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the Lightstar pre on Ebay

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nooshinjohn

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Post Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:28 pm

the Lightstar pre on Ebay

This one has been teasing me for almost a month now. I made what I thought was a fair offer on it but was turned away, and within the past day or so, the seller contacted me to see if I would extend the offer again. To be honest, this one scares me a bit because no remote means dead pre.

This one appears to come with everything including the box, but at over 20 years old, the question is who can fix it should something go wrong at what cost... can they even be fixed.


I want to pull the trigger here but I just don't know enough to make a good call here. What say you guys?
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:39 am

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

Do you mean the one on eBay for $2100?
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:11 am

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

BTW it states the original remote is included.
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:33 am

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

kingman wrote:Do you mean the one on eBay for $2100?



That would be the one... I know it has the remote, but for the 1750 I offered, I still feel somewhat hesitant to bite on this one.
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:32 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

It's a great preamp, very neutral, and a perfect match for the Lightstar amp. What are you going to run it with, your tube amps?
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

There is a ic in the pre if it ever fails, it is a boat anchor . No ic substitute , or work around . That is what I know. I also have a remote for a lightstar pre.
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:05 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

I had one for a short time and it sounded extremely good. I sold it on eBay and the buyer contacted me about a year and a half later asking me if I could find him another one. I asked him what happened and he said the IC failed-- he sent it to Rolland and apparently his entire set has been used up already as they seem to fail quite often. This was the first I'd ever heard of this problem and I went to Hi-Tech's website and it said in big letters "no more chips for the Lightstar Pre." So yeah, they have a tendency to fail and become nice, expensive door stops.
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:17 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

Too much money and too much risk. Pass.
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:19 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

I wouldn't mind a Lightstar case though for a DIY amp lol... would make a really nice chassis for sure!

But not at that price LOL.....
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Post Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:48 pm

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

The response from the seller...

Dear nooshinjohn1,

I understand where you're coming from.

Two things about the remote...first, it's really big because it has many discrete devices, which means you could actually replace individual parts on it if something ever failed. This is unlike most remotes that are either a sealed case that can't be opened, or more like a pcb style with tiny devices. This remote can actually be taken apart.

The second thing to mention is that if for some reason the remote failed and was non-repairable, a universal remote would operate the unit. Even if you didn't know the exact codes, you could program a learning remote as soon as you received the unit and that way you would always have a backup. Just some thoughts that I had.

The final thing to mention is that this preamp, like most older preamps, contains mostly discrete devices. What this means is most reputable repair shops should be able to fix the most common causes of trouble that usually occur in any preamp or amp, which is usually either a a capacitor or transistor gone bad.

Think about it a bit, and if you end up getting comfortable with it, just get back to me.

Thanks for getting back in contact with me.

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Post Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:41 am

Re: the Lightstar pre on Ebay

I can not beleave some one could not reproduce the ic for this preamp but no one has tried!
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