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Sunday, May 28, 2017

News from the ELROG Tube Factory 7


In the last news update it was mentioned that new tube types are considered for development.

Responses so far had been quite positive and there seems to be the highest interest in an ELROG 801A. This would also serve as a replacement for the 10Y and all derivates: VT25, VT25A, VT62. The 801A would share the same filament design with the 50 since both use 7.5V/1.25A. So it would make sense to develop both types together.

Since the development, testing and launch of new tube types involves considerable cost, we decided to do a crowd funding type of financing. This means you can support the development of new tube types! All you need to do is simply placing a pre order for one or more pairs of the new types. Once enough pre orders are received, development will start. In case the goal of 50 pairs (combined 50 and 801A) is not reached, all pre payments will be refunded. As an early supporter you will get a better price.

The pre order price per pair ER801A or ER50 will be:

Germany : 1050,- Euros, 19% VAT and shipping included.
European Union : 1060,- Euros, 19% VAT and shipping included
Rest of world : export price: 900,- Euros, shipping included

After market introduction the price will be increased by 100,- Euros.
Payments can be received by bank transfer or PayPal. Please send an email to info (at) elrog (dot) com or to thomas (at) vinylsavor (dot) de if you want to place a pre order.

In case you want to support the development of these types, but don't need any tubes, you can do so by making a donation. Donations will be rewarded with a small gift.

For donations of 50,- Euros or more we will send an ELROG T-shirt in thoriated tungsten yellow to you.

Donations of 100,- Euros or more will be rewarded with a T-shirt and ELROG coffee mug.

And for donations of 250,- or more you will receive a T-shirt, mug and 2 ELROG champagne glasses.

For larger donations or pre orders we will arrange a factory tour for you if interested. You need to cover your travel expenses, we will provide local accommodation.

Donations can be received by PayPal to thomas (at) vinylsavor (dot) de. Or by bank transfer.

Once the funding goal of 50 pairs of tubes is reached it will be announced here. If the funding proceeds a planned we expect to ship the new tubes before end of this year.

Best regards


Monday, May 22, 2017

High End 2017 - recap


Just arrived back home and finished unloading. Time to write a last post about the High End show.

It's been a great time filled with tunes, talks and tubes.

I'd like to thank all visitors for the feedback and great discussions! And to all co-exhibitors.

Charles 'Chuck' Michlin of Azzolina Audio, who celebrated his birthday during the show.

He hauled over two beautiful pairs of speakers all the way from France.

Thanks to Bernd Hemmen of PrimaryControl for taking care of the analog front end in room F231c.

His new Field Coil Loaded tone arm was a revelation!

Also a big Thank You to Martin Brenner of Vinylista and Thomas Schick for the superb analog front end in room F231e.

And for the beautiful racks!

I am also glad that Vincent Brient of totaldac provided a DAC and server for us to play digital!

And of course to Wolf von Langa for raising the bar with his new Audio Frame speaker line.

A very special thank you to Frank Wogatzki for running the 78rpm shellac sessions and for sharing his knowledge and passion!

And last but not least a big, big Thank You to Camilla, Anja, Hildegard, Emmanuel, Gunter and Bernd. Without You pulling off two such rooms at the High End would not have been possible!

And not to forget: Thanks to the High End Society for keeping the Show alive and kicking and for making it better every year.

While we are at it I also want to pay my respect to the team of Silbatone.

Their contribution to the show provides a very different perspective and is quite educational.

Here a video of Joe Roberts explaining this years speakers.

See you all again next year!

Best regards


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Live from Munich : High End 2017 - Part 10, Day 3


The 3rd day of the Munich High End show comes to an end. Here some impressions from today.

Calamighty Sound has a booth together with Thomas Schick who provided the tonearm for our system.

I visited their booth today.

Since they are offering a cartridge cleaning service I brought my old Lyra Skala which has seen some extensive use over many years.

Francois took care of it and first inspected it under the microscope.

Shocking how much dirt particles accumulated over the years.

Francois doing some initial cleaning:

Looks much better already:

Cantilever, needle and internals will need some more care:

So I left the cartridge with them to take back to their workshop and to do a thorough overhaul.

Check out these beauties at their booth:

We had good times in our room with great visitors and good talks.

During the day we swapped between the big and small speakers several times and also between the PP 300B amps and the SE211s.

Here a sound clip with the small speakers:

Another one:

The preference between the speakers was split. Some prefer the big ones others the smaller.

Here a quick peek into the Silbatone room at the 3rd show day.

Sound clip:

Another one:

One more day to go. Visit us in rooms F231c and F231e!

Best regards


Live from Munich : High End 2017 - Part 9, Aftershow Party


Every show day ends with a small celebration.

We spin some vinyls just for ourselves.

And enjoy some vino along with it.

The best way to end a successful High End show day.

Best regards