I/C MFA baby classic - Black  [SOLD]

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I/C MFA baby classic - Black  [SOLD]

Postby callen24 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:12 pm

I am considering selling this, just want to check if there is interest?

This is v2 transformer
it is branded stevens and billington - the MFA parent company
it comes with a basic box
it has two inputs and two out puts - one is XLR ,the other RCA.
Black dial

If you need two RCA inputs, this is not a problem - i will include adaptors, which i use.

I am in 2 minds, but financial situation means I need to sell, but happy to wait for a fair price.
I plan to run my DAC directly into AMP INSTEAD

I had a mk1 classic before, and this clearly sounded better
PM for more info, or visit for a demo
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby julianh » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:41 pm

How much are you looking for for this?
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Pre: Stevens & Billington Baby Classic
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:53 pm

julianh wrote:How much are you looking for for this?



PM ME with what you think is the going price?
surely you are happy with your freya?
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby julianh » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:58 pm

The Freya is very good but I did notice a drop in the low end performance when I moved from my previous MFA to it. It’s always good to have an alternative on hand. :D I haven’t any idea what your pre-amp might be worth hence I asked what you were looking for. However I’ll give some thought as to a possible value and may PM you later.
Sources: Cyrus CDXT Signature, Cyrus Stream X Signature, Linn Sondek LP12 (Basik Plus, AT440MLa, Khan, Lingo 2, Trichord Dino Mk3 & Dino+)
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:20 pm

julianh wrote:The Freya is very good but I did notice a drop in the low end performance when I moved from my previous MFA to it. It’s always good to have an alternative on hand. :D I haven’t any idea what your pre-amp might be worth hence I asked what you were looking for. However I’ll give some thought as to a possible value and may PM you later.

i ask in case you want to consider freya plus cash for MFA?
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby hifinutt » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:42 pm

just a query callen , i thought the baby classic had the same transformer as the classic , just with less inputs etc .

from the mfa site

The Baby Classic pre amplifier is based on the award winning and much loved Classic pre amplifier. The Baby Classic pre amp is a 2 input 2 output device with the usual Music First Audio options of either RCA or balanced inputs and outputs. A 24 position volume switch and 3 position ground lift switch.
1]bc pre 3 vbs
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:08 pm

hifinutt wrote:just a query callen , i thought the baby classic had the same transformer as the classic , just with less inputs etc .

from the mfa site

The Baby Classic pre amplifier is based on the award winning and much loved Classic pre amplifier. The Baby Classic pre amp is a 2 input 2 output device with the usual Music First Audio options of either RCA or balanced inputs and outputs. A 24 position volume switch and 3 position ground lift switch.


it is, but not the original, the current v2, which they just call the classic
they keep a record and can let you know what transformer is inside your mfa
the original, as far as I know, is identiitical to current version except for a developed , and larger coil. ie inputs etc, structure remain the same
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby hifinutt » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:39 pm

thanks callen , incidentally having had 6 mfa passive i am listening to the freya passive for past few weeks [ previously used valve option on freya ] and it does not dissapoint . would love to compare the 2 in a system one day

Had the v2 copper classic about 4 years ago and it was super and this little mfa baby would be super for someone .
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby angelface » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:58 am

This is very similar to mine except I only have a single XLR input but with a 31 step volume control.

Very highly recommended with Cyrus or Belcanto Dacs matched with Cyrus power amps.
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:36 am

angelface wrote:This is very similar to mine except I only have a single XLR input but with a 31 step volume control.

Very highly recommended with Cyrus or Belcanto Dacs matched with Cyrus power amps.

It is amazing, im only considering selling because I will need the money, I am unlikely to work again because of a neurological condition
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby hifinutt » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:56 am

oh my gosh callen , so sorry to hear about that . best put a price on the mfa if you want to sell i suggest
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
onkyo sacd , tannoy eaton legacy 2] schiit freya , firebottle hybrid monos , bc 3.5vbs, marantz sa8005 , reference fidelity impulse ta`us horns3] rotel , harbeth p3esr

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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:17 pm

hifinutt wrote:oh my gosh callen , so sorry to hear about that . best put a price on the mfa if you want to sell i suggest

i’m not rushing.
anyone who PMs me can know a price, particularly if we have traded before
but i guess they will do their research and offer me £100 less than the going price.
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby hifinutt » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:10 pm

by the way , have you tried running the dac straight into the amps direct ? how did you find the sound ?
1]bc pre 3 vbs
msb s200 power amp
/vbs1 FM1 tuner
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:50 pm

hifinutt wrote:by the way , have you tried running the dac straight into the amps direct ? how did you find the sound ?


missing the magic
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Re: I/C MFA baby classic - Black

Postby callen24 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:49 am

this 8s over priced
mine does not have chrome dial.
i’m not sure whether “the latest v2” transformers mean, maybe it means the larger ones
cyrus stream X2, Oppo HA-1SE, IMFs, NORD OneUP, VA Beethoven Baby Grand
ML binarystar digital, DenchXLR, RFCneptune RCA, VanDamme OFC spk cable. AG 500 ac regenerator and Townsend Seismic sink stand, sonority roller platform
rega P3-24, psu, AT95e/paratrace, Clearaudio nano
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