Last Saturday, we had a piano solo concert, Beethoven sonata#32, Debussy images book 1, Chopin sonata#2, piano is Stienway grand. audience around 40
first time to use this modified record amp for Studer, I built the first one with tube 7119 and copper transformer, after tested and listened, make sure the design is OK, and compared with the stock of A80 in copy tapes,then switch tubes to 6900 ($260) and silver transformer ($700) too
after concert, I repro the master tape in a all tubes 3 amps 3 way Quad ESL 63 system, Ron who is recording engineer and classical music producer of CBC radio of CANADA, commented " like a real piano playing in behind the speakers".
words from the pianist of the concert, first listening feel a little over react sound like ( his sitting position is different to the mic and he is not a audiophile guy only listen to the real sound of piano), that is true a repro sound form speaker can't be same as the original no matter how good the recording is, even two pianos will sound different in the same hall too, that means the repro sound can be reconsidered as another piano's sound, but he also said longer he listen to it he started to like it, this mean no matter how many distortion and color added to the repro sound end up depend on the listener's favor