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Which UTC O-12 for 1176 build - EA or Cinemag?
Old 7th March 2016
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Which UTC O-12 for 1176 build - EA or Cinemag?

Which of the Ed Anderson C-3837 and the Cinemag 3303 versions of the UTC O-12 input transformer gives the most authentic tone to a DIY 1176 build?

Comments from anybody who has tried both and compared to an orginal 1176 much appreciated.
Old 10th March 2016
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bump for another try
Old 10th March 2016
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I did my 1176 with Lundahls which worked fine. That said, for my own line of audio products, I use Cinemag and nothing else. I've been to the factory more times than I can count and Dave is about the most helpful person I've met. I also know that Dave makes the transformers used on the Limited Edition Universal Audio products.

I know that that isn't the answer you are looking for but it is all I have.

Please let us know how it all turns out.
Old 9th April 2016
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why not just buy the real thing and be done with it. if you just need one, they are all over ebay us - around 100 quid. or you can spend half and worry forever.
Old 10th April 2016
I use Jensen JT-11 BM here. Same size, easy fit. 80% nickle core instead of steel, lower THD, greater bandwidth, etc. It removes some of the ugly aspects of that design.
Old 18th May 2016
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