For Sale: Musical Fidelity A3CR Preamp

steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
edited August 2005 in For Sale (FS) Classifieds
SOLD!

Musical Fidelity A3CR Preamp...at an excellent price.

Wes Phillips: "Belongs in the top rank of all the preamplifiers I have auditioned."

Stereophile recommended "Class A" for the line stage, "Class B" for the phono stage.

IMPORTANT: This preamp has 1 minor problem. The "Tuner" input rca jack (Right channel) needs to resoldered to the circuit board. This has no effect on any other inputs or on the preamp when the tuner input is not used. All other inputs are fine; CD, SACD, Aux, Phono, Tape/Monitor. How do I know it's a broken solder joint? Fair question; when I put a little downward pressure on the right rca plug, the channel comes in clear.

There is a Musical Fidelity authorized repair station in North Carolina, but I don't have the time nor patience to go this route. It's probably a 10 minute fix, if you're so inclined. I just simply run my tuner to "Aux." Again, the preamp works perfectly aside from this input.

The unit is otherwise in excellent condition, I can't find any cosmetic flaws, not a scratch, nick, rub or otherwise. Comes with remote, manual, and original purchase receipt ($1535.00).

$400, buyer pays exact shipping and I highly recommend you insure the shipment. I do not have the orignal box, but it will be packed to thwart nuclear disaster.

You WILL NOT find another A3CR anywhere near this price in this condition.

CONUS only, MONEY ORDER ONLY. No exceptions.

Why am I selling this gem? I like it so much I want a brand new in the box A3CR and don't want to hassle with the above tuner input problem---my laziness is your gain!
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    A3CR guts (not mine), built like a tank, weighs about 30lbs:
  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited July 2005
    damn damn damn

    Broke ****
    Russ
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
  • simmsimm Posts: 479
    edited July 2005
    Do you know where in NC the repair center is located? Any pics of the outside of the A3CR? Thanks.....

    Steve
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    Kevin @ Upscale audio sent me the info before, but I lost it. You can Email Kevin [email protected]

    I'll get a pic up tonight, the unit is flawless (cosmetically).

    I've done alot of research on it, if you're handy, order a torx wrench with the "tamper proof" style head (has an indentation on the tip), and maybe make the solder connection yourself.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    You didn't read the last line in the add didja...LOL

    I'm buying another one....
  • tryrrthgtryrrthg Posts: 1,900
    edited July 2005
    Unbelievable price!
    Originally posted by hoosier21
    damn damn damn

    Broke ****
    Russ

    Or are you full circle Russ?

    This is a great preamp, I love mine (Thanks Russ) ;)
    Sony KDL-40V2500 HDTV, Rotel RSX-1067 Receiver, Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray, Slim Devices Squeezebox, Polk RTi6, CSi3 & R15, DIY sub with Atlas 15
  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited July 2005
    I only turn left, so yes I am always going in circles.
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    SOLD! Enjoy brother.
  • jdhdiggsjdhdiggs Posts: 4,471
    edited July 2005
    This is killing me, I ain't broke but don't know what the bill will be yet on those Knight tube monos Russ is working on... Aack!

    Edit: Thank you for selling so quickly...
    There is no genuine justice in any scheme of feeding and coddling the loafer whose only ponderable energies are devoted wholly to reproduction. Nine-tenths of the rights he bellows for are really privileges and he does nothing to deserve them. We not only acquired a vast population of morons, we have inculcated all morons, old or young, with the doctrine that the decent and industrious people of the country are bound to support them for all time.-Menkin
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by steveinaz
    SOLD! Enjoy brother.

    Good! Now I can stop fretting over this :rolleyes:
    Great price. It's probably worth $700 easy. Somebody got a killer deal ;)
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  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by jdhdiggs
    This is killing me, I ain't broke but don't know what the bill will be yet on those Knight tube monos Russ is working on... Aack!

    Edit: Thank you for selling so quickly...

    Those Knights are just about ready to go, just finishing tweaking them out.
    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    I hate selling something that has a "problem" thats why I knocked about $250 off, I would have normally asked $650 for it. I figured $250 would easily cover the cost of the repair+shipping for the new owner.

    Russ--Contact Upscale Audio for details on the shop in N.C. that is an authorized MF repair facility. If you want to use the tuner input, this guy can fix it. You're close, it would be well worth it. OR, buy a #5 Torx (tamper proof) wrench and attempt the repair yourself for about 5 bucks.
  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited July 2005
    Will do, Thanks Steve. a CD and phono input is all I will be needing.
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,638
    edited July 2005
    Go Russ! Go Russ! Go Russ! Go Russ!

    BDT
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by hoosier21
    Will do, Thanks Steve. a CD and phono input is all I will be needing.

    What the hell happened to broke **** Russ? :p
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  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited July 2005
    I'm still here. ;)
    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by RuSsMaN
    I'm still here. ;)

    LOL! :D
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    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,482
    edited July 2005
    Send it to,
    Signal Path International
    215 Lawton Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216

    Call Rick first at 704-391-0673 to arrange things.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    Here she is, gorgeous huh?:
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    edited July 2005
    I've heard people say they thought they are to gaudy looking but I think it's an awesome look. I had the A3 integrated before Russ made me buy the Dodd.;)
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    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by dragon1952
    What the hell happened to broke **** Russ? :p

    He is now even more broke.

    Gotta sell some stuff. Anyone need some VMPS subwoofers?
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
  • Airplay355Airplay355 Posts: 4,294
    edited July 2005
    My A3.2 integrated shows up today :D Personally, I like the all silver look instead of the silver and gold. And I especially like the blue lights...you know I love blue lights.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by F1nut
    Send it to,
    Signal Path International
    215 Lawton Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28216

    Call Rick first at 704-391-0673 to arrange things.

    That's it! Thanks for the assist bud.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    Going out this morning, Fedex. Packed so that UPS monkeys with ice picks and sledge hammers couldn't harm it.

    Enjoy!
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by steveinaz
    Going out this morning, Fedex. Packed so that UPS monkeys with ice picks and sledge hammers couldn't harm it.

    Enjoy!

    Can't be done. :D


    Someones getting an excellent preamp!!!

    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by steveinaz
    Going out this morning, Fedex. Packed so that UPS monkeys with ice picks and sledge hammers couldn't harm it.

    Enjoy!

    So the UPS monkeys sneak into the FedEx trucks?;)
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,687
    edited July 2005
    Originally posted by hoosier21
    So the UPS monkeys sneak into the FedEx trucks?;)

    Stinkin' little ****! :mad: As if they don't cause enough trouble already.
    ____________________________
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    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,987
    edited July 2005
    Your estimated delivery date is 30 July, Saturday. Enjoy!
  • audioblissaudiobliss Posts: 12,634
    edited August 2005
    hoosier21 wrote:
    So the UPS monkeys sneak into the FedEx trucks?;)
    ROFL!!
    Jstas wrote: »
    Simple question. If you had a cool million bucks, what would you do with it?
    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
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  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,397
    edited August 2005
    Arrived alive and well, good packing job by Steve, thanks for that. Oh and the preamp is in great shape and sounds very good. :o
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."
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