It’s always fun to hear about Yazaki-san’s adventures, and this time Yazaki-san has shared his adventure of visiting Kritapas-san in Bangkok, Thailand!
I would like to introduce you Kritapas-san.
You can see Kritapas-san’s graceful and warm heart from his shining smile at one glance. He is a banker, traditional Thailand bank’s responsible member but also the president of Sentimental Cafe.
I first met Kritapas-san in Tokyo, on May 22nd with Nattawat-san. I had already met Nattawat-san in our office when meeting with him about becoming a dealer for Arizona Capacitors in April, as part of his vintage tube amplifier restoration business with Tanawat-san that they had just started.
These meetings were the start of our relationships, but Natawut-san first knew me from Jeff’s Place. I was simply blessed by this wondrous endowment, I believe, and now Sentimental Cafe in the center district of Bangkok is a very comfortable place for me to visit.
Kritapas-san has two fabulous systems, one I’ll call the Autograph’s room, and the other I’ll call the Westminster Royal’s room.
Kritapas-san enjoys listening to stereo LP in the Autograph’s room, and mono LP in the Westminster Royal’s room.
I was so surprised by the sound of the Autograph’s. There was not any unnatural fatness in the low range, and we enjoyed such a well-matured and tight voice.
The Autograph’s are driven by a 2A3 SET amplifier from Audio-Senka in Japan, and of course, Kritapas-san selected the 2A3 triode.
The CD player’s output is directly connected to 2A3 SET. I have long loved my DA30 SET, and I was imagining what the result would be if my DA30 was driving Kritapas-san’s this Autograph’s.
Kritapas-san also has JBL-2 way speakers, driven by a JBL 400SE and and an original Marntz Model 7.
The sound was full and rich in the mid-range, and also energetic, but not harsh. Of course, Nattawat-san fully restored the Autograph’s networks, and also another amplifier.
Anyway, I’m convinced the early age JBL semiconductor amplifier has huge potential for reproducing the sound with musicality.
You can see Nattawut-san’s work here.
The Westminster Royal’s room is used only for listening to mono vintage LPs, and the amplifier, just
installed, is in original condition and has not been modified. The cartridge is the Denon 102 with a
special step-up transformer by Tanawat-san.
The sound was full and rich and it fit very well for old time recordings. At Kritapas-san place, I found an original Julie London LP and and had a rare chance to hear it. Thank you very much, Kritapas-san!
I had a wonderful time with you all!
Many thanks to Yazaki-san and Kritapas-san for sharing their hifi and music adventures with us!
It looks like you had a fun time, and it was wonderful seeing and hearing about your hifi systems, Kritapas-san! You are definitely a hifi adventurer after my own heart!
It’s great to meet other kindred hifi and music spirits!
To Yazaki-san, Kritapas-san, Kris-san, Nattawat-san, Tanawat-san, and Wasu-san, and all those at the Sentimental Cafe, all the best to you, and may the tone be with you!