What’s Cooking in the Finale?!
Prices further increase - making high end tube amps became more exclusive and expensive than ever (no matter where it is made). So are the supply and offering of tube amplifier related parts , tubes and transformers. Also metals - the chassis are made with. Almost everything that was mentioned in my previous sentences raised their prices more than double compare to 2009, which already took a big peak compared to Y2K. Therefore , we can almost foresee most of the remaining tube amp manufactures will either quit , or raises their prices to unobtainable price tag - normally a company require 3-10X of markup to survive. Good news is , we will not be affected , as we kept our shop / production small and niche , and our reasonable priced 'haute-couture' of amplifiers keep bring us stable businesses, even Toronto became one of the most expensive city to live and do business. We can also foresee the record high uses of HASHIMOTO Transformers of Tokyo, from Japan , which make sense to those who can fetch the money , they want the best and keep it forever. It also became a investment, and a future classics.
Let us present Finale's Pink-Lingu RCA Connectors (Rose Gold Plated)
Since we have issues with a brand name RCA connector we been using for decades and we cannot find substitute for both quality and value. We decided to make our own. It will be used and voice our products with it here and after. It has passed our tests from its conduit behavior to melt/function point. The plating is high quality rose-gold finish and the center insulation is real Teflon that is heat resisting. We just like this shinny colour so much that changes from pink-gold to copper depending your light source9
Thanks to Arteluthe Design, we also make our own knobs now. Made out of stainless steel, its elegant, precise and solid. Easily the best in the market. Hand polished and made right here in Canada (Quebec). Not just the aesthetic, the touching feel and weight of it is brilliant. We will use it across our brands.
Based on an engineering order/note issued from our chief, the following will be in effect immediately without notice:
CMC Gold RCA / Binding Posts: These connectors will be used across the entire line, due to its excellence in quality, reliability and consistency. We have been having quality issues with another brand that we have been using for a long time, until we notice the quality is coming back. The uber RCA connector choice we use now is the DH Labs USA or Furutech Japan
Transformers : Due to the shortage of HIFI transformers supplies, HAMMONDS of CANADA and HASHIMOTO (Sansui) of JAPAN will be our main two suppliers ofHIFI transformers. We will also continue to work with a few other top North American manufacturers in our custom designs, including Heyboer (Mercury) of USA, Edcor of USA, and ANK of Canada.
One thing we know for certain is that success never stops to admire itself. We’ve been super-busy working on new projects and we have a few ready to be disclosed. No matter what happens, we know this year will be an exciting one for us and for you as well!
RECENT NEWS : Starting in 2016, there will be a price increase to all entry level amps, as a result of different factors; unfavorable currency exchange, higher cost on parts (all prices have increased dramatically, from all level - direct pricing from the parts manufacturer to importers/distributors, and even local stores), and, not to mention, inflation (our metal parts manufacturer inflated prices over 50% on chassis and parts, for instance). Moreover, the selection in tube amplifier parts (everything from transformer to caps) has reduced, as many smaller brands are being brought out by the bigger multi-corp and, so, are either phased out or combined into the bigger name. It is also quite sad to hear about the two legendary famous HIFI transformer companies in Japan shutting down their business. However, we will continue to fight hard, despite it being an uphill battle. Looking ahead in 2017, we will streamline and phase out some variations of certain models and narrow our lineup to maintain the quality to price ratio to our customers.
LAGATO Phono Tube Preamp (Debut any time with MOQ)
Our reference and best phono design!
For those of you who do not know us., we aren't just an expert of tubes in the HiFi application. We have experience as solid state circuitry designers / electronic engineers (from car stereo, radio station/studio equipment, vessels communications engineering, to consumer electronics, and so on). We believe designing solid state amps is even more fun and challenging because we are not only good at it, we are truly passionate about it!. As vinyl freaks and connoisseurs, we mastered the art of turntables decades ago.
The LAGATO will be housed in a large size chassis, as there will be three to four (3-4) separated sections :
1. MC Input (handled by a DOZEN high quality transistors, it will be very quiet, and when we say quiet, we MEAN quiet!)
2. MM Input (the MC then enters this MM stage, or use this input when use with MM cartridge), the signal then goes to OUTPUT for external pre-amplifier, or to the LAGATO's on board tube buffer/pre-amplifier to directly drive power amplifiers)
3. Line Stage Input (used as a standard tube pre-amplifier)
Tube power supply will be external. This will be a pretty end game as a phono solution.