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RE: 8200 Scratchy Volume Control.

The amp runs hot no matter what tubes I am using, I'm not concerned with that. I figure they call them Thermionic valves for a reason. I have a 15w Otl power amp that uses 12 tubes total and keeps the room toasty while in use! I think you will like the BK-12ms, I had these and sold them to a friend when I built the BK-20s. They sound great and with your subs you should have good coverage. The Fostex full-range drivers require an extended break-in period, they are pretty harsh and shouty out of the box. A nice gentleman gave me a painless method; place the speakers face to face somewhere out of the way(spare room, garage etc.), say about 8" apart. Wire one out of phase with the other. I used a chip amp and my PMP set on a loop to play continuously. Threw a blanket over them and left them alone for about 4 days, which took the edge off considerably. Sounds crazy but it works, and nobody had to listen to it.

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