Thanks for the reply,
Since my first post I have had the chance to audition the Coffman G1A and it's nothing short of spectacular. I have had it for several weeks now and it just keeps getting better and better. I thought the day would never come when I would pull my Modwright SWL 9.0 SE from the top shelf but that day has come. I have now run it side by side with a Mark Levinson No.28, Audio Research LS-16, Counterpoint SA 3.1 as well as the Modwright 9.0 SE. I have had the chance to compare the phono stage to the Audio Research PH3-SE with a nice set of NOS Mullards and a Jolida JD-9 with new stock Gold Lion 12AX7’s. I even tested the headphone amplifier an compared it to my Antique Labs MG Head MK III. In all cases the Coffman came out on top and I am amazed at how well it did in each category. Most notable is the phono stage which has now cost me tons in new vinyl. Three weeks and it’s even better than on day one. That is my litmus test … I tend to love everything for about a week. I am currently making arrangements to purchase the G1A. I realize comparing a $5000 preamplifier to less expensive equipment should produce the results I have seen but given the magnitude of improvement and the number of things it does well, I think it justifies a clearing house and purchase of a single unit vs. 3 separate units. If I sum the cost of what I have into the three other components, including tubes, power cables and IC's, I'm right at $5K anyway. Funny how that sneaks up on you.
My advise after a month? If you're looking to upgrade your sound and simplify your life, you have to give the G1A a listen. I know this comes off like a sales pitch but I have never met Damon Coffman and have nothing to do with Coffman Labs; other than the fact I am about to become a loyal customer. If you’re interested in a more complete analysis check out my review on Audiogon, then let your ears decide. It's not perfect and I'd sure like a remote but for the improvements in sound, I can live with it's shortcomings.
Does anyone know if the Coffman Labs group were at RMAF? If so, how did the G1A fare? Might be nice to see it in the big leagues ... running up against the best of the best. It's hard for me to compare it in a fair sense without something better to contrast with. I read the Tone review and the writter seemed nearly as happy as I am ... he bought his unit and it's in one of his listening rooms. That has to say something ...