Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

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Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by ViperZ » Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:47 pm

(moved to offer to newbies too).

I went with a tube amplifier in my 2-channel system (Dynaco ST-70), so just recovering some funding.

Carver TFM-24 amplifier for sale. 225W/ch into 8-Ohms stereo, 350W/ch into 4-Ohms stereo, 350W/ch into 8-Ohm mono. Same amp as TFM-25, but with LED meters in front instead of analog meters.
Condition is very good. The only thing is that previous owner replaced the original binding posts with giant gold-plated binding posts, which are supposed to take 6 or 8 AWG wiring. He did not do a good job doing the cutout. I resoldered and cleaned all connections, so it functions perfect.

Price: $280 + shipping

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by peck555 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:04 pm

I'd be interested if it is still available.

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by Toy Maker » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:05 pm

I never paid alot of attention to the 22 and 42... bud damn... those look pretty Lightstar'ish !!!! :-k

Do they have LED's behind the face, or light bulbs ??
DAMN that would look SWEET with Lightstar Blue LEDs running in it !!!

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by DaveS » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:53 pm

How do you like the Dyanco, and did you build it or buy it aready put together?
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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by thuffman03 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:18 pm

Toy Maker wrote:Do they have LED's behind the face, or light bulbs ??
I am pretty sure they are LED's. Beemers417 has a TFM 42 and I think it will be down at Carverfest as a backup amp.
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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by ViperZ » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:55 pm

Toy Maker wrote:I never paid alot of attention to the 22 and 42... bud damn... those look pretty Lightstar'ish !!!! :-k

Do they have LED's behind the face, or light bulbs ??
DAMN that would look SWEET with Lightstar Blue LEDs running in it !!!
Hey, yeah, they are red LEDs. From what I found, you really need to push this amp to higher volumes to get the LEDs running up and down. The way I use(d) it - I'd be lucky if the LEDs went up to 3 squares, lol.

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by ViperZ » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:59 pm

DaveS wrote:How do you like the Dyanco, and did you build it or buy it aready put together?
I bought the Dynaco already built (vintage build, cloth-covered leads on the transformers - not sure if it really matters, in my opinion). Replaced all electrolytic caps, including a big multi-capacitor can. Replaced input and output connectors, and replaced the power cord. I also worked on the board a little bit to clean it up, re-soldered all solder joints - just minor stuff.

The amp is really good, and a lot of people are surprised that it runs my rebuilt maggies (MGII) without any problems (that's only 35 Watts per channel).

On the other hand, I got Dynaco PAM-2 preamp (I believe, that's the model number). Rebuilt it (replaced a lot of parts), rewired most of it, cleaned all the switches... and I don't like it :(. It hums a little bit on phono - I guess, it's the nature of those old vintage designs. And it doesn't sound as good as I expected it. I am really thinking of going back to Carver C-1 / Cambridge Audio 640P combination for my phono (these two will stay in my system for a long time, as a reference).

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by BillD » Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:13 pm

I don't think you can get a quieter phono preamp than SS. Not necessarily more musical, but quiet, yes.
It should sound like it isn't there!
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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by beemers417 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:23 pm

I am bringing two TFM-42's down to the fest for back up. Trade bait????
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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by ViperZ » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:34 pm

peck555 wrote:I'd be interested if it is still available.
I did reply to your e-mail. PM / e-mail me your zip code for shipping cost. Thanks.

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by peck555 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:20 am

PM'd you, been working and haven't been on the site.

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by peck555 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:48 pm

Hey ViperZ, where are you? I want your amp. 8-[

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by peck555 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:23 pm

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by peck555 » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:32 pm

Never mind, OCCD kicked in, I don't need it any more. 8)

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Re: Carver TFM-24 Amplifier

Post by ViperZ » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:57 pm

Haven't been to this site for a looong time. OCCD has still been clicking, and I am a happy owner of M-1.5t now. Upgraded/replaced the big electrolytic caps in it, and it sings... Which means TFM-24 is just sitting quietly in the corner. $280+shipping is the deal on this amp.

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