Harman Kardon Citation 1 Vintage Tube Preamp
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Harman Kardon Citation 1 Vintage Tube Preamp Picture and Description:
This is a Harman Kardon Citation 1 Stereo Control Center Tube Preamplifier. I've had this preamp for about 17 years, I recently stopped using it because I replaced it with another Harmon Kardon that matched my home stereo system better. I believe this is the older production citation 1 because of the gold front and the brown/gold knobs. The guy I got it from, replaced or modified some of the capacitors. A few years ago, the original power switch burned out, when I had something incompatible plugged into the power outlets on the back, it caused the switch to burn out. I had it replaced with a toggle switch, recently I took the original switch and cleaned the carbon out, tested it and re-installed it. It seems to be working fine, I haven't had any issues with it. I would recommend that you don't use the power outlets on the back for your other high wattage equipment, just to avoid stressing the power switch. Aesthetically the unit is in good used condition, There are a few small chips on the brown face and a tiny amount of wear on the gold face (see pics). The most unusual thing about the appearance is the lettering above the dials, some of the letters were beginning to fade and the previous owner carefully rewrote the words (see pictures). There are a few words that are wearing and are not written over (see pics). The dials also have a small amount of wear, all is what you would expect from an item that has been used and loved for 50+ years. Some of the lettering on the inputs on the rear of the preamp are also rewritten. We will remove and wrap the tubes prior to shipping unless you request otherwise.