In our 20 years or so of designing various audio components we have always strived
for value whether it is high end or entry level. The majority of our products are
available in a basic no frills package. They are also available, at extra cost, with
various elegant cosmetic packages that include custom wood and stainless faceplates,
chassis and knob options. We try, as much as possible, to offer high performance
to the audiophile on a budget while at the same time accommodating those that value
appearance as well as performance. The BC301FY is something of a departure. There
are no elegant cosmetic options offered. The BC301FY is housed in ABS. Although the
appearance is novel the BC301FY is by no means a novelty product. This is a reference
quality preamp - in an unusual enclosure.
Yes those are ABS pipe caps and other plumbing accessories. Get past the appearance
and what is important is what's inside those pipe caps. The sonic quality is worthy
of a "BC" model. The line stage preamp is equalvlent in performance to 90% of the
BC3000-GZpz but at a cost of over 40% less. How can we do that? Cosmetics. It's all
about the cosmetics. The phonostage is a stripped down version of our best phonostage.
The headphone amp is the best amp we can fit in. The USB DAC is a new design for
this preamp. If you put everything together and compare it performance wise to a
comparable product it is at a reduced cost of almost 50% just because we went with
off the shelf ABS rather than doing the conventional cosmetics. It is your decision
how to spend your money. We feel it's our job to offer you the option of how to spend
BC301FY Power Supply
We go GREEN and save for you (and us.)
Gilbert is notoriously cheap. As a result his lifestyle is probably greener than
many environmental activists. He recycles everything and reuses as much as possible.
The BC301FY is the proof of Gilbert's "Cheap = Green" motto.
First rule of GREEN, reduce...
We use everyday materials. ABS pipe is inventoried everywhere. That means we don
t have the added cost of stocking custom chassis or add to stress on the environment
by manufacturing something when it's already available off the shelf. We only buy
it when we need it. No left overs and no waste.
We use whatever we have left over from other jobs. That s why the top and bottom
plate of the power supply and the base of the preamp all look different. They are
different. They aren't B grade parts though. They are all first grade parts that
have accumulated in inventory from previous custom jobs. We are not a mass production
line, everything here is made one at a time. Very often, there are left over parts
and material from other custom jobs. Nobody buys just enough for a job. We always
buy a few extras for those (rare) occasions where something goes wrong. Those are
perfectly good new parts that have accumulated on the shelf. So we've decided to
use them here and if you will take whatever we can use around here, we will pass
the savings on to you. Of course, if you prefer a matching top and bottom plate and
the base, we can certainly meet your needs with a nominal additional cost.
We pack it well, very well, in all left over and recycled materials. That includes
the box. If you get a new box it's because we didn't have an old one that was suitable.
We also have plenty of foam scraps to use. The preamp will be packed well and securely
for the journey to your home but don t expect a fancy custom cut packaging job for
We also build most of this preamp with solar power a.k.a. "cheapskate sun juice."
No kidding. We have a solar powered bench. When you live in the country the electrical
service is spotty so if the power goes out we switch over to solar.
We'll have a pic of the solar bench here soon. Promise. No, really.
In case you're concerned there's no cause for alarm. All the essential parts used
in the BC301FY are brand new and carry our standard parts and labour warranty. We
don t recycle the important stuff.
Modular design for add ons and future upgrades.
The base preamp unit consists of four pipe caps. Individual modules can be added
on when or if the user wants to upgrade. Phonostage, headphone amp, USB DAC and regular
DAC would be additional modular add-ons. Buy what you need and save what you don
Somebody always wants it cheaper.
At this point, we believe we have done all we can to cut costs without cutting audio
quality. If you still think the BC301FY is too expensive, we are sorry we can t
do more for you unless you are willing to cut performance. Remember, you still get
what you pay for. Nothing is free. Someone has to pay for it.