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I have no tubes in my system and sometimes when I listen to early (20's) music I crave hearing what a good tube pre-amp can do to warm up the sound.

I have considered the Schiit Saga+ since I depend on the remote control but I don't think that's a "real" tube amp.

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I had really stellar performance from an Audible Illusions tube preamp.
Maybe there are used ones on the market?

They are inverting, so one needs to go back and swap the red on the speaker cables into the black on the speaker and visa versa.
Just like in the photo.
 

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For now I'm enjoying the Hagerman Baritone Tube Buffer before my solid state pre-amp as an alternative to a tube pre. It uses a single 12AU7. It seems to take the edge off and add some dimensionality to sound. There is a slight loss of fidelity but overall it's worth it. Right now I'm liking a Tung Sol reissue 12AU7W, but I ordered an RCA clear top 12AU7 (grey plates) to try as well.

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On 6/18/2024 at 3:26 AM, olds1959special said:

For now I'm enjoying the Hagerman Baritone Tube Buffer before my solid state pre-amp as an alternative to a tube pre. It uses a single 12AU7. It seems to take the edge off and add some dimensionality to sound. There is a slight loss of fidelity but overall it's worth it. Right now I'm liking a Tung Sol reissue 12AU7W, but I ordered an RCA clear top 12AU7 (grey plates) to try as well.

Why not run it behind the pre-amp?
(I have no reasoning to suggest it one way or the other.)

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