Spent a fair few hours listening to this over the last few days and I have to admit, It's a really good listen. There is nothing special about this build apart from the fact I matched all the components for exact values (best I could with my equipment) but imo, it's paid off. I have just sourced a reliable replacement for the Relays, as these ones are discontinued.
Last bit is to see if I can get the PCB modified. SQ has kindly offered to look and the re is now a begging post on DIYaudio too. There seems to be a fair bit of interest from folks in building one too, so I will see if I can get it sorted.
I think the valves are letting this one down a little, especially the Philips PCC88's so I am eager to get the Vintage Tesla ones here ASAP. Telefunkens are my faves but are too rich now. Should've kept my gob shut lol.
I'll be replacing the front panel too. Nice black Acrylic which is now ordered. Just need a tidy power switch for it.
Great news, the last thing you want is the old one was better.
Hahaha, yes that is exactly what we dont want!
Funny thing is, the new valves have totally altered the sound. Ok, it's probably not gonna suit a "rose tinted" valve guy or girl but it's so clean now that i find the resolution is far far better.
Simon was right, i was missing resolution from my Vinyl but it wasn't because of the phonostage design, it was the valves.
There was a thread i read ages ago that claimed there was a Gold/yellow printed Tesla Valve that outstripped everything else he tried. I can't find it now but i am pretty sure this is a pair of them. Reminiscent of Telefunkens at their best. I'd love an A/B with a set of each. However, more importantly, We now have a serious competitor to the next phonostages i am goin to be constructing.
Oh, managed to find someone who is going to fix the Bigbottle PCB too. It's been a good day!