PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS CAREFULLY! Look carefully at the faceplate -- it's highly reflective and difficult to photograph, so I've included several close-ups. Under chassis photos of electronic parts are included, too.What you see is exactly what you get. Here's a very nice example of the classic Pilot 245-A integrated tube amplifier. This model is highly sought after by vintage enthusiasts because it is essentially Pilot's integrated version of the coveted Pilot SP-210 preamplifier and Pilot SA-232 tube amplifier. These are very desirable models -- among the best sounding EL84 integrated. He disconnected all the aged electrolytic can capacitors and replaced them with Sprague Atoms underneath, and the old coupling caps were replaced with 716P Orange Drops. He also replaced some resistors that were out of spec and made several other updates to ensure long-term reliability. SEE PHOTOS of the insides, you can see that his work was top-notch.
I used this for five hours or so--- it sounds wonderful. I looked for one of these for years.....
This amp is USED and OLD and best appreciated by a vintage tube enthusiast or collector. It is functional but quirky. I had not used this amp in quite a while, but recently I put it in the system with a CD source through the Tape Head (line level) input. I re-seated a couple of tubes (for contact integrity) and it settled in to make beautiful music for hours.
This amp is almost 70 years old with most of its original parts; you should expect a bit of fiddling now and then. The switches and knobs might be touchy, and the tube sockets might need a cleaning but the transformers and power supply are in good health. Because it was in a console the face plate is not attached to the amplifier -- the knobs hold it on but loosely -- it would be easy for you to fashion a way to make it more secure. The tubes included are a mix of Russian and Chinese modern production, and some vintage tubes in the preamp section. They currently work but I cannot guarantee them because they have not been tested recently.
The item "Pilot 245-A stereo tube integrated amplifier EL84 - Gorgeous" is in sale since Monday, July 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\Vintage Electronics\Vintage Audio & Video\Vintage Amplifiers & Tube Amps". The seller is "jdprimus" and is located in Berkeley, California. This item can be shipped to United States.