Upgrade for Joule Electra LA-100

I have been lurking here for the wealth of information about Joule Electra products, so I finally joined. I am the second owner of the the original version of the LA-100 (S/N 041). This has dual balance controls and no remote volume. I’ve had it since 2010. I inquired about possible upgrades and was told that there is no upgrade path for this model. Now that Jud has retired and shut down the factory, I thought I would check here to see what others have done with this preamp. I have replaced all the tubes and it works perfectly. I have heard that it isn’t too hard to fit a motorized volume pot to this one. I would look into that, and any other mods, but I thought I’d check here to learn if maybe I’d be better off trading up. Any thoughts?

Mike
Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R

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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    Thanks, F1. I recently bought a pair of OA-2 tubes from Rich. Took care of an intermittent dropout of the left channel. He said he cannot remember the last original LA-100 that came into his shop. Also didn’t share any ideas regarding upgrades, other than tubes. I like the sound of this preamp and it blew away my prior one when I put it in, so maybe if it ain’t broke... I seem to recall a post stating that a motorized pot from Bent Audio would work. Thanks again.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    Thanks, tonyb. No mods done to yours?

    Mike
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,690
    Ha, I've still got a boxes of OA2's and 13EM7's (which Jud used at times instead of the 6EM7) around here. None of those tubes are hard to find, they are old radio tubes. Be aware, the OA2 has radioactive gas inside, so don't break one.

    You might get John at Bent to sell you a kit, but he generally doesn't offer them anymore. I can tell you this, it would be considerably better than what Jud used.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,690
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    Thanks. It looks good. I was thinking of selling to buy a Schiit Freya to get a remote, but I’m concerned that the SQ wouldn’t be there. May give this a try.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,345
    I recently modded my Joule with a Butler 2250 amp and was amazed at the way the soundstage grew.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    I understand the Butler is a great amp.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,440
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I recently modded my Joule with a Butler 2250 amp and was amazed at the way the soundstage grew.

    LMAO...told ya bro, great match.

    No, no mods to my Joule, just a fresh re tube in all positions. I have nos. rca's in there from Brent Jesse.
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  • joosoofjoosoof Posts: 2
    I bought a used LA-100.
    The owner told me that the gain is not a volume, but it is a 2-way switch to set low and high gain.
    I have seen some videos online that the user was controlling the volume via the gain knob.
    On mine, it just clicks in 2 positions.
    Do you know if it is supposed to be a potentiometer or a 2-way switch?
    Thanks,
    Yu
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,951
    This link should help, https://sigsound.com/classic-product-info/joule-electra-info-page/

    the gain as I remember it is a pot.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,345
    Mine is a mkiii and it has no gain control on the front panel. There is a gain jumper inside mine...the top has to be removed.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,951
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
    Following this thread! :wink:
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,345
    verb wrote: »
    Following this thread! :wink:

    You'll follow anything because you're a junkie :)
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    I learned something today....don’t ask a question. Lots of emails showed up.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,345
    maxward wrote: »
    I learned something today....don’t ask a question. Lots of emails showed up.

    Just go in to the settings and change your notifications. Problem solved.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 379
    Thank yewww! I’m wondering if @joosoof is getting his question answered.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
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