Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NOSValves VRD tube amps or Valve Roller Dream amps

I've been lucky enough to hear these VRD monoblock tube amps on several occasions and they are incredible. They are also a bargain at $3199 a pair. These are American made hand crafted tube amps.

From the website.
VRD Mono Block Specs

Walnut, cherry and maple hand finished with 5 coats of Tung Oil

Brushed stainless steel Top/Bottom and Rear plates

Custom wood type requests can be accommodated

60 watts Ultra Linear/30 watts Triode switchable

KT88 output tubes, Standard
Full bias control per output tube with above-chassis test points and
multi-turn controls
1.1V input sensitivity
100K input impedance
AC balance control
1000V PS filtering for extended life
10H choke per amp
All Triode front end, 12AX7 Driver, 12AU7 phase splitter, Direct coupled
Tube Rectified 5AR4
Separate provisions for 4, 8, and 16 ohm speakers
Valve Rollers Dream! The amps can run EL34, 6L6GC, 5881, 350B, KT66, KT88, 6550, KT90 and more (some tube choices require a 5U4GB rectifier tube)

Phase splitter can be experimented with, using 12BH7 or st1:stockticker>ECC99

Input/Driver tube can use 12AX7 and variants
Total Harmonic Distortion .06% @ 1 watt, .15% @ 5 watt, 1% @ Full-rated power 20Hz to 20KHz

Dimensions 10 ¼” X 14” including speaker binding posts

Lettering is just for information not on the actual amps.

The most annoying thing to me in the hi-fi industry is plastic speaker binding post. They are crap. When you touch them they feel cheap but when you grab onto these metal binding post you just know you have a high quality piece of gear. I know that is nit picky but that is how I feel about it.

Craig also does incredible vintage tube amp restorations. I've heard a couple of his restored Scotts and they are top notch. You wouldn't know the amp was 50 years old. High quality craftsmanship.

One last pic. If you prefer a stereo VRD amp that can be arranged.


  1. whacko ! more money than brains ....or ear

  2. I just passed this into a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that. valve foundry