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Retro Instruments Gold Edition Sta-Level Tube Compression Amplifier
Old 11th May 2006
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Retro Instruments Gold Edition Sta-Level Tube Compression Amplifier

Vintage King is advertising the

Retro Instruments Gold Edition Sta-Level Tube Compression Amplifier

Anyone tried, or heard anything about, this thing?

I wonder if this the reissue thethrillfactor was talking about in these threads:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/60564-price-gates-sta-level-post608269.html

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-end/60096-dream-studio-needs-comps-post603578.html
Old 11th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Steamy Williams

Its not actually.


I'll check this one out though.
Old 11th May 2006 | Show parent
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I saw it a week or two ago and was poking around the internet looking for any other mentions, but I couldn't turn up any. I wonder how close it could be to actual production.

-marc
Old 18th May 2006 | Show parent
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oooooohhhhhh I want two!
Old 25th May 2006 | Show parent
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Seems interesting. Does it have any of the features that people mod old Sta-Levels to have, like attack and release? Considering old ones are pushing the $1500+ envelope lately, getting one with a warranty doesn't sound so bad. I wonder what brand of transformers they are using? At least you can get it with the 6386.

Edit: Just saw it on the Vintage King site and alas no attack or release. Looks awesome though.
Old 26th May 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by thethrillfactor
Its not actually.


I'll check this one out though.
please let us know what you think.
Old 26th May 2006 | Show parent
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WTF- no attack/release?

That seems really odd.
Old 26th May 2006 | Show parent
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Looks kind of DIY-ish... $2350 is a premium, when the vintage units are half that..
Old 30th May 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Colin Gaucher
I think the same (not the DIY part though). You would figure they would have attack and release on there to update it, but I guess it would'nt be a true blue Sta Level copy then.

LA2A's don't have attack and release, and I never thought "Gee, if this had attack and release, it would be cool." I think that just is what it is.

You can tell is sounds great just from the picture.
Old 30th May 2006 | Show parent
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I just figured since a lot of used Sta levels I have looked at buying, had the mods done to them. I know UA stays true to the old design but you know how some companies "reissues" get the add-on-feature treatment or a modernization of some sort as well.
Old 30th May 2006 | Show parent
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$2350.00?
F*Ck that..
I got a clean one last year for 800 bones.stike
Old 23rd October 2006 | Show parent
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Did anyone try this out?

the retro sta level got a good tape op review so what about slutz......?
Old 23rd October 2006 | Show parent
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I tried one ..it's fine ..but over priced condsidering I've found them used for $500-800 bucks in the last couple years.
Old 24th October 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by RoundBadge ➑️
I tried one ..it's fine ..but over priced condsidering I've found them used for $500-800 bucks in the last couple years.
Unfortunately, it appears that train has sailed...even original ones of questionable condition are going on ebay these days for twice those prices.
Old 24th October 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by max cooper ➑️
LA2A's don't have attack and release, and I never thought "Gee, if this had attack and release, it would be cool." I think that just is what it is.

You can tell is sounds great just from the picture.

New versions do have adj. attack and release now. Done internally with a switch I beleive.
Old 8th December 2006 | Show parent
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Just got one from VintageKing for demo. I'll report in more depth later. It sounds really good, a unique compressor compared to the classic 1147, dbx160VU, etc. It is awful pricey. On the other hand a Collins 26U-1 sold for over 2700 on Ebay last week.
Old 14th December 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Tamra ➑️
Just got one from VintageKing for demo. I'll report in more depth later.
Any further views??
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