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Name: Frank Boulet
Comments: Syd Beaumont at Ideal Innovations has been servicing and rebuilding various pieces from my vintage tube audio gear collection for several years now, and I have been extremely satisfied every time. Most recently, Syd serviced and calibrated my 1960 Eico model 666 tube tester, and also serviced and repaired my 1959 H.H.Scott model 130 pre-amplifier. I have now been able to set up my favorite vintage system again, combining the Scott 130 pre-amp with a beautiful pair of 1959 H.H.Scott model 250 mono block power amps. Syd did an amazing job of rebuilding and modifying the 250’s back in 2008, which included new transformers, capacitors, new cable connectors and speaker posts as well as a completely redesigned output tube biasing circuit. The system is completed with an early 70’s near mint Hydraulic Reference turntable and a pair of KEF LS50 speakers (the only modern component in the system). I am listening to an old Eric Dolphy album on this setup as I type this and it sounds absolutely stunning! Syd’s knowledge and expertise on this type of equipment is amazing, and I can’t thank him enough for the wonderful job he has done. I highly recommend him!

Name: Rick Roberson
Comments: Bought my Custom 55 almost 20 years ago and still going strong. Switched speakers multiple times and still same amp. Currently using Klipsch Heresy and the tubes keep the sound smooth even at top volume. Theses and the Magnepans are my favorites-different, but when paired with a great amp, both sound beautiful. Thanks for everything Syd!

Name: David Frisby
Comments: My love affair with music began in the sixties in the UK where I was fortunate enough to experience at first hand the rise of "Blues and Soul". This led me to a path where I became reasonably successful as a professional DJ for 10 years in the 1970s running one of the first stereo disco systems in Birmingham.
I always remember with fond memories the sound, the excitement of those days, being lucky enough to see artists like Santana, The Eurythmics, Tina Turner, Simply Red, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton and many others. I digress, so many years later and now in Canada I have been searching for a system that could give me some excitement and after having gone through my favoured companies all with solid state amps, I became frustrated as there was always something lacking. The turnaround occurred when I purchased a Bryston power amp and at the audition it was fed by an old conrad-johnson tube pre-amp, I had taken my own pair of Quad speakers so I knew immediately the difference in the sound was coming from the tube pre-amp as I was very familiar with the sound of solid state amps.
This peaked my interest in tube amps and I purchased a conrad-johnson classic pre-amp whilst in the USA and subsequently on my next visit purchased a Jolida 502P power amp. Now things started to happen and I started to love and listen to my music collection again. I have lots of vinyl which now sounded good. So, around that time I did get to hear about Ideal Innovations and the Elite 80 amp but dismissed it as probably not being powerful enough for my large basement music room. Moving forward I then discovered there was a lot more to this company than meets the eye. I loved the sound of the 6550s and after reading about Syd's philosophy regarding the quality of components, construction, and projected longevity, backed by a lifetime warranty I finally picked up the phone and talked directly with Syd. He came up with some suggestions and ideas. That was it, my own custom design and built 150 watt one-off amplifier. I took delivery earlier this month after a 4 month build time and it was worth the wait. Syd is the ultimate craftsman with the greatest attention to detail, great communication skills, patience and an absolute pleasure to do business with. To cap it all, handmade in Ontario within a couple of hours drive from home.
The amp sounds absolutely incredible, deep lush with crystal clear definition, amazing lifelike soundstage with pinpoint imaging of the artists.
This is the real deal and is my last power amp purchase. It doesn't get any better than this.
Syd has one of the best equipped test rigs you will ever see and if you are thinking of purchasing any tube amp and you want a quality unit then you need look no further.
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