The BC3 MKII and BC3000 MKII Dual Mono Linestage Tube Preamplifiers.
About ten years ago the original BC3 preamplifier was introduced . It came supplied
with a small outboard power supply called the BCG3. Sometime later a vastly superior
and more costly power supply was developed. It was designated the BCG3.1. The BC3
with the smaller power supply became the BC3 Despina and the BC3 with the larger
power supply the BC3 Galatea. Finally the BC3000 was born as a result of some significant
upgrades to the main chassis.
The result was a family of three preamplifiers and a clear upgrade path from the
least expensive to the top of the line. You could start with the BC3 Despina and
as funds became available you could simply trade in the small power supply against
the BCG3.1 power supply plus the upgrade cost. The upgrade to the BC3000 involved
returning the main chassis for a complete rebuild.while retaining the BCG3.1 power
With the advent of the MKII series the upgrade path remains the same.
Existing BC3 and BC3000 preamplifiers can be upgraded to MKII performance specs.
For full upgrade details and pricing please contact us directly at 519-469-3215 or
We call it an upgrade but it is really a complete rebuild of the preamp. Click here
for photos of an original BC3000 and the rebuilt to MKII version.
*Note: Mark I and Mark II components are not compatible. For example, using a Mark
II power supply with a Mark I preamp will result in significant damage which is not
covered by warranty.
All BC3 MKII and BC3000 MKII preamplifiers are lovingly handcrafted. Each individual
piece is played and listened to for a minimum of 50 hours. Each preamp is personally
auditioned and approved by the designer prior to shipping. Even the finest design
coupled with the best components is nothing if the execution isn't there. Craftsmanship.
If you are even considering components of this caliber then you have already heard
all the flowery adjectives ever written. Any audio component in this price range
had better be pretty damn good. Words are words, but music is another matter. And
music is a very personal thing. You must decide if these components meet your very
personal needs. You owe it to yourself to listen carefully to these beautiful components.
They are the culmination of years of research, some fine engineering and a life-long
love affair...with music.