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  • Vendetta SCP2-D

    Myles had opined that I should post something on the phono stage in my main system, as it is a rare one and one of the later revisions, as I had sent it to John Curl a few years ago for updating.

    An excellent review of this phono stage can be seen at http://www.stereophile.com/phonoprea...4LgqbFOKptp.97

    They compared it with numerous other phono stages, none of which bettered it.

    Being a mere hobbyist, rather than a reviewer, one doesn't have the opportunity very frequently to do A/B comparisons of gear, but as it happens, a friend wanted to bring his phono stage, a competent $2400 one by Art Audio, called The Vinyl One, which had received favourable reviews.

    We spent a fair bit of time with well recorded material listening to the Art Audio stage and found it to be a pleasant sounding unit. Then we switched to the Vendetta and the first thing we noticed was an instant expansion of the sound stage. The Vinyl One had presented a good stable stage between the speakers, but the Vendetta had a sound stage that extended well beyond the width of the speakers themselves as well as somehow adding more height information. We also noted that it retrieved more subtle detail, although my tube head friend felt that it lacked the sweetness and romantic tone he was fond of.

    System is Koetsu Urushi, SME V, TNT V, Conrad Johnson Premier 14, Rowland 5, Wilson Audio Maxx 2.

    The Vendetta ceased production in the early 1990s and last cost c. $3,000 new. There is one further revision possible, to the 2CP2-T, which adds some Teflon caps to the mix.

    Another review - http://www.tonepublications.com/anal...2-phono-stage/

    It would be most interesting to compare an SCP2-T with a CTC Blowtorch with phono (also a Curl design). Apparently the FETs used in the Vendetta are no longer available, and while you couldn't expect any public statement that the Vendetta sounded better than the new amp, I have seen intimations of that opinion being held.

    PS - FWIW, it has been stated that only about 200 Vendettas were made and only about 6 were converted to 'T' spec.
    Main:VPI TNT V, SME V, Koetsu Urushi, Vendetta SCP2-D, Conrad Johnson Premier 14, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a, Wilson Maxx 2, Inouye power conditioner, Moon 280D DAC

    #2 Sota Cosmos, SME V, Lyra Clavis, Bryston BP17, Conrad Johnson Premier 15 phono, Classe DR3 VHC, Martin Logan CLS, Hegel HD12 DAC

    #3 Classe DR-7, Classe DR3 VHC bridged monos + PSE V monos (bass), Classe DAC1 DAC, Vandersteen 4A

    #4 (AV) Marantz AV 7702 Mk2, Rowland 5, Wilson Maxx 2, Vandersteen VSM-1 (x4), Hsu VTF-15H Mk 2 (x2)

  • #2
    A classic! That unit, the Blowtorch, and the old Expressive Technologies step up are on my short list of vintage pieces to hear.

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    • pcosta
      pcosta commented
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      I have a friend that owns the Blowtorch, and I use the Expressive Tech SU-1 in my set up.

  • #3
    I owned one in the late 1980s and it was terrific. At the time I particularly liked the name John gave it given all he had been through.
    Thiel 7.2s, Manley NeoClassic 250s, Wadia 850, MIT Oracle V3 speaker cables, MIT MI-350 Oracle interconnects, Black Diamond Racing Shelves and Cones in a dedicated room with ASC Tube Traps, Room Tunes and 3 X 20 amp dedicated circuits.

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    • #4
      This unit seems to have only two types of owners - the ecstatically delighted that are current owners and the regretful former owners who can't seem to recall what ever made them sell their Vendettas.
      Main:VPI TNT V, SME V, Koetsu Urushi, Vendetta SCP2-D, Conrad Johnson Premier 14, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a, Wilson Maxx 2, Inouye power conditioner, Moon 280D DAC

      #2 Sota Cosmos, SME V, Lyra Clavis, Bryston BP17, Conrad Johnson Premier 15 phono, Classe DR3 VHC, Martin Logan CLS, Hegel HD12 DAC

      #3 Classe DR-7, Classe DR3 VHC bridged monos + PSE V monos (bass), Classe DAC1 DAC, Vandersteen 4A

      #4 (AV) Marantz AV 7702 Mk2, Rowland 5, Wilson Maxx 2, Vandersteen VSM-1 (x4), Hsu VTF-15H Mk 2 (x2)

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      • #5
        Is John Curl still able to service these units?

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        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          I don't think JC does and hasn't for a long while. he hangs out at diyaudio.com you could link up with him there. I have a B model Vendetta, I keep it around because if I sell it, It will be harder to reacquire one. but I also know if it takes a dump I probably will end up with a fancy door stop. the FETs inside have become nigh impossible to source.

      • #6
        He upgraded mine, but that was a few years ago now.
        He is still active and can probably be talked into doing the odd unit if you aren't in a great hurry.
        Main:VPI TNT V, SME V, Koetsu Urushi, Vendetta SCP2-D, Conrad Johnson Premier 14, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a, Wilson Maxx 2, Inouye power conditioner, Moon 280D DAC

        #2 Sota Cosmos, SME V, Lyra Clavis, Bryston BP17, Conrad Johnson Premier 15 phono, Classe DR3 VHC, Martin Logan CLS, Hegel HD12 DAC

        #3 Classe DR-7, Classe DR3 VHC bridged monos + PSE V monos (bass), Classe DAC1 DAC, Vandersteen 4A

        #4 (AV) Marantz AV 7702 Mk2, Rowland 5, Wilson Maxx 2, Vandersteen VSM-1 (x4), Hsu VTF-15H Mk 2 (x2)

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        • #7
          I own the SCP2-T and yes John assured me he will still service the Units

          Soc

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