WTB: Phono preamp

Had to sell some things recently and my work setup took a hit.

I’ve got my Technics SL-B3 TT and Little Dot headphone amp left.

I listen to LPs at work frequently and am hoping someone has a budget phono preamp around for sale. Low cost Preamp is also possible as long as it’s got Phono (and a aux input for my iPhone would be a plus).

I’m thinking Santa may have like 50 bucks for me to spend, so let me know if you’ve got something that fits the bill.

Not looking for anything extravagant, just something basic. If it’s a preamp, looks matter a bit as I like old vintage stuff.
"....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)

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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,138
    I would recommend an Art DJPre-II at that price.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited December 2019
    I’m good to go. My buddy’s shop randomly got in 4 old school phono preamps.

    So I got one of the realistics pictured below for 35$

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    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • verbverb Posts: 8,838
    I’m good to go. My buddy’s shop randomly got in 4 old school phono preamps.

    So I got one of the realistics pictured below for 35$

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    Where do you work brother? Listen to LP’s, wow! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited December 2019
    verb wrote: »
    I’m good to go. My buddy’s shop randomly got in 4 old school phono preamps.

    So I got one of the realistics pictured below for 35$

    dkcaqscxnzq1.jpeg

    Where do you work brother? Listen to LP’s, wow! :smile:

    I work IT so occasionally I can put on my headphones (Beyerdynamic DT-770s) and spin some LPs while I update code or other items.

    I also stream Spotify through the headphone amp, but sometimes spinning Dads old LPs just brightens my day.

    People stare often... and they dint even know that I’m using MIT EXp RCAs, upgrades powercables, and a Furman AC-215a surge protector hehehe.....

    Next up is to mod my headphones to accept an upgraded cable via a connector in the ear of the headphone..........

    IIRC someone here already did similar....

    Then upgrade the TT wiring.... just because...
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • verbverb Posts: 8,838
    ^^^^^ Very cool!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited December 2019
    verb wrote: »
    ^^^^^ Very cool!

    Thanks..... Unrelated but while there I found an old pair of Lafayette Criterion 25a speakers that just spoke to me.... (I bet 1$ old @mhardy6647 can find specs on em)

    For 20 bucks (and a free 4" Tang Bang driver as welI grabbed em. They sound "eh", but I am likely gonna just trash the existing 8" driver and tweeter and use the box to house a single 8" full range driver.

    I'd be using at work, at VERY low levels, so Xmax doesnt matter, so focusing on clarity and detail (and I have a plan for a small simple sub possibly).

    Anyway, gotta start looking at 6-8" drivers that would work in this small box (~.41cf) and get me to around 60-80hz......

    And I totally realize I'm gonna have a TON more in the parts than the cabinets, but hey..... its all fun......

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    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,138
    I’m good to go. My buddy’s shop randomly got in 4 old school phono preamps.

    So I got one of the realistics pictured below for 35$

    dkcaqscxnzq1.jpeg
    Cool. Some people mod those Realistics to run on batteries.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,945
    edited December 2019
    Had to sell some things recently and my work setup took a hit.

    I’ve got my Technics SL-B3 TT and Little Dot headphone amp left.

    I listen to LPs at work frequently and am hoping someone has a budget phono preamp around for sale. Low cost Preamp is also possible as long as it’s got Phono (and a aux input for my iPhone would be a plus).

    I’m thinking Santa may have like 50 bucks for me to spend, so let me know if you’ve got something that fits the bill.

    Not looking for anything extravagant, just something basic. If it’s a preamp, looks matter a bit as I like old vintage stuff.

    I have a Yaqin MS 22B phono preamp if your interested. Includes stock Shuguang 12AX7 tubes (2).
    SDA SRS 1.2TL's
    SDA 1C's w/Clarity Cap ESA; PA, Mills, RD0194-1's
    SDA 2B TL's w/RD0198-1's
    Yaqin MC-30L integrated tube amp
    Yaqin MS-20L integrated tube amp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,058
    edited December 2019
    verb wrote: »
    ^^^^^ Very cool!

    Thanks..... Unrelated but while there I found an old pair of Lafayette Criterion 25a speakers that just spoke to me.... (I bet 1$ old @mhardy6647 can find specs on em)

    For 20 bucks (and a free 4" Tang Bang driver as welI grabbed em. They sound "eh", but I am likely gonna just trash the existing 8" driver and tweeter and use the box to house a single 8" full range driver.

    I'd be using at work, at VERY low levels, so Xmax doesnt matter, so focusing on clarity and detail (and I have a plan for a small simple sub possibly).

    Anyway, gotta start looking at 6-8" drivers that would work in this small box (~.41cf) and get me to around 60-80hz......

    And I totally realize I'm gonna have a TON more in the parts than the cabinets, but hey..... its all fun......

    r7cs06xozx1a.jpeg
    Yeah, they're pretty terrible little loudspeakers as is (as you discovered). Indeed, I once found a pair... well... you know where :# -- and I left them there, too. I didn't leave a lot of hifi stuff behind @ the ol' Harvard dump, but even I have my limits! ;)

    This said, it is of course, absolutely fine -- and not a bad idea! -- to leverage the found box and do something else with it! And the TangBand driver is a nice bonus!

    You might just want to leave/take/cut :p the backs off those 'enclosures' and use a nice sounding, high-ish Qts 8" 'fullrange' driver and run 'em as open baffles -- just sayin' ;)

    Let me know if you want me to check stock ;)
    I do think 8" is a sweet spot for 'fullrange' (extended range... let's be honest with ourselves here) drivers (FWIW).

    PS Sorry we've wandered a bit away from the topic of phono preamps :*



  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited December 2019
    jdjohn wrote: »
    Cool. Some people mod those Realistics to run on batteries.

    Interesting, I will have to check that out, sounds RAD!
    I have a Yaqin MS 22B phono preamp if your interested. Includes stock Shuguang 12AX7 tubes (2).

    Well I'm always interested, but I have a feeling its gonna be DRASTICALLY over budget (and way too good for this gear) but shoot me a PM.....
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    PS Sorry we've wandered a bit away from the topic of phono preamps :*

    Well, I'm the one that took us off topic lol.... so there is that....

    Also here’s that TangBang (need some sealant on the surround though)...

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    @verb Heres the “rig” for now

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    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,058
    We do live in halcyon times for phono preamps -- storebought, kit, and pure-play DIY.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010
    edited December 2019
    And here’s the info on the phono preamp
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    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,058
    oh, and (ironically on topic, at least sorta...), as is my wont this time of year, I am currently working diligently to rip (as they say) more and more of the seemingly endless backlog of holiday music treasures encoded in the analog domain into the digital domain.

    I mention this because, given the somewhat compromised condition of some of the aforementioned holiday recordings :| I have set up a little cannon fodder system to play them upon whilst ripping them -- and I mention this because I thought the OP, and perhaps others reading this thread, might be amused by the phono preamp which I pressed into service for the task.

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 17,010

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    Doc Hardy going DIGITAL????

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    Regarding your choice of phono pre.... if your gonna do it...

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    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • Can't figure out how to send a PM via mobile so PM me and we can discuss.
    SDA SRS 1.2TL's
    SDA 1C's w/Clarity Cap ESA; PA, Mills, RD0194-1's
    SDA 2B TL's w/RD0198-1's
    Yaqin MC-30L integrated tube amp
    Yaqin MS-20L integrated tube amp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,058
    edited December 2019
    Jeepers...
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Realistic-42-2101a-phono-preamplifier-upgraded-10a/193272675322?hash=item2cfff2fbfa:g:gvIAAOSws11eA9y8

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    225 smackers. :/

    I've gotta admit, I'd probably want you to give me 200 bucks to work on one of these, too... and my hamfisted rehab wouldn't probably look much different inside than what's shown by the photos in this auction. :*
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