Have you ever noticed how people’s pets tend to look like them and reflect their personalities? Well, I have noticed a similar congruency between audio components and their designers ? for good or bad (no names mentioned here are the astringent amps/designers I have come across in my years as an audiophile). Fortunately, the subject of this review, the Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp (the “Merrill Preamp” or “Pure”) for reel-to-reel decks and its creator Merrill Wettasinghe are on the right side of that spectrum. Merrill joined a recent meeting of the Westchester Audio Society (WAS) at my house and brought along his reel-to-reel tape preamp.