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LaFayette LA-224A stereo tube amp – $269 free ship USA.
I think this little Japanese-made stereo tube amp is in beautiful cosmetic condition. Previous owner REALLY took effort to keep it looking as close to new as possible.
I made some basic repairs to it. It needed some caps replaced (regular and electrolytic), so it has a lot of new caps now. Controls and switches were sprayed with Deoxit. New polarized line cord installed. New 2A GE inrush current limiter installed.
The installed tubes are a variety of original Japanese-made and some American tubes that were installed at some time in the past. The 5AR4 has been replaced with a plug-in solid-state replacement using ultra-fast UF4007 diodes. It also uses 4 of EL84-6BQ5 (2 per channel as outputs), and 5 of 12AX7 (2 are used for phono only). These tubes are installed and included except, as noted, no 5AR4. The volume control is what you find on many 60s Japanese amps — it is not ganged — so the volume for each channel is rotated separately. I actually prefer this setup vs having a separate balance control, but I suppose some people prefer the more traditional ganged stereo volume control that adjusts both channels simultaneously.
The amp sounds very good now in my opinion, and distortion is less than 1% at approx 10 watts/ch output as measured by my distortion meter. In my opinion, you should strongly consider installing new tubes for significantly better performance — I would recommend new EL84 outputs and if possible, new 12ax7 tubes would be nice, too. The amp is cathode biased. It has 3 inputs (AUX – TUNER – PHONO) and output impedance is switchable 8/16 ohms. The power switch is original push-button, and occasionally is a little touchy. Since this was only a standard repair and not a “complete rebuild”, I am not offering any warranty. Overall, a very attractive and solid stereo tube amp.