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    My collection of vintage audio gear continues to grow: +1 Dynaco PAT-5 preamp by member suggestion. Well, Seawolf recommended a PAT-4 but close enough, right? Anyway, the only reviews I can find on this are mixed, favoring the fact that it's "terrible" and "couldn't get it out of my collection fast enough" as I read.. We'll see what I think of it. Coming from Canada so who knows when and if I'll even see it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Well, Seawolf recommended a PAT-4 but close enough, right?
    SW didn't recommend it , just posted an old review link


    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    not sure WHY either ... my BGW's seem to do nicely.

    classic preamp ==>> https://www.stereophile.com/content/...4-preamplifier
    It's the new Mother Nature takin' over
    She's gettin' us all, yeah, she's gettin' us all

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    Oh.. Welp, I didn't pay much for it at all. So hopefully, it actually works and isn't too terrible. It could be the unit I put in the garage. Tonight I'm hoping to have the showdown between the Adcoms, Carver and Crown amps I bought. Heard back from the place I took my preamp to, for ~$260 it'll be fixed (GFP 555) but they wanted another $600 or so to recap the thing completely with the caps I wanted, well, read from another forum. They said the current capacitors all tested within 99% or better of their rated values. If it still sounds like poo, hopefully I can get $300 for it.

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