair of 6SN7's,I rolled a pair of some NOS Sylvania WGTA's,,now,how does it sound?
Smooth,velvety,organic,involving and DEAD Quiet.My first session lasted 4 hours,I just kept playing disc after disc,,I had pretty high expectations and guys,,lemme' tell you,,this thing sounds fantastic.I just wanted to share this with ya'll,as I am really impressed with this gear.If you get a chance to hear one of these or his amps--don't miss out. every now and then something comes along that is just head and shoulders above the price/performance ratio.I believe that this is one that does.The mans name is Blair Lamphear,,of Nightshade Audio,,he told me that he bases his designs/gear on older proven circuits/methadologies that have stood the test of time.If you are interested in getting into tubes,,drop this guy a line,,I think that you will be glad you did.After the audition,I plan to pick up a Beacon Pre amp,,and possibly,,down the line a bit,,some of his power amps too.Seriously--give them a listen,I think that you will be glad that you did.
No afillation,,,just an excited polkie who got turned on to a pretty sweet affordable pre amp that will probabally last for years,due to its design and build. Here's a couple of pics