This preamp is a wonderful bargain and a great entry point into tubed preamps.
The CL-32 utilizes no less than 7 tubes to get the job done, indicating that the renowned Japanese firm did not take any shortcuts in the design or implementation.
You’ll often see Audio Research tube preamps costing $3-5k with just a single tube for both channels. There is no lack of features either, featuring 2 tape loops, 2 phono inputs with selectable input impedance, a subsonic filter, and nifty linear EQ. Best of all it’s hand made in Japan. Condition is very good with only a few slight scratches. Functionally its perfect and fully tested in our lab.
Tubes are strong and close in spec to each other. Pots are quiet and clean.