You all know how excited I get about hi-fi equipment, especially the rarer stuff…
Well, my multiple Sansui-owning customer and legend Rob finally got his hands on this peak-of-the-golden-age, uber-rare – strike that – almost unobtainable Sansui BA-5000 power amplifier and matching Sansui CA-3000 preamplifier, in almost perfect original condition. That’s right, tinkerers and recappers haven’t touched it, thank goodness, so we can give this one the TLC she needs without having to worry about damage or undocumented changes to the original, amazing design.
I won’t list all the gear Rob owns right now, but you can imagine what’s on that list including a Sansui AU-X1 which I resurrected last year, a TU-X1, SR-838, SR-929, both of which I’ve repaired and serviced and a Sansui BA-F1/CA-F1 combo which I restored in 2017, just to name a few. Perhaps we need to write an article about Rob’s collection? Comment below if you’d like to see that, and I’ll do my best to make it happen, with Rob’s permission, of course!
The Sansui BA-5000 power amplifier is from my favourite Sansui era which of course includes the beautiful AU-9900, AU-11000, AU-20000, etc. I own an AU-11000 and an AU-20000, I’ve just repaired a sweet-sounding AU-9900, a few AU-20000s and just about everything else in this series over the years, but never a BA-5000. Until now.
This stunning, top-of-the-line, 50kg transformer-coupled Sansui BA-5000, one of the greatest ever Japanese hi-fi amplifiers, is in the queue for a small repair and some much-needed service.
Stay tuned and it feels good to have broken this writer’s block BTW!
UPDATE: She is serviced, repaired and partially overhauled, details coming soon!