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I’m a dealer for Dangerous Music and have found from experience that their hardware provides a better sound quality than when using Apogee or Universal Audio components. The Dangerous Music components yield a higher level of sound quality and there’s a tremendous number of options that provides the flexibility for you to create a great recording and listening system using their equipment – whether you’re just starting out or if you’re improving upon an already expensive studio. Whether you begin with their least expensive component or are looking for a much larger alternative, solutions exist while sound quality stays the same. Its my responsibility and pleasure to help answer your questions and to help you define a path for acquiring this fine gear even if its one component at a time. Taking your time (if necessary) is worth it.
I’m also a dealer for Useful Arts preamps (SFP-30 and SFP-60) and use those preamps myself along with the Dangerous Music equipment. The Useful Arts preamp is a tube component and it uses the EF806 (EF86) preamp tube in its first stage. I’m currently building a guitar amp with this same preamp tube and I really like the clean sound quality that it provides. I know what various operating voltages do and have experienced using many different values of resistors, capacitors, tube types, and other parts to accomplish specific goals. The added optional 2nd order harmonic distortion provided by the “color” knob on the Useful Arts preamp comes from the 2nd stage 12AU7 tube. You can turn it off or all the way up to 10. It really depends on what you’re recording, This preamp is one of my favorites and is extremely flexible. It sounds wonderful and definitely would satisfy your needs and the desires of many of your recording clients. And . . . it has an excellent synergy with the Dangerous Music mixing and mastering systems.
WHY PURCHASE FROM ME?
I’ve spent decades building audio gear (power amplifiers, preamplifiers, power supplies, speakers, cables, etc) and have worked with high end audiophiles (including myself) for a very long time. I’m a former professional jazz piano player and I know what real live music sounds like. I used to own, a Bechstein Concert C234. I purchased it new and built a special highly tuned acoustic room for it. Working with room acoustics is an integral part of putting together a great sounding audio system for mixing or mastering and shouldn’t be avoided. I can help you with that too.
There are a few other manufacturers products I can provide but Dangerous Audio is my primary choice. I highly advocate that you consider building some of your own gear (DIY) and if interested, I can provide some really good suggestions for doing that. Building equipment provides you with the knowledge and direct experience that you can’t gain from just using it. Do both and you might then have the potential to really do well with this as a profession.
PUT TOGETHER A CORE AUDIO SYSTEM USING DANGEROUS AUDIO COMPONENTS (their Convert-2 DAC and Convert-AD+) AND THEN ADD EXTERNAL GEAR USING LOW COST DIY KITS (if you can’t afford to keep going at the higher level.)
What few audiophiles realize is that the Dangerous Music Convert-2 is a world class DAC (digital to analog converter) and will compete with audiophile equipment that costs much more. I’ve owned over 30 DACs in the last 5 years and can say from personal experience that the Convert-2 should be considered for music playback if you’re an audiophile and not interested in creating your own music. If you are, however, you simply cannot do better. The Convert-2 is where I would start and the first component I would purchase if desiring to create a world class sound quality for music listening or for listening to music that you mix and master. For a music creator, this is an absolute must purchase component.
I’M ALSO AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MANUFACTURER AND CAN HELP YOU IDENTIFY AND ACQUIRE REALLY EXCELLENT EXTERNAL GEAR ONE STEP AT A TIME. EVENTUALLY, YOU CAN REPLACE LESSER ITEMS WITH MORE EXPENSIVE DANGEROUS AUDIO ETERNAL COMPONENTS (compressor, eq, recording out of the box, etc) AS YOU CAN AFFORD IT. INITIALLY, HOWEVER, YOU NEED A STARTING PLACE AND I’M HERE TO HELP YOU. The Dangerous Audio DAC and ADC units make a superb starting point and I recommend using them to build your system. From there, we can gradually grow (together).
I’m always creating something to challenge myself. I enjoy that opportunity immensely. I’m a an innovator and I spend huge amounts of time and effort trying to perfect whatever I’m doing. Even though I’m a keyboard player, I love the guitar. I’ve owned numerous guitars to find the true style that “speaks to me”. After owning 4 Strandberg headless guitars (classic, made in Japan, Plini, and True Temperament), heres what I now own and play. This guitar provides the tonal quality that is truly me and it’s my “desert island” guitar:
It took quite a while for me to finally find the guitar that I love and the same goes for owning and using mixing and mastering equipment. Most of us need to try many directions before learning what’s truly good and the kind of tools that can provide “our tone” and improve our way of doing things. Excellent tools are required to work at the higher levels and these allow you to do that. Dangerous Audio components automatically impress most anyone who tries them. They truly are superb and provide an “end game” solution for their owners. Allow me to help you discover this truth.
AND YES . . . I’M STILL BUILDING
ONE OF A KIND
WORLD CLASS COMPONENTS
This new and recently completed guitar amplifier is completely quiet and has one of the best sounding clean tones I’ve ever heard. As a result, it also is one of the best guitar pedal platforms available and at around 8-9 watts of power, it makes a perfect home practice or studio amplifier.
My favorite speaker for this amp is the 12″ Celestion Creamback 75 in a Quilter Toneblock 12″ sized custom stripped maple speaker cabinet. This speaker is a ideal compliment for this amp and one that most any guitar player would love. You’ll find a photo of my custom cab on the EF86 page, However, I had this cabinet made for me – custom – and its not readily available. Purchase or use the Quilter Toneblock 12″ speaker cabinet as an alternative and you’ll be extremely happy with your tone. Also purchase a 12″ Celestion Creamback 75 and you’ll have the best speaker cabinet combination you can put together for this amp.
The best tube sound from this amp comes from using a newer production but recently discontinued, SED Winged C KT88 power tube. It’s still available and is just incredible!
To accommodate a really beautiful jazz style hollow body sound, I’ve tweaked this amp for both a specific KT88 (the Winged C KT88) and an EL34 (the new production Pavane EL34PH) and there is no need to use an EQ pedal to accommodate an expensive arch top hollow body guitar. Both of these tubes work well and are the 2 tubes I highly recommend you own if you purchase one of these amps from me.
The best tube compliment for this amp is:
1 NOS Mullard GZ34 rectifier tube
1 SED Winged C KT88 power tube ( & 1 Pavane EL34PH For Voicing Variety)
1 NOS Tesla/Telefunken EF86 preamp tube, and
1 NOS Phillips Miniwatt 12AX7 tone control tube.
If you play a 335 style, chambered, or solid body guitar, either power tube will work well. However, if you use an arch top jazz style hollow body guitar, the KT88 would be my first recommendation. Once you hear the KT88, you’ll have difficulty playing any other tube if you’re an arch top player. I’d then use the EL34PH to reduce boredom and to voice the amp differently if and when you desire.
Good NOS rare tubes (there are 3 in this amp) are really expensive and my goal was to build an amplifier that only uses one power tube (not 2 or 4) and also is an ideal and superb world class practice amp for use at home or in a studio. This amplifier easily accommodates those needs and beyond plus it reduces the cost and difficulty of finding and using NOS matched rare tubes. Locating matched pairs or quads of tubes is no longer an issue. Tubes wear out and great sounding NOS ones (particularly when matched and in multiples) are becoming really difficult to find and almost cost prohibitive. The tube compliment that I recommend above is all that you need to achieve the ultimate sound quality from this amp. Having 8-9 watts of power while using a 100db sensitive 12″ guitar speaker is plenty loud for most players and this is what I recommend as an ideal combination. The best single speaker for this amp is the Celestion Creamback 75 (8 ohm). Its 100db sensitive and produces an excellent sound quality for simple or complex playing styles.
The old adage of it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of most any instrument is true. However, over 95% of those 10,000 hours is spent in practice mode and not ” live on stage”. That is why I created this amplifier – for those 9,500 practice hours. You can use much bigger amps for the additional 500 hours if you make it that far and want to do that. The most important time invested is when you’re playing for yourself – at home! And .. . this experience needs to be really really positive or your practice time isn’t as productive.
I’ve tried the rare and uber expensive NOS Genelec KT88 in this amp and can’t justify the $400+ cost for a single tube. The “Winged C” KT88 is my favorite and sounds a bit better in a guitar amp like this. The other 3 tubes that I recommend are a must and you really don’t need to do any tube rolling if you follow my suggestions.
If you purchase this amp from me, I won’t ship it with tubes. I’ll leave that purchase and adventure up to you. I am, however, sharing what I’ve used to make this amp sounds its best and hope that you do follow my recommendations and that you do purchase these 4 recommended tubes.
Click on the link below to gather more information about this really beautiful EF86 guitar amplifier: