Hagerman Audio Labs Introduces Trumpet MC-Vacuum Tube Phonostage

The 3rd generation Hagerman Audio Labs Trumpet MC, according to the designer, "...maintains the superb sonic performance of the original, while cleverly cutting costs via technological advancements.

"The circuit remains fully balanced from input to output, including power supply. Equalization is split-passive with no feedback employed anywhere, resulting in a neutral non-fatiguing sonic presentation. Heaters are DC and a highly specialized internal low-noise boost converter generates B+ and B- rails (after a 40-second delay). A novel differential JFET front-end provides variable gain and loading capabilities needed for MC operation. With this flexibility any cartridge can be used, even MM. Premium components are used throughout, such as polypropylene capacitors and metal film resistors. The aluminum chassis has a rugged powdercoat, and is designed to match the Tuba" (the company's headphone amplifier, not the musical instrument). The $1099 Trumpet MC is currently sale priced at $999.00.

The "naked" photo is sexier than the safer, more austere enclosed one:


47, 100, 220, 470, 1k, 47k ohm input impedance
45dB, 55dB, 60dB, 64dB, 68dB gain
220pF loading
10Hz to 50kHz bandwidth (-3dB)
70dBA ref 0.5mV signal-to-noise
0.04% @ 3Vrms distortion
22Vrms @ 1% overload
+/-0.5dB equalization
12AX7 x 4, 12AU7 x 2
6 x 10 x 3.5 inches
3 pounds
15Vdc @ 2.05A
120V/240V operation
Includes power supply & tubes
Free shipping!

Gazny's picture

Hope to read a review of this phono preamp. I have a few friends who love the equipment from Hagerman, and have recommended this to me as part of my upgrade path.

Tom L's picture

it plays the five-note sequence from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

clarets's picture

This looks like a really interesting phono stage at a great price! Please review!