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    PL400 & American Pickers

    Mike and Frank just picked a 400 on tonight's show. $275.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishoz View Post
    Mike and Frank just picked a 400 on tonight's show. $275.
    Nice! 4 fin or 8 fin?

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    8....they were very complimentary of the Phase Linear brand. Didn't know shit though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishoz View Post
    8....they were very complimentary of the Phase Linear brand. Didn't know shit though.
    They usually stay away from all electronics on the Pickers, unless it is a pinball machine and sometimes they go for them.

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    It's the first amp I've seen them buy. They have bought Dual TT's, jukes, radios in the past.
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    I have the episode recorded. The episode is "Ripe For The Picking".

    The contact is Captain Pete (Peter Van Horn) (Pete's Ranch or Rocky Comfort Ranch) Mentone, CA near Mt. San Bernardino.
    http://abc7.com/hobbies/junkyard-par...e-man/1532380/
    https://www.highlandnews.net/enterta...2a5f75705.html

    The Phase Linear 400 first appears at about 42 minutes 30 seconds into the show and lasts about a minute and a half.

    Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz paid $275 for the amplifier and estimated that it would be worth $550 if it was gone through top to bottom.
    (NOTE: I think that estimate is a bit on the high side, if you consider what a 400 series 1 amplifier sells for on ebay.)

    The serial number of the amplifier is 7812. It is a 8-fin amplifier made sometime after November 1974.

    A few of their comments:

    "1970 state of the art"

    "The founders of Phase Linear were pioneers. If audiophiles had a Mt. Rushmore, the Phase Linear guys faces would be right up there."

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldphaser View Post
    If audiophiles had a Mt. Rushmore, the Phase Linear guys faces would be right up there."

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    I think Jim Bongiorno would disagree... ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by THD+N View Post
    I think Jim Bongiorno would disagree... ha ha
    Nick,

    James did have this to say about Bob Carver back in 2003:

    ".....The new Ampzilla 2000 is a radical departure in amplifier topology. Not many designers can make a claim like this. The only other designer capable of true innovation is Bob Carver although his application of technology and marketing go in different directions."

    https://web.archive.org/web/20031204...p_History.html


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    I know Jim respected Bob highly. When I read the Mount Rushmore quip, Jim B. was the first person I thought of.

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