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  1. just picked up Close to the Edge and Fragile to play on my new MOFI TT!!!
    7 points
  2. I just added a THTLP subwoofer to supplement my La Scalas today. It'll be one of a pair, but the other THTLP won't be finished until sometime next month. The THTLP is the third subwoofer I've mated to my La Scalas. The first was a low-end Klipsch unit, the second was an SVS SB 1000 Pro. The Klipsch unit was underpowered and couldn't keep up with the La Scalas, but the SVS SB1000 Pro was a nice piece of gear. However, it couldn't keep up with the La Scalas either --- the bass was a bit anemic; there was no "feel" from it. Even with just a few hours listening to the THTLP, I can attest that it's in a whole different league. It's output is clean and distortion-free. Even at moderate volume (65 to 75 dB), you can feel the bass. The THTLP is pretty efficient too: I have a 250W plate amp driving it, and that's likely way overkill --- I doubt that I'll ever use more than 50W. There are some downsides though: you have to build the THTLP yourself (or hire someone to build it) it's enormous. I built the smallest possible size but it's still 72"H x 15"W x 18" D. But then perhaps a washing machine-sized speaker deserves a refrigerator-sized subwoofer. 🙂
    6 points
  3. They did their dancing music way back in 1970 I see!
    4 points
  4. The reason why I have now ordered the additional cartridges is very simple, they are all classics that I have wanted for years, but knew that they could not be installed on the MA 500 tonearm of my old TT, because it had a mass of 24 grams, that was just too heavy because of the needle compilance. With the SME 3009 and the MA505 MK II tonearms I can then use them. Then I also have enough pickups for the rest of my life . I did not want to let the snob hang out here, but I was so happy about it last night that I had to tell you.
    4 points
  5. Could only come from a guy with two tons of vinyl in his den the other? keep chasin' it
    4 points
  6. You must not be left alone either WOW a real beauty
    4 points
  7. Some smooth stuff right there Mr. Calidude! Always nice to hear that West coast influence. Ha!
    3 points
  8. Yeah, I played it several times last night on my system. Made a mental note: remember this song to post on the Klipsch forum come morning.
    3 points
  9. Another offering from The Marias. Carino.
    3 points
  10. I believe your ears are “pinned” to your head - 🎳
    3 points
  11. I miss those days of going to see them play live. Those guys were some great ( and under rated) musicians
    3 points
  12. Beautiful unit. Looks like some nice work was done. 299 series is excellent. Have and had several of these throughout the years.
    3 points
  13. It's early and I started with "Morning Dew" by NAZ waiting for my coffee and reading the news. Primed & Ready now!
    3 points
  14. For full length tractrix, it doesn’t make much difference.
    3 points
  15. No it´s a white cotton fabric jacket , wanna try a new technical way for phonocables , it´s an experiment , I used to built them with copper strands ( AWG 24 ) in the past. Wanna know whether there will be a sound improvement , that´s why I´m doing it .
    3 points
  16. You going to put that snake skin looking green & gold combo sheathing on them? Whatever... mine are black to try and stay hidden in the shadows behind everything!
    3 points
  17. Finally my beloved Audio Technica ATV7 , it´s the bigger brother from the AT20SLA and sounds so amazing , listend to it many times by a friend of mine
    3 points
  18. I was shopping in japan one hour ago . I still had some pickups on the list that I wanted to have for a long time, are all sec.hand but in technically as well as visually perfect condition , next week I build the second tonearm on my Micro Seiki DQX 1000. They´re on their way to germany allready . My ADC XLM MK III Moving Iron Cartridge
    3 points
  19. I'm not a great player, and know that about myself. I'm a moderately competent rhythm player and that is probably all I will ever be. But, that's okay. I still love getting together with friends and making music. I started as a drummer and still enjoy that. What I really enjoy, though, is hearing a talented player making one of the guitars I've built sing. When that happens, I'm happy to be on drums, bass, rhythm guitar...whatever. Heck, I'm fine with a woodblock or cowbell. I just want to be part of making the music.
    3 points
  20. Yes, I think you're pickin up what I'm layin down.
    2 points
  21. We'll see. I baited that hook..... OK Randy --- have at
    2 points
  22. I just purchased these. I live in Metro Detroit and will be picking these up in the next day or two. I needed those K604 horns for the screw in A55G/2 mid drivers that I purchased for my Chorus II build. Along with the LMAHL V2 drivers that I have on-hand, new Crites x-over, and the venerable K48 woofer already in the Chorus II, I believe my build is ON!! Psyched!
    2 points
  23. Thanks for the feedback. The THTLP is as close to a corner as I can get it. It's about 10" from one wall and about 3" from the other. I was keen to sort out how to "tune" the THTLP for my peculiarities of my room and my restricted options for placement so that I was interested in using a DSP with it. I considered two alternatives: a MiniDSP 2x4HD with an external amp a plate amp with built-in DSP (Dayton SPA250DSP) To support the MiniDSP, I had considered using a Crown XLS1002 amp with the THTLPs. But, in reply to a question I posed on the BFM forum, Bill Fitzmaurice recommended getting a plate amp instead of the Crown since the Crown was way bigger (1100 watts into 4 ohms) than what the THTLP would need. If I'd gone with a Crown amp, I wanted to use a MiniDSP 2x4HD with it for the THTLPs. But I wasn't at all clear on how I would feed the MiniDSP from my Yamaha R-N803 receiver. I figured I'd have to forgo the simplicity of LFE, send the MiniDSP a "full range" signal, and then just work with the frequencies that would be applicable to the subwoofers. Also, I was concerned that doing so would would likely render the Yamaha's YPAO ability useless. In the end, I went with the SPA250DSP because: it was simpler it was less expensive it provided a DSP capability making the THTLP a powered subwoofer gave more flexibility in placement The SPA250DSP plate amp provides 260W at 4 ohms and deals with frequencies from 10Hz to 200Hz. I'm feeding it via the LFE output from my Yamaha R-N803 receiver. Since I'm crossing over at 100Hz (with, I believe, a 12 dB slope), it shouldn't see much signal above that frequency. Figuring out how to configure the DSP has been a puzzle. Actually doing the config is easy, but knowing what to set the config values at seems like a black art (for now, at least). I have a UMIK-1 microphone and have been playing with REW. It's pretty complex software about an area (acoustics) that I'm not terribly familiar with. I've seen several Youtube videos about REW. However, my background hasn't been sufficient for me to have gleaned much from them. But I'll keep trying. Even at the rudimentary settings I'm using now the sound is magnificent. That's very encouraging.
    2 points
  24. I totally agree. I played a lot of Yes back in the 70s but somehow did not realize how incredible they truly are. The Yes albums bring me so much joy and sound incredible on my current system. Just WOW!
    2 points
  25. Got all that @grasshopper? As if... 😂
    2 points
  26. Me thinks he's sucking up trying to barter. Her name isn't Sally is it? 😂
    2 points
  27. @wetowne as stated prior, I'm a fan of topping gear. I bought one of these last night out of curiosity straight from China. Ordered custom mogami W2549 XLR to TRS cable to go with. I'll be powering my JBL 4722N speakers and give it an honest opinion. I really love the hypex, but I'm aware I don't use hardly any power at 104 dB sensitivity. If I like it, maybe I'll be shocked and it will stay as my main Amplifier. Otherwise, I'll keep it as a backup /portable amp.
    2 points
  28. I'm happy to not be there. Chamber of Commerce weather here... until the rodeo and golf tournament... March, I think. Then it will get nasty. Just because Murphy sez so. I've got dinner mapped out already. Sauteed peppers and onions with shrimp over pasta. This is what I call fast food. The only slowdown is getting water to a boil. The new amp hasn't blown up yet. My uneducated ears rather like it. Working 25years in a bowling alley can dim the senses a bit.
    2 points
  29. Maybe, for me I like it simple. Like the lamp cord vs ohno copper wiring and solid wires. Cinnamon and sugar in the egg either butter or syrup before wolfing it down! Had it made from that raisin bread before.
    2 points
  30. I've had 2 pairs of those in the past; the front ported 846B's and the "fancy cabinet" Milano's. I really never liked either pair and they were easy to sell to the followers. 2 pairs of Dynaco A25's "stacked" sounded better than the restricted range of them. But they look pretty cool.
    2 points
  31. I wonder if sharing favorite French Toast recipes could end up as contentious as discussions about capacitors? Let's see... When my grandkids were younger and would come to spend the night, it was always my job to make breakfast. The favorite was, of course, French Toast made with day old apple or peach/cinnamon bread. Paired with real maple syrup, thick cut bacon, and some creamy scrambled eggs with cheese, you've got the ideal coma inducing breakfast.
    2 points
  32. Upgrade the TT only if you need to. I do not know if you will hear improvement just upgrading to the SL1200GR, which really is a nice and sturdy piece of machinery. As said above, the cartridge is where improvements can be heard immediately. Ortofon 2M bronze is a nice MM cart. Only thing better than that is of course the black. I haven't heard both although I have the red. But many opinions on the internet that I have seen agree that upgrading to black in their systems not necessarily lead to improvements, maybe more clinical but not so musical as the bronze. If upgrading in that direction, you could try some MC carts that are compatible with your tonearm. On the other hand and connected to the above, I suppose that you use the built in phono preamp within the Yamaha as2200. The thing is (unless I am mistaking) that this amplifier does not have the possibility for adjusting the gain for MC carts. So if going for the MC cart, you will have to make your choice according to the specification for MC cart that goes within AS2200. Or you could invest in a separate phono amp. Choices ... 😀
    2 points
  33. Your guitar seems to be very exceptional, the combination of sustain block and solid top. I have three solid top guitars, Wes, Guild Artist Award and this very strangely cool ES446. The 446 is very close in size to your guitar, but it has no sustain block. I can imagine how nice your guitar sounds with jazz, probably a great combination of naturalness, timbre and super attack. My old Super Reverb was very similar to a Bassman but with reverb and tremolo of course. I play a (reissue 1998 with PCB) Bassman, nowhere near as good as your 1959 model although I'm not as big a critic of PCB as some other people are. Although the 4x10" arrangement is the same as the SR, I find from memory that the 1965 Super Reverb that I stupidly sold when I was 19 was the better sounding amp eben if my Bassman offers the option to play with rectifier tube or silicon as insert in the tube socket which makes a difference. In the living room I play a 15 watt Matchless EL84 Spitfire, wider front model with reverb coil. In the rehearsal room, next to the Bassman, a 1981 Fender Concert (bought new in 1981) with Weber „Chicago 12“ (it's supposed to be a mix of Alnico and Ceramic, I have not searched how it works, the goal is that the driver sounds like alnico but copes 60 watts. In addition a Marshall Blues Breaker 2x 12" combo from 2010. But as with guitars, it's way too much and I only want to keep one or two amps. As they say, the last shirt has no pockets, the era of consuming is over, I want to keep only the essentials. i gave my son a new production Fender Princeton with PCB 12 years ago. And to be perfectly honest, I like it more than any of my other amps. It sounds so nice at home and it has just enough power for the rehearsal room. It's nicer when this whole amp is singing and slogging than when I take a preamp or pedals to overdrive.
    2 points
  34. My Goldring GS 900 SE Moving Magnet Cartridge
    2 points
  35. Its too late for Sophia Loren.
    2 points
  36. We all can imagine which present do you need
    2 points
  37. Yes it can, because the . . . oh never mind.
    2 points
  38. So. the first question was what is in this black suitcase. I started learning guitar in 1969 when I was 10 years old. At 15 I played in the first band. I really wanted a moped at that time. My parents were worried because our streets are very narrow and my moped had to share the road with heavy traffic and many trucks. So my father had the idea (because he wanted to secure my life) to give me a Lespaul if I renounce the moped. Oh, I preferred to play guitar instead of riding moped and I immediately agreed to this exchange. So in 1975 I got a 1974 black Lespaul custom as a gift from my father. I was very very proud and pleased. I played this guitar every day until I was 21 years old. Together with a used quite old Fender Super Reverb. This amp was cheap at that time because transistor guitar amps were so on vogue. It was to this day my very best guitar amp I ever had. I know today that this Lespaul custom was not the very best quality...the top cover was made of seven! pieces. It was painted black. Already 10 years later you could see that the individual pieces of the top got grooves in the varnish and that the individual pieces sank differently. But that doesn't matter with this guitar...it's the beautiful memory that counts...of the gift, of my father, of the many years in the rehearsal room and at concerts with this guitar. I still have it today and I am still as proud as when I was 15 years old, Unfortunately, I was a stupid idiot and I sold the Fender Super Reverb when I was 19. I wanted more power and I traded it for a then new Fender Super Twin. That was by far the worst sounding guitar amp I ever had. I will never forget how the guy in the store checked the Super Reverb very quickly and made it disappear. Today I know why (for 40 years). Can you share the feeling when you stupidly sold gear because you was too unexperienced or too young? The Super Reverb always had such a good sound. I naively thought, buy the same brand with more power and it is the same but louder. So far away from the truth… Back to the guitars. Besides my studies I drove cab, whole nights to save up for a jazz guitar. It became a 1974 Guild Artist Award which I bought in 1980. To be honest, I have an ambivalent feeling about it to this day. Such an attack and punch but somehow in some places not so beautifully resonant. I actually wanted a Jonny Smith Gibson but the neck was crooked. Therefore, from the beginning, the Artist Award was actually my second choice. And this unemotional feeling has been preserved until today. There were at least 20 attempts in 40 years to sell this guitar. But somehow I didn't have the heart to do it. It has an original single coil DeArmond pu. To be honest I think this guitar is too good for me and it needs a really good player, someone like the young George Benson. During that time I played a lot, today I know that it was the happiest time of making music. Then life became different, study, children earn money, etc. I have always played in bands, until today I do it. I used to play rock and fusion, today blues and jazz, some rock jazz (I really believe that young people today are into the sound of the 70's again, it's about to have a big revival, just look at Derek Trucks). So slowly, actually almost imperceptibly, I went from being a player to a collector. I did not become a collector because I wanted to be a collector. It was the result of my purchases. At first I played all these guitars all the time and everywhere. But it is the course of things that the time to play became scarcer...if I think about it, collecting has replaced playing...unfortunately. But right now there is a meaningful turn in my life. Three kids are adults with partners, our apartment is too big and too empty, I don't have as much space in the future as I do right now. So I will play more again because I will have more time and own less. Collecting gives euphoric feelings of immortality when you are in the mode of searching and buying. But it's a lousy substitute for not having more time to play, it's the false promise that you could spend infinite time with all those guitars. Now to my small, for other people insignificant collection. All guitars bought in her time new only the Casino bought „vintage“ because it was an awesome chance. Again, I did not buy the guitars as a speculative object but to play them. Even if that was a fallacy on the long run to believe so. 1974 Gibson Lespaul custom black 1974 Guild Artist Award blonde 1994 Fender Japan Tele natural 2000 ES 335 sunburst 1998 Gibson ES446 cherry (a secret of a guitar) 1967 Epiphone Casino Kalamazoo sunburst (bought in 1999 for reasonable money, awesome when played at low SPL via amp) 2006 Wes Montgomery sunburst 2009 Michael Bloomfield Lespaul VOS 2010 Eric Clapton Beano Lespaul VOS 2010 ES 335 Cherry 50th anniversary of 1960 model, Memphis 2010 ES 335 Sunburst, same model as above 2013 ES 175 Memphis, a very! cool guitar 2000 regular D28 Martin 2006 Triple 000 Martin EC 2002 Baby Taylor (is always with me everywhere) Without giving any reasons, if four guitars are allowed to remain, it's the Beano Lespaul, Cherry red ES335, Es 175 and the D28. If anyone notices, I don't have a Stratocaster. I had three attempts over 30 years. I love the sound when SRV, Jimmy Hendrix, David Gilmour and many others play a Strat, or Ritchie Blackmore in the 70s. But I never developed the connection to the Strat. I leave it to others. My next challenge is to be able to play well again. I am planning my second surgery on my hands. The first was 9 years ago, then in the meantime very often a treatment by needle faciotomy. It is such a pity not to be able to play at the moment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupuytren's_contracture
    2 points
  39. 2 points
  40. Had a nice visit with the Dr while I was in town. It was that or the "gentleman's" club. My Dr is a Harley riding female. I enjoy visiting her. I get the same "Hey you're looking good" as at the club. I tend to believe the Dr first.
    2 points
  41. More than I wanted [it wasn't free] and less than market. I think I did OK.
    2 points
  42. Would you like that in Peso's, American or Canadian? Money isn't an object or is it? 😂
    2 points
  43. yep. We won't try to compare it to the Sony AVR. I'm happy [for now].
    2 points
  44. Made the trip to town ... What did I bring home? A Yamaha CR-840, Gonna hook it up and see what it does.
    2 points
  45. 2 points
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