It took me some planning and time to put this project on schedule. Finding a good matching power supply for the two EMT 139a units as well as a proper case were the next steps.
Both mono units are in excellent condition, electronic parts exchanged by Mundorf and other brands.
In Part I the building of the box as well as the completion of the phono pre is described.
So how does it sound? I was prepared to listen to a different sound as of by modern phono stages. Nevertheless I was pretty surprised to learn how beautiful these 60 years old vintage EMT units are playing.
In combination with the EMT R80 table and the Neumann DST cart it sounds smooth, relaxed, not coming with high resolution, also providing a little more noise than modern units.
These very rare EMTs have their own flavor, are great for some type of Jazz and easy on the ear. It is somehow a new listening adventure in my system and does remind me of Western Electric horn installations. Kodachrome like. Not too bad!