EC Aficionado (was: The Studio Jr.)

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  1. AppleheadMay

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    So, since this amp appears on the EC website already I'd thought I'd start a thread where we can gather more info on it.

    As far as I know it will have the beautiful BA chassis but with a sound more akin to The Studio.
    It will have two 2A3 tubes instead of four.
    Cinemag transformers with tertiary windings (different from the Cinemags on BA), optionally upgraded to the bigger Cinemags The Studio uses.
    A single 6SL7 driver.
    Optional P&G pot.

    That's about what I was able to gather so far. Please correct me wherever I'm wrong.
    And Marv, feel free to drop some more teasers. ;)
     

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    I haven't been on in a while, but I was also interested in this... my current rig is MB Gungnir -> original single ended Zana Deux.

    I'm thinking eventually I want to upgrade to an EC amp that offers more resolution for the 650's. I enjoy the Zana Deux, but I'm wondering how the 2A3 or Studio Jr would sound in comparison.

    Basically, I crave clarity, transparency and resolution. Gah. @purrin any chance you or @Hands could give some opinions? Or point me somewhere to look... I'll try and poke around as well.
     
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    Short of the Studio, it would have to be the proposed Studio Jr. The Cinemag with the tertiary windings play a huge role.

    We're still hooking it up right now on a 300B version. If this turns out good, the 2A3 version should be fantastic.
     
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    If we're interested in ordering, should we send you a PM? Or how is the ordering process working for it... I'm definitely in.
     
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    Not taking orders yet. Remind me you are #1.
     
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    I will also be interested in the Studio Jr when the ordering starts. Thanks!
     
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    I'm also interested. :)
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Can this thing drive speakers like the Studio?
     
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    I hope they consider a different name. Who the fuck wants the 'Junior' version of anything?
     
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    Also Junior in price. I think the draw here (and what you should focus on) is the 'Studio' part of the name :p
     
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    Name it whatever you want. Just grab one of those label makers and get creative.
     
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    What about the Fantastique?
     
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    This will also be able to use the WE 417As right? Not the 6SN7 of the BA?
     
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    Might be 6SL7 for gain.
     
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    See? Simple.
     
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    I prefer "The Stud"... or even "Stu"
     
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    I guess this is as good of a spot as any to ask, but I've been curious about the architectural changes in the amps at EC.

    With the 445 and the 2A3mk4 you had amps in the 4k range that had dual single triode gain stages(ala the WE417As) and interstage transformers. And when those came out, the 445 in particular, it was highly lauded. The benefits of the interstage transformer were shouted from the rooftops. Specially the upgraded ones in the 445 vs the original 2A3mk4. The benefits of the dual single triodes for gain weren't talked about as much, but I assumed they were there vs the 6sn7 of the BA since you used them instead.

    So I'm curious when the line was consolidated why both amps that had the single triodes and the interstage transformers that aren't the Studio got nixed? Instead we have the studio Jr, which will be cap coupled and most likely a single dual triode for gain.

    Was it determined that most the benefits came from the new output transformer instead of the interstages? Or did you decide that the cheaper interstages in the 445 as compared to the ones in the studio weren't worth it? Maybe new caps were found that were almost as good as the "lesser" interstages? Though that still leaves the question of why not using the dual single triodes.

    Hence why I think of the 445 as more of a baby Studio than the Studio Jr. Architecturally it's much more similar.

    Anyways, yeah, I'm always curious about over changes in architecture in philosophy if you Eddie Current guys are willing to share your thoughts.
     
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