This is a Nelson Pass masterpiece that does not get any more affordable and better for under $500. Its minimalist circuit design (so no remote control feature) ensures 100% focus on the audio signal and you can clearly hear the result from it. Beautiful clarity, loads of details and a swift, tight delivery makes this a TRUE standout preamp at both its $1,100 MSRP and under $500 now. If you can live without the remote control, the Model 40 is a “reference” bargain price preamp.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very nice shape. Minor scuff marks from use but nothing major. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.