The water used to make your whiskey....

(Photo courtesy of James Transformer Manufacturing)

"AC power is the raw material for the output of the component. Make beer, wine, scotch or bourbon with bad water and you get a bad product. Make an audio component with a generic off-the-shelf toroidal transformer and you are going to get a generic sounding component. It won’t be terrible, but it will fail to scale the heights of what is possible." (Doug Blackburn of Soundstage)

"Koussevitzky" TPA3116D2 (Sold to Kregg H. of Dallas, Texas)

TPA3116D2 with upgraded Nichicon Muse power supply capacitors.  Audiophile quality R Core transformer. (internal linear power supply)  Teflon insulated, silver coated 4N copper output wire.  Fully shielded copper input wire.  Gold plated connectors.

Fleawatt Vintage Flip Clock

Vintage flip style clock workings mounted on a gorgeous solid slab of Canary Wood.
Vintage style cloth cord and plug.

Edison Globe Lamp (Available)

Globe shaped Edison bulb mounted in an aluminum enclosure with a functioning vintage panel meter.
1950's style cloth cord and grounded plug.   Copper colored accents, including machined wheel styled knobs and lamp socket.  Switch on the back is the master power.  Knob on the right is a dimmer for the bulb.  Knob on the left moves the needle on the panel meter.  Emits a gorgeous, warm light.  A fun, unique, handmade piece for the office or home.  $200 plus shipping.

Fleawatt Speed Read Clock (Sold to Paul S. of Ostrander Bay, MI)

Vintage 1950's "Speed Read" clock.  Removed from it's shabby housing and mounted on a die-cast aluminum enclosure.  Motor has been lubricated.  New 1950's style houndstooth cloth power cord.   A one of a kind piece.

"Mussorgsky" TPA3116D2 (Sold to James M. of Wilkes Barre, PA)

Heavy machined aluminum enclosure.
 Giant toroidal power transformer along with 4700uf of capacitance on a separate regulated power supply board.   Boutique Solen brand gold plated binding posts.  Gold plated REAN connectors.  High purity copper, gold plated IEC input with integrated fuse.  Kimber TCSS output wire and Belden Brilliance shielded input wire.   Alps blue velvet volume control.

Weston Kilovolt Meter Lamp (Sold to Steve L. of Lynnwood, Washington)

Three warm glowing Edison bulbs & a working 1940's vintage Weston Kilovolt panel meter.
One of a kind, handmade lamp art.  It's not too late to ask Mrs. Claus for one.
7.5" x 7.5"x 2.5"

Vintage Radio Dial Belts Display Box Lamp (Sold to Dean M. of Massachusetts)

Vintage Radio Dial Belts steel box with drawer from an old hardware store.  Gorgeous rusty/weathered patina that only old age is capable of producing.  Ceramic sockets are painted with enamel to blend with the metal box.  An on/off with rotary dimmer switch is on the left side.  A vintage style cloth covered, twisted electrical cord with vintage style plug on the back.
The photos do not capture the beautiful warm glow these bulbs produce in a dark room.
A perfect gift for the antique radio enthusiast.
Box measures approximately 5"x6"x14"

The Ravel (Sold to Guillaume B. of Paris, France)

This amplifier is hand crafted with high quality audiophile components throughout, including gold plated, solid copper binding posts.  A well regulated power supply is set to the voltage I feel produces the most tube like sound from the TPA3116D2.  Listening tests have led me to choose a particular R type transformer that I feel sounds the best with the 3116.  The circuit boards used in this amp are insulated from vibration by elastomer pads.  Elastomer pads on the bottom of the support posts further isolate the chassis from vibration.  A highly respected Alps blue velvet volume pot, combined with my favorite hook-up wire combination is all part of the recipe.  I'm thrilled this amplifier will leave my hands and reside in Paris, France.   An amplifier built by an avid audiophile for a fellow audiophile. 

Brigg's Tobacco Can Lamp (Available)

Vintage Briggs pipe tobacco can with a globe shaped LET Edison style bulb.
Dimmer switch on back allows one to set the lumens to their desired brightness.
Vintage style twisted cotton cord and 1940's style plug.
Perfect addition to the man cave.

"Kishore Kumar" R-Type Transformer TPA3116 (Sold to Ashok G. of Lexington, MA)

This TPA3116D2 build has an internal power supply featuring an audiophile quality R type transformer pumping out 19 volts after rectification and 4700uf of extra power supply filtering.   Fully shielded copper input wiring and Kimber TCSS teflon coated, high purity copper output wire.  An Alps blue velvet potentiometer is graced with a machined aluminum knob.   

Edison Lamp (Sold to Glenn A. of Highlands Ranch, CO)

Three candelabra size "Edison" bulbs grace this black textured 7.5"x7.5"x2" aluminum enclosure.
A 1940's vintage working Weston panel meter is encased for decoration.  The warm glow from 
this lamp can be compared to three candles.   A dimmer switch is located on the back, which allows variable amounts of brightness levels.  A vintage style toggle switch on the front powers it up. A one of a kind, handmade lamp.
This same style lamp can be purchased for $225 plus actual shipping charges.

The "Edison" TPA3116D2 (Sold to Michael C. of Kirkland, Washington)

Make your office buddies jealous with this one of a kind amplifier that is as much art sculpture as it is audiophile amplifier.
Lighted sculpture that doubles as a desktop, one input, audiophile quality amplifier.
Edison style hairpin filament lightbulbs with variable dimming my means of the dimmer switch on the top of the amplifier.  (can be turned all the off with the same switch)
Chicken head knob on the left is the amplifier on/off.  Chicken head on the right is the volume control for the TPA3116D2.  35 Watts per channel.  Internal power supply from a high quality EI transformer.
Amplifier is equipped with a fuse and earth ground.  Includes a power cord.
$700 plus shipping.

"Monteverdi" TPA3116D2 with R Type Transformer (Sold to Joel J. of Troy, Michigan)

TPA3116D2 30 watts per channel.  R type transformer & highly regulated internal power supply circuitry.
Cardas solid copper binding posts.  Rean brand gold plated RCA connectors.  Rear mounted rotary switch.  (This amplifier can be left on as it uses tiny bits of electricity at idle)
Alps blue velvet volume potentiometer with large, machined aluminum knob.
Gorgeous sounding amp.

Beta 2 (Sold to Daniel H. of Portland, Oregon)

This amp has an expensive, hand wired, Dale resistor ladder stepped attenuator.
WWII vintage panel meter that functions when the unit is powered up.
Premium gold plated Dayton Audio binding posts and gold plated RCA connectors.

Beta Amp 1 with dual mono TPA3110D2 (Sold to Calvin P. of La Crosse, Wisconsin)

A few extra holes in the bottom plate as this amp was used to beta test a few different circuits.
Dual mono TPA3116D2 circuit boards.  8 watts per channel.  Dayton Audio premium nickel plated binding posts.  Alpha brand volume pot.
Working voltmeter.  Vintage style toggle switch and chicken head volume knob.
$165 plus shipping.

"Fender Tribute" TPA3116D2 Dual Mono amplifier (Sold to Sebastian B. of New York, NY)

A tribute to a legendary guitar maker based in California, USA.
Gorgeous metallic blue finish with genuine chrome plated Fender guitar neck plate and chrome plated Fender guitar knobs.
Insulated, gold plated binding posts.  Rean brand gold plated RCA connectors.
Alpha brand volume potentiometer and Alpha rotary power switch.
Neoprene isolated circuit boards and teflon coated solid copper wire throughout. 
Hand made, one of a kind, with sound that 50+ audiophiles have put their stamp of approval on. 

"Ukelele" TPA3116D2 (Sold to Randy G. of Kihei, Hawaii)

My first amp to make it to Hawaii.  In my haste to get this amplifier shipped out quickly, I neglected to get a photograph of it.  Thank you Randy, the owner of this amp for snapping a photo of it for the blog.  This amplifier was built with an Alps Blue Velvet volume pot.  "Blue/Black" TPA3116 circuit board.   Premium gold plated binding posts and no power switch at Randy's request.
Here is what Randy says about the sound paired with his Omega Super 7 MKII speakers:
"Love the amp, great definition, even at low volumes, low end is solid! My new main and only amp." 

"Art Pepper" Tribute TPA3116D2 Dual Input (Sold to Alton U. of Honolulu, Hawaii)

TPA3116D2 (YJ Blue/Black)
Two inputs selected with front panel mounted toggle switch.
Side mounted, vintage style, heavy duty toggle power switch.
Rean RCA connectors and high quality Connex brand binding posts.
Alpha brand volume pot with shielded copper input wire & teflon insulated copper output wire.
Gorgeous birdseye maple veneer on the faceplate with a faux bakelite knob.
Enclosure is 7.5"x7.5"x2.5"
Amplifier comes with an external power supply.
This amplifier is for sale at Caintuck Audio.   Visit their website at:

"Eric Dolphy" Dual Mono TPA3118 (Sold to Matt P. in Chicago, IL)

Dual mono with Alps Blue Velvet volume pot.  Premium solid brass, gold plated binding posts.
Rean gold plated RCA connectors.  Heavy gauge die-cast aluminum enclosure for maximum RFI & EMI blocking.  High purity copper, teflon insulated Kimber TCSS output wire and Teflon insulated twisted solid copper signal wiring.  WBT Silver solder.  Solid machined aluminum, powder coated volume knob.  As with all my amplifiers, the circuit board is supported on neoprene washers for vibration insulation.  3M bumpers on the bottom for additional chassis isolation.
Handmade to order by a fellow audiophile with a passion for music.
Comments from the new owner: The amp arrived Derek. Looks great and sounds even better! Pic attached.
Greater clarity, less harsh/glassy, and much more muscular/dynamic with my speakers

"Checkfield" TPA3116D2 (Sold to Richard K. of Las Vegas, NV)

"Blue/Black" TPA3116D2 circuit board.  15 watts per channel with the included power supply.  Connex brand gold plated, nylon insulated binding posts.
REAN brand RCA connectors.  Alps blue velvet volume pot.  Hammond die-cast aluminum enclosure with real exotic wood veneer.  Large, machined aluminum, powder coated volume knob.
Includes a 15V 4.3A power supply.
$225 plus $20 priority mail shipping.

"Dizzy" TPA3116 Dual Mono 3 input (Sold Robert P. of Staten Island, NY)

Loaded up with all the bells and whistles.  Dual Mono TPA3116 amp boards for up to 50 watts per channel.  Premium WBT style solid metal binding posts, three inputs with a boutique audiophile quality Goldpoint selector switch for maximum transparency.   Genuine Peavey guitar chrome plated, machined brass knobs.
Alps blue velvet volume control.  This amp includes a 24V 5A power supply.
Special note:  The volume control on this particular amp is situated on the left side.  The selector switch is on the right side.  This was done to facilitate a shorter signal path to these particular mono circuit boards.  If this is bothersome, this is not the amp for you.
$340 plus $20 priority mail shipping.

"Thelonious" TPA3116D2 Dual Mono (Sold to Ed M. of Woodstock, VT)

Dual Mono TPA3116D2.  Capable of 50 watts per channel.  The fleas have been hitting the gym and doing some serious power lifting.  Connex brand gold plated binding posts.  Rean RCA gold plated connectors, Hammond die-cast enclosure, real exotic wood veneer and vintage bakelite style "stove" knobs.
Rotary switch is on the left and the Alps Blue Velvet control is on the right.
Solid core high purity copper wiring throughout.
As with all of my amps, the circuit boards are supported and insulated from vibration by neoprene rubber pads. 3M rubber pads grace the bottom of the amp for additional vibration isolation.
$210 plus $20 priority mail shipping.

"Mingus" Dual Mono TPA3110D2 (Sold to Jeff T. of Beverly Hills, CA)

Dual TPA3110 mono circuit boards in a single chassis.  Some audiophiles still prefer the TPA3110 over the TPA3116.  It certainly is lovely sounding.  In the BTL configuration, the amp is capable of 30 watts per channel with a 24V power supply.  Around 15 watts per channel with included 12V power supply.
This build features a die-cast aluminum enclosure with excellent EMI & RFI blocking properties.  An Alps Blue Velvet volume pot has buttery smooth rotation.  Other features include, premium WBT style binding posts, gold plated Rean brand RCA inputs, textured black finish and real wood veneer on the front panel.  The rotary power switch and volume control are graced with vintage bakelite style knobs.
$230 plus $20 Priority Mail shipping.  Includes a power supply.

"Sonny Rollins" TPA3118D2 Dual Mono (Sold to Eric S. of Bonita Springs, FL)

Unique, hand made, Dual Mono TPA3118D2.  50 watts per channel.  Alpine white with black top and black bottom.  Die-cast aluminum enclosure for efficient RFI & EMI blocking.  When you hold this amplifier in your hands, it exudes hand made pride of craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Black powder coated solid machined aluminum volume knob. Premium gold plated binding posts.
Rean brand gold plated RCA connectors.  Heavy duty vintage style toggle switch on each side as each mono amp has it's own external power supply. Alps blue velvet volume pot.

"Renbourn" TPA3110 (Available at Caintuck Audio)

TPA3110  Approximately 3 watts into 8 ohms.  
Alpha volume pot.  Premium machined volume knob.  Vintage style toggle switch.
Textured black paint.  Premium machined aluminum volume knob. Audiophile grade wiring.  
Connex brand, gold plated binding posts.  REAN brand gold plated RCA connectors.  Includes external power supply.
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