Yes, pals... searched for the fourth 30W golden face Hiraga Le Classe' A amp for at least five years... I mean FIVE years... already had three for multiamping my Gotorama - for low, mid and mid-high, while having to use a black 20W on high.
It was an obsession of mine... finding the fourth, last one to complete the multi-amping of my Gotorama's, I mean.
Sure I'm a middle-aged fussy kind of audiophile, yet really it wasn't only something aesthetic-related... the 30W 1,5 Farads caps amp is a beast and sounding very, I mean VERY different from its smaller brother... ahem, frere...
Ebay, Audiomarkt, Audiogon... nothing for years!
Thanking HiFiShark (great site!), I found - it was on last Friday, actually - a pristine, 100% original, unmodified, a truly sought-after piece of gear... years and years of search... also recently begging with a friend owning one, offering big money and... voilà, by chance, I found it.
A 727 km round-trip... this morning it was a 4 A.M. woke-up and for lunch I was back home... but everything was embarrassingly worthwhile, something so apparent when I installed the fourth 30W in my system.
My technical ignorance cannot explain... these amps own "the magic"... they're so smooth and relaxed and detailed.
Now... yes, now the Gotorama is truly complete.
The sense of cohesiveness is incredible... awesome... everything speaks such a common language... no amp is singing with a different voice... and the whole is - indeed - much more than the sum of the single parts!
Why such a change - i.e. putting the 30W on Goto SG 160 tweeters - is giving such a refinement... don't know... and most of all, I don't care.
I sort-of "knew" it was a good choice completing the quartet... something missing to my ears.
A tesseract... a green one ;-)
Had my four leaf clover... a very musical clover, indeed.