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Changing of the guards

Post by vinsnobben » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:37 am

Hi!

Winter is coming and I need some heat. So I switched from Premier 11A to Premier 8A. That means I get the heat from 16 output tubes instead of four. :D

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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by admin » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:43 am

Oh wow,... that's amazing. The CJ gear is to die for. Congrats on the setup. BTW, what turntable is that?
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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by vinsnobben » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:02 am

Thanks!
From left to right: Audiomeca J1 (by Pierre Lurné), Hanss Acoustics T-60 and Thorens TD321.
Arm on Audiomeca is SME IV, I am about to get a new arm for the Hanss, probably an Abis SA 1.2. The arm on the Thorens is a Revolver arm. (equivalent of Jelco). Pick-ups I use are Ortofon Cadenza Black, Audio Technica AT33sa and Clearaudio Maestro Wood.

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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by adeep42 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:01 pm

Stunning!!!!!!!!

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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by Big Dog RJ » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:42 pm

Another superb classic design by CJ; probably their best ever!
Those Premier 8's are a complete reference standard for all power amplification I must say, and such that even to day they cannot be beaten.

Even CJ's newer amps, such as the ART series is truly superb but for the value and glorious performance the Prem 8's deliver, they are second to none.
The premier 11A is one amplifier that I ever regret selling even to this day, forwarding nearly 20 years... including my ACT2 just recently but that was for a certain reason heading towards simplicity.

Enjoy those amps mate, and don't change a thing! These are legendary amplifiers, nothing really comes close to these any longer.
Cheers, RJ

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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by ronenash » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:25 am

Beautiful system. The Pr8 are legendary. That's a lot of tube to replace every few years...
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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by vinsnobben » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:23 am

Thanks,
the replacement and cost of the tubes are the reasons why I use the Premier 11a in the summertime. The heat of the Premier 8's makes it to hot inside during summer, so this is a way to extend tube life. The cost of the Premier 8 tube replacement is about $1000, but that includes NOS input tubes.

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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by jeffreybehr » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:33 pm

vinsnobben wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:23 am
Thanks,
the replacement and cost of the tubes are the reasons why I use the Premier 11a in the summertime.
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The many different perspectives on tubed amps interest me. I have a tubes-only c-j preamp, a 6-channel MET1, and I LOVE its sounds and features. But I REALLY LOVE the sounds of all-triode tubed poweramps and have settled on 12-tube, 60Watts-into-8 Atma-Sphere M60s.
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(Only 11 tubes live in each of mine because I use one of A-S's gain-reduction plugs in one front-end position [per amp]).

I've gone thru a lot of ultra-linear-operated poweramps, by c-j, Antique Sound Labs, Esoteric Audio Research, etc., but I keep coming back to triodes, having bought a pair of Lux MB-3045s decades ago and eventually owning three pairs of them. But not a one sounds as good as all-REAL-triode amps.

I'm happy that you're happy with the sounds of yours, as I'm happy with the sounds of mine. FWIW, I use mine all year in my nicely air-conditioned home in Phoenix. :)
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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by afonso » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:19 am

hi,

fabulous gear from CJ !. Those CJ PR8 are top notch !. I can even imagine what would be upgrading the PR 8 with teflon Capacitors...
CJ PR 12, PR 14, CJ EV 1, CJ DA2B
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Re: Changing of the guards

Post by afonso » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:04 pm

afonso wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:19 am
hi,

fabulous gear from CJ !. Those CJ PR8 are top notch !. I can even imagine what would be upgrading the PR 8 with teflon Capacitors...

By the way i sugest you always use the covers of the PR8 because their are heat dissipators.
CJ PR 12, PR 14, CJ EV 1, CJ DA2B
Accuphase DP 85
Micro Seiki RX1500, Ortofon Xpression + Ikeda IT 407 12"
DIY speakers with Seas Excel woofers and tweeters.

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