A question posed to me this morning. Got me thinking, what could qualify as possibly the best amplifier ever? That would have to include a lot of criteria, obviously, right? McIntosh 30's or 60's? Conrad Johnson MV-75a1? Bedini 25/25? Gas Ampzilla? Manley Ref 150's? Golden Tube Audio SE-40? This list could go on forever.
Then I thought about what makes an amp great. A lot of things. Affordable. Reliable. Parts / tweeks readily available. Clean output. Good sound. Decent power and headroom.
My vote for the all time Amplifier - The Dynaco ST70. Why maybe not best in any of the criteria above, I feel it excells in all catagories. It's been around for ages, parts are everywhere (you can even buy new kits now), tons of mods, easy to tube and bias, will drive most speakers to a reasonable level, and you can pick them up for a song.