Hello Pat,

Thank you for building such a terrifically musical amplifier!

This amp provides all of the advantages I expect from a low-powered amplifier, such as a wonderful midrange, conveyed emotion (Nina Simone’s “Anthology” tracks, “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), dimensionality and spaciousness (“Buena Vista Social Club”), intimacy (Louis Armstrong’s “Satchmo Plays King Oliver”, especially the chilling, spine-tingling track “St. James Infirmary”), and of course, transparency. And happily, this amp does so without sounding lean.

It can play lithe and supple textured music (Stacey Kent’s “Raconte-Moi”) well, of course, but can also rip out your guts and stomp on them when called for (Jim Weider’s “Pulse” track “No Exit Strategy”). And that is great because I demand all of my music be played back well, conveying the performer’s emotion, regardless of style.

It provides a full frequency-spectrum, well balanced sound with spot on tone: Gillian Welch’s voice on her “The Harrow & The Harvest”, John Coltrane’s sax on “Giant Steps”, Miles Davis’ muted trumpet on “Someday My Prince Will Come” track “I Thought About You”, … all instruments, i.e., cymbal crashes, triangle strikes, vibraphone, piano, etc. The music flows naturally, never forced, never wimpy, whether playing Schubert’s “Rosamunde – Complete Incidental Music (Munchinger)” or Iggy and the Stooges’ “Fun House”.

I hear no leanness, scratchiness, ringing, muffle, bloat, slowness, or noise. But instead, appropriate, engaging, harmonic, clear and enjoyable music. Even with electronic music such as How To Destroy Angels’ “Welcome Oblivion”, it delivers the low frequencies viscerally. I am also enjoying how well it swings, with snap and PRAT, as on Big Joe and the Dynaflows’ “Layin’ in the Alley” release. It simply plays everything well without running out of steam!

Thank you again for this wonderful design and build.

Best regards,

Dan in Georgia

A very happy, grateful, and satisfied customer.


Thank  you Dan, this is such a welcome testimonial, Our DGA-1 is a stellar performer as you have well documented.

HW, Head Whammer

“Always True to the Music”