You could try someone like these guys - http://www.affordablevalvecompany.com/products.htm
The website looks shoddy, I'm not even sure if they're still going or not and the "Affordable Valve Company" logo doesn't exactly ooze class... That said, we have the 2 x 80 Watt amp in the office, I'm not even sure when, how or why it got here but I can say it's rather good. I've had it on for a year or so since we found it - It's smooth and musical in the traditional valve style but has some real grunt to back it up, bass is powerful & fluid, it even times well too.
I know there are those who insist amps all sound the same and I'm fairly sceptical on many things Hi-Fi but this amp definitely has some character and everyone who's heard it running has enjoyed it. If you want to go the cheap valve route then this would seem a slightly safer option with the home dem. Mr Everard reviewed the 40 Watt version a long time back by the looks of things and seemed to like it too. Just another option to throw in the mix!
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I have had tube amps in the past although not manufactured in China.
There are Chinese Class A tube amps, sometimes also designed in China and sometimes simply just manufactured there, and there are cheap Chinese Class A tube amps (which I personally wouldn't touch with the proverbial barge-pole). However buying a second-hand Ming Da or the like might be a means of entry into the world of valves.
Beware though the maintenance of these amps is never cheap and knowing what I know now would not compemplate buying either a 'cheap' valve amp or indeed a cheap Chinese valve amp, as by their very nature a good valve amp is never cheap to manufacture.
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It's not possible to make a cheap valve amp, that will sound good, anywhere in the world. If you import from outside the EU, hifi is subject to a 4% import tax on the value of the item and the carriage costs, then 20% VAT on top. Then it has become not so cheap with no dealer back up.
There are plenty of European manufacturers who have dealers in the UK. Icon Audio, Unison Research etc.
I think the main consideration should be dealer back up.
there are very good chinese amps , icon , dared , mingda , lm , puresound , audiospace , best buy from a uk dealer
Thanks for the input everyone.
Could look at secondhand American - Jolida valve amp. (£250.00 - £ 300.00) used.
If you can find one over here it won't disappoint, great mids and excellent build quility.
Jolida are very good amps....... there are a few places in the States and UK that provide 240v setup...and they change the stock tubes for Tung-Sol....I have the Power amp, its a hybrid valve with SS power...extreamly neutral but valve elastic tight bass....highly recommend.
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Odd, the model numbers on their eBay store don't seem to match the ones on that webpage and neither do the prices, cheapest on eBay seems to be just under 600 quid but their webpage mentions a £250 amp that I can't find anywhere.
No signature worth mentioning...
This website doesn't like my phone
We tried to get in touch with them a while back but had no joy. That's why I was a little wary...
Amp still going strong and 100% reliable at least!
As the OP was asking if anybody had any experience with Chines made Class A tube amplifiers, I'm guessing your answer is "no".
I haven't either,
Well having just re read the OPs thread opener again I would like to point out ,although I thought it was pretty obvious , that my comments were aimed at the 250 quid wonder amp. As for experience with Chinese made class A valve amps, well sorry buddy your guess is a country mile out !, how far up the food chain do you want me to go ?.
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