I just received my Dared MC-7P tube preamp. Out of the box, the thing is excellent. I'm really very happy with this purchase. However, I've gotten my read on about this piece, and there's much to be gained with upgrading the coupling caps. Even spoke to Dared and they recommend a cap upgrade if you want to invest a little dosh. Dared recommended using Auricaps.
There are a total of ten caps that Dared told me to upgrade. Six are 1uF, two are 0.47uF, and two are 0.047uF. I had been talking to Trey about using Clarity caps, however I want to stick with one brand (otherwise things start to get very confusing....) and Clarity doesn't make anything as small as 0.047uF, and they don't do custom sizes. So that ruled out Clarity.
I had also considered trying Sonicaps, except Soniccraft appears to be closed for a couple of weeks, and to wait would require patience, of which I have very little!
So I went ahead and ordered the Auricaps from thetubestore.com, they should arrive on Friday. The upgrade should be fairly straightforward, that's not the bit I'm looking for help with.
The part I have a question about is bypass caps. I know that in our crossover mods, we tend to stay away from them. However, I've read from people doing the cap upgrades to this preamp that bypassing has shown very positive results. So I'm interested in trying this.
Couple of questions:
1) Thinking about Sonicap Gen II's as the bypass caps. Any comments on using the Gen II's to bypass Auricaps? If not, any suggestions?
2) What value should I use? They make as small as a 0.001uF Sonicap Gen II.
3) Which caps should I bypass? All ten of them? Is there a reason to bypass something as small as a 0.047uF?
Sorry for the amateur questions, but I'm not really technical enough to understand what a bypass cap even does. I've just read very positive reviews of bypassing these coupling caps, and ten of these .001 Gen II's would run $44, which is an amount I'm completely willing to gamble with to experiment.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.