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    Default GOLDEN TUBE AUDIO SE40 Pure Class A Tube Amplifier

    Anybody have experiance with this amp? is it worth $400

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    I don't know this amp, but $400 for a pure class A amp is cheap.

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    I thought Russman owned one and seem to recall it was one of his favs.

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    I think Russ has passed it on to another member after some mods.

    GTA made excellent sounding gear. Problem is reliability. If you know a good technician, you are safe.

    My GTA SEP-1 pre amp is my favorite tube pre amp. It did have to go to the shop twice. First time was to replace the pot and second time was an issue with the B+ voltage.
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    I used to sell them a few years back.They sound ok,but we did have a lot of reliability issues,catching fire,that sort of thing.......

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    GTA stuff is pretty damn good..IMO. But as mentioned you may want to have it checked before REALLY enjoying it.

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    They are notoriously failure prone; probably part of the reason that the company is no longer extant.
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    Jeff Glowacki @ SonicCraft used to Mod the Golden Tube Audio SE 40 to improve both the sound of the amps and cure the reliability issues that the stock units had. The mod sevice from SonicCraft is no longer available but they do offer a kit to perform the mods with.The Sonicraft Modded SE 40 has a fine reputation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W WALDECKER View Post
    Jeff Glowacki @ SonicCraft used to Mod the Golden Tube Audio SE 40 to improve both the sound of the amps and cure the reliability issues that the stock units had. The mod sevice from SonicCraft is no longer available but they do offer a kit to perform the mods with.The Sonicraft Modded SE 40 has a fine reputation.
    I know this is an old thread, but I'd like to revive it for a few quick questions. I listened to one of these tonight and was impressed by the sound. It's a three tube parallel SE design with significant power and class A SE qualities. Decent build quality for a PCB build other than the use of too many pin connections.

    Can you tell me of the reliability issues that are a concern. This one had a problem with poor contact with the "something similar to a molex type" plug that was causing filament power to be lost to one channel. Are there other known concerns? Other than that pesky catching fire thing?
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    Russ man I believe just got one and was getting my Golden Tube Audio SEP-1 pre amp to match.

    Supposed to be a good match when they are combined but on their own also nice. There were issues with reliability and IE why they are no longer in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcmeigs View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but I'd like to revive it for a few quick questions. I listened to one of these tonight and was impressed by the sound. It's a three tube parallel SE design with significant power and class A SE qualities. Decent build quality for a PCB build other than the use of too many pin connections.

    Can you tell me of the reliability issues that are a concern. This one had a problem with poor contact with the "something similar to a molex type" plug that was causing filament power to be lost to one channel. Are there other known concerns? Other than that pesky catching fire thing?
    i own two of these amps.one is a stock unit and the other i bought fully modded by a EE named Loc Vu who is the resident GTA Guru over at the Yahoo Golden Tube Audio Group. there are certain resistors installed in the stock amps that were barely up to spec when new and over time they can degrade and the resistor may go POOF! on the other hand a modded unit can sound really beautiful. i remembered Russman was very fond of these amps and a few years ago i saw and bought one in pristine condition used from Echo Audio for about $450.00 and it was the best bang for buck that i have had in this hobby.do a little work on it and you will be rewarded with a very nice sounding reliable Class A Single ended parallel tube amplifier that will sound better than 90%of the PP tube amps out there go join the Yahoo GTA Group and people who know will answer any reasonable questions you may have. there are some nice people in that group and Loc Vu sells Kits to mod the SE40 yourself if you are so inclined he likes Russian PIO caps but you can put any flavor you like in yours.good luck....WCW III
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    For the record, Loc Vu is no EE, Sonic Craft still performs the most advanced upgrades for the SE-40, and this is the yahoo group for SE-40 help: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GTA_SE-40/

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    Quote Originally Posted by W WALDECKER View Post
    on the other hand a modded unit can sound really beautiful.
    I agree. I own a modded SEP-1 I got from Russman around 8 years ago or so. Got it modded about 3 years ago and the difference is incredible. The original sound signature and tonal balance is still the same but everything else (dynamics, bass, resolution, etc) increased a lot. Still my favorite tube pre amp.

    GTA gear sound great when they're working properly and they sound excellent when modded (done properly, of course).
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