Warning - this got longer than I thought it might. Typical. There she is. She won't win any beauty contests, she's old, and she does need a little TLC. Not much, but I actually like that I kind of have to work at this thing a little bit. Because in my somewhat-limited amplifier auditioning experience, I've not met a gal like her before. Thought I had, but, well there was a reason I went shopping. Backstory - based on the positive reviews of the Schiit Aegir mono setup, I tried a pair along with a Freya S. I was enchanted by the sound - poised, good inner detail, good sense of space, powerful, but unfortunately just not quite powerful enough for my listening style + my appreciation of loud, dynamic music with 4-ohm Dynaudio speakers. I was a jilted lover. I can't overstate this - I was honestly sad I had to send them back. But I talked it over with a buddy who suggested I look at some old Pass/Threshold stuff, Krell, basically old-school Class A amps. And then he threw out the name "Bedini" which I'd never heard of. I researched, thought hey, that could work but they don't pop up used often. And then this one did. So I bought it from a very nice man in Idaho who I still talk back and forth with. Something I love about this hobby; if you're so inclined, just buying a used piece of gear introduces you to a like-minded individual with which you can share triumphs, defeats, and all that. He was very open about the condition of the amp, and we decided to move forward and I'd buy it. It arrived safely, but immediately upon hookup, I didn't have a right channel. Turns out the RCA jacks on this amp are every bit of 30 years old and in need of replacement. The innards were shot. No biggie, I can do that. After a few days, while repairing that, I had also popped out the inline speaker fuses (yes, this amp has fuses for each speaker lead, panel mount cartridge style jobs) and introduced another issue - those, too, are old and don't make perfect contact even if you think they have. So I fixed the RCA jack but still had no sound in that channel. Figured out the fuse situation I unwittingly created and I was off and running. Mind you this was after 4 days of listening to this amp, and was already witness to something pretty special. And personally, I just want to breathe a little fresh life into this thing, up to my capabilities to do so. It had all of its main caps, even the huge ones in the center of the amp recently replaced with ones exceeding the stock spec. They're from Mouser, so we're not talking about caps made with Griffin urine and regurgitated truffle moss, but I'm thinking that doesn't matter... So it's a little odd describing this amp. For one thing, there aren't many of these floating around. Also, the Aegirs are the closest I've heard to a true Class A amp, but I knew I really enjoyed them, moreso than the upgraded Odyssey Stratos Extreme I've been using for two years. And IMO, the Odyssey is no slouch, I was genuinely happy with it until I heard what I didn't know existed with the Aegirs. So anyway, I don't write this to get people to go out and buy up Bedini amps. There are real risks associated with an amp like this - lack of service, parts, and just general information about them. It's an uneasy feeling, but it's so damn worth it. The amp has a hand-wound transformer. It is fed directly from the wall. No IEC plug, no power switch. You unplug it when you're done. When you plug it in, you can see the plug arc inside the wall outlet. The 200/200 don't play. The sound? I can only describe it as authoritative. Grip and speed and detail in abundance. It draws a convincing image. It also makes music SO MUCH FUCKING FUN to listen to. Seriously, I'm looking for any of the best recordings I can find; I feel like it's going to deliver them with honesty, authority, and not break a sweat. Shitty, compressed recordings? While it doesn't magically transform them, it does seem to breathe a little life into them. Upon hooking it up and listening to a few reference tracks, it was apparent I had way too much bass. I turned down the crossover on each sub, and turned down the gain 3 clicks each. I run my Dyns at full range, and the subs crossed over at 42 Hz, now about 39 Hz. That brought everything together, but I still had more bass than before. But it's not muddy or bloated. It has weight and definition and speed. Playing the Sheffield Drum Record down here now is an experience, not just an album. The sounds of the Final Fantasy game series played by an Orchestra on Distant Worlds? Glorious, fun, with excellent realism. I've got a Chinese Drum album coming in the mail. I'm an "album listener" but as I acclimate to gear, I tend to focus on just certain tracks. But I find myself still listening to all the stuff in between because it just has this liveliness and character to it. It's absolutely startling in the midrange and with a well-recorded tom. If it has any fault, I'd say the lower midrange is a little hot. That's it, it's all I can think of. And unfortunately I'm not a musician so I can't give specifics, but a Lee Rittenour disc I just finished up got a little bloomy on the lower strings of an electric guitar. But, for all I know, that's probably just how it is supposed to sound on that recording. Most importantly, this amp never runs out of steam. Turn up the volume and every frequency range rises accordingly and as expected. With the Odyssey, it was excellent at about 60-75% listening levels but as the night wore on and the volume rose, it sort of collapsed in on itself. Midrange popped out, but the foundation never came with it. The stage shrunk and flattened. Not with the Bedini. It just does what it does at 50%, at 100%. And I would place a hefty wager on the fact that changing out the old, worn RCA jacks to a nice set of WBT jacks helped in the dynamics department. I mean, the one jack just literally fell apart as I took it out, can't imagine that was doing this thing any favors. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm quite happy. And for all I know, maybe it doesn't sound "right" or "perfect." I just know it sounds really, really great to me. Thanks for reading, sorry this got so long!