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Tandberg Amplifier or something else?

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I have a mint Tandberg 3008a pre that I love and am looking for an amp to mate it with. (what a piece of art this thing is by the way) I am wondering if I should look for a Tandberg amp, 150wpc minimum or go another route. Having not heard one makes the decision a blind one. I am used to the HK sound and whatever adjective you would use to describe it. I usually just say "clear" or "clean". This combination would be replacing a wonderful sounding HK PM665 that is no slouch at 100wpc.

That said, I have admired the styling of Tandberg and the stats look good on the 3026A, 3016A and 3009A amps. I imagine any of these would be candidates for a recap or service as any amp I invest in, I would hope to use for some time. I am not opposed to spending some money to find that amp I can listen to and admire for some time even if it costs more than the official "value" of the amp itself.

Any hint on the sound qualities of Tandberg as opposed to HK?

Real world power to drive speakers?

Any qualified techs around that can restore a Tandberg?

Then again, I could go new or at least newer and go for a Bryston 4bSST2, Levinson 532H or something else with 200+ WPC and be done with it perhaps forever. Those options are in the 3g range in terms of price but am open to making an investment in something that puts a smile on my face each time I listen to it. I can say again, I love the HK sound, especially the Citation 22. Not really a "warm" guy but rather lean towards the clean and detailed with a nice high end and accurate, not booming bass.

Space: 12' deep by 16' wide room

Tandberg 3008a pre

Yamaha YP D71TT

Stanton 681 with stereohedron stylus

Schitt Modi Multibit

B&W DM16s

Listen to: Mostly Jazz from 1956-65 or so and favorite rock 60's to 70's.

Any thoughts? I am ready to head over to BT for a WTB but am not sure what to ask for.

 


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