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  1. I would stain or veneer your LaScalas.
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  2. I'm a machinist and that's not a simple job. I do know a few relevant things that could be helpful. Those drivers are 1-3/8"-18. Good luck finding a helicoil. It was bottom tapped, either at the foundry or by Klipsch, and probably with the face of the tap ground flat to get threads near the bottom. The threads in the K400 are sloppy on my pair. Your best bet is find a replacement or build it up with weld or Devcon and re-tap. The suggestion to use tape isn't a bad one, but it didn't work because tape wrapped around the external thread just goes in the root of the external thread. You need to build up the minor diameter of the internal thread, or the crest of the external thread. I would try something along the lines of a thin plastic shim or foil instead of the Teflon tape.
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  3. San Clemente Pier Bowl and Dana Point Marina Beach days
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  4. A little boy gets on the public bus and sits right behind the bus driver. The boy keeps repeatedly saying," If my mom was a cow and my dad was a bull, I'd be a little calf. If my mom was a hen and my dad was a chicken, I'd be a little chick. If my mom was a deer and my dad was a buck, I'd be a little deer. If my mom was a duck and my dad was a goose, I'd be a little duckling." The bus annoyed bus driver stops the bus and turns to the boy saying, "What if your mom was a drunk and you dad was a bum?" The boy responds, "Then I'd be a bus driver."
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  5. I agree with the sentiment in this thread. Although I have no doubt the Cornwall IV would fill your room, you will miss what the LS brings to the table. I went from CW IV to LS II. I loved the Cornwalls, great speakers. But the midrange of the LS II and the folded horn bass is a really nice upgrade. Although Lascala IIs don't come around very often, if you can locate a pair, that's my suggestion. Mine are cherry and look very elegant in the listening room.
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  6. You could add a layer of 1/4 - 1/2 inch birch ply to the left, right and top, then veneer with the grain of choice. The thicker sides will look more like fine furniture, and will cost you less than the newer LS. Even though the looks of the newer ones are killer.
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  7. Hi all, I have finished building a pair of custom Klipsch Belle / Scala style speakers. Has been a long term project for my home. They are birch ply with spalted oak veneer. The hardware was bought from Crites Speakers and is as follows: Pair of CT120 Tweeters Pair of A-55G Midrange Drivers Pair of CW1526C Woofers Pair of Type A crossovers I would like to invest in a nice amp later on but at the moment I am very short of cash and would like something budget to listen to my music that is appropriate for the speakers and won't damage the hardware. Any ideas? (I live in the UK) Thanks for your time!
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  8. This is a 45wpc in Ultralinear, and 30wpc in triode which is switchable on the fly. This has a new quad of KT88's tubes with less then 100 hours on them. The VRD stands for valve rollers dream and this amp can take many different tubes like EL34, 6L6GC, 5881, 350B, KT66, KT88, 6550, KT90 but Craig built it for the KT88's and I agree on the amazing sound. This weighs a ton and shipping will not be cheap for me. Now wired with 8 and 16ohm taps with the 4 ohm tap available. I will also include a full set of 350b tubes with appropriate rectifiers also on top of the full set of KT88 tubes as well. I accept PP friends and Zelle. 2,200.00 shipped with full set of tubes Thank you Charlie Attachments
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  9. That little Marantz will give you everything you need to get started and should sound quite nice with your speakers. It isn't going to be the best thing in the world, but it will be good. Then, once you've got some music coming out of those beauties, keep hanging around the forums reading what others are saying about various components. Ask questions. See what others are using and listening to. Before long, you will have a pretty good idea of what you want next to take your listening to the next level. Just be warned...this is a very addictive and potentially expensive path you're starting down. Welcome to the club!
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  10. www.schiit.com Most that buy them enjoy them. I run the Mani for my phono stage and it rocks! IF you can pull the site up go to "choosing amps & preamps." Might help you out!
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  11. Parts express has the 15" Dayton back in stock, get 2-4 = $500
    2 points
  12. I said before I don't have a high budget at the moment. This is a transitionary phase where I just want to be able to listen to my music in some form. That is what it's all about . . . right? 😂
    2 points
  13. I run a pair of B&W Signature 805 Tiger Eye speakers off a Denon 3805 and five Palladiums from a Denon AVR 5800. Really expensive speakers in both cases and dirt cheap receivers on the second hand market. The 5800 is really special, 170 wpc x 7. Transformer is about 5" or more across and weighs a ton. Look at that beauty. $4,000 when new 20 years ago.
    2 points
  14. Yea, but a budget of 200 pounds and located in the UK really limits this.
    2 points
  15. Everyone starts somewhere. You'll figure it out. Patience is a virtue. This place is great and you can glean tons of good info. You can also drown yourself in the info you get. Settle in, thunk on it and relax. What do YOU want it to do? You already KNOW it's going to sound great. Now it's a step at a time. BABY steps! Receiver/small tube amp, turntable, cart, phono stage for your table, Baby steps brother. A thing at a time but ALWAYS keep an eye out and scrounge it if you can. If you can actually hear it play that's an added plus. It'll drive you insane if you let it. Have fun and stick around.
    2 points
  16. Not for 200 pounds. The receivers that I mentioned above will do everything that you are asking for. Use an optical out from your laptop to the built in DACs.
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  17. I like my SVS SB-2000 with my La Scalas. I've had it for 3 years now with no problems and it sounds great. I think the SB-2000 is discontinued and replaced by the SB-2000 Pro.
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  18. I'm told that they would be considered to be an 8ohm load, and very efficient at about 104db for 1watt. I do not know about amps, and I was hoping that I might get some advice on what type of amp would be suitable for this setup. Apologies for the confusion, by 'budget' I meant cheap. The main criteria is that they are cheap and compatible with the specs I have given. I'm aware that this is a forum for enthusiasts and I understand that cheap options may not be of interest but I have spent a lot of time and money so far and would like to enjoy the speakers while I save for a more quality setup.
    2 points
  19. Interesting listen last night. I picked up the 3-lp Bigger Bang live @ Copacabana Beach. Another re-master to add to the shelves BUT it hasn't been tucked away just yet. Hit it for the second time last night and thought it was even better than the first time thru. The Copacabana Beach show was a free concert, resulting in what was reportedly one of the largest crowds ever. “Not that we’re unused to playing some of the biggest shows in the world, but I must say Rio did take the cake,” Keith Richards said of the show in a statement. From Rolling Stone. Yup, they're still hangin in there like a rusty fish hook! Charlie WILL be missed though! HUGE CROWD! FREE SHOW? They still got it workin! Snag it if you're a Stones fan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx3WxIgnitM Click it to win it! hahaha That's not happening. Naturally, it was released to youtube but no embedding here. Check it out!
    2 points
  20. The cost of a 1 3/8"-16 tap is $126.64. The fixturing to ensure correct engagement will take a lot of time to set up as a tap that large is ungainly to use by hand. And that assumes there's enough left to repair. Not the method I'd pursue. Were it mine and I wished to reuse existing parts here's my take. I'd clean threads very well both horn and driver. Using Loctite 272 generously (several drops around the threads of driver-DO NOT coat entire thread) then install driver into horn. Allow it to sit vertically (mouth of horn down) overnight. I'd used a new original type gasket as well. It will take some effort to remove when/if time comes.
    2 points
  21. Selling my Denon POA-1500 stereo power amplifier which is in very good condition. I purchased this seven years ago from the original owner. Unit was previously serviced and the large capacitors were replaced at that time. This is a great sounding and performing amplifier that is rated at 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Everything works on it and it is beautiful to look at, especially with the meters bouncing. There are some minor blemishes on the sides. The only flaw is a chip on the left inside flange of the front glass panel, which isn't visible unless you're looking for it. It's very difficult to see due to the black background behind the glass panel, even when the meters are lit up. I tried to show it in one of the photos (left side closeup) but it's so subtle the camera wouldn't capture the detail. After some research I believe the glue holding the glass to the metal faceplate gave way during shipping and the glass bounced around inside the amplifier causing the chip. I repaired it by removing the rest of the old glue and using hot glue to re-attach the glass to the metal faceplate. Includes the original box and manual. Features: Output peak level meters, switchable sub-sonic filter, normal and high-cut input jacks, self diagnosis indicators, 2 sets of speaker outputs, input level controls. $625 + Shipping and Fees (PP). Local pick up also an option. Thanks for looking!
    2 points
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  28. I gave $1,000 for a perfect (10/10) pair right after the COVID shutdown happened in 2020 - no dings, dents, or scratches. Perfect.
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  29. The answer is (as with everything else) a definite "maybe they will make a difference". The very low inductance of the Acoustic Elegance woofers voice coils comes into to play, the higher in frequency your design expects out of the woofer. I ran the numbers on the AE TD15M-4 ($459-$599) as a possible replacement for the K48 in my Chorus II (if they ever give out), compared to the FaitalPro 15PR400-4, for about 50% of the price ($271) of the AE ...which also has a voice coil with vary low inductance. For example, the TD15M-4 has an Le of .20mH. The 15PR400-4 has an Le of .60mH. The K48 has an Le of 1.00mH. Below 300hz...the difference in the freq curve (when Le is taken into account) is very little. The F3 is about the same and the SPL at 300hz is close. But, at 300-400hz and higher, the low Le of the AE begins to have a telling affect. Below is a little chart I ran using Unibox (I like this little program). Notice how the higher in frequency the woofer goes, the more the Le rolls off the SPL's. At 400hz the K48 is starting to roll off the higher it goes, while the AE SPL's are staying the same. Where that comes into play is when your woofer meets a Mid/Tweet at between 400-800hz. The AE will have a minimum SPL 3-4db greater SPL in this region (all other things being equal) compared to the K48 with the higher VC inductance...which makes mating the woofers and tweeter with crossovers 'maybe' easier. I think it can be said that the frequencies between 300hz and 800hz will have more 'presence' than with the K48 in the Chorus II. I would imagine that at 300-400hz and below, box tuning can mitigate any frequency related differences between the woofers. Distortion figures are probably lower in the AE and FaitalPro, but whether or not it could be heard in the 50hz-350hz region is debatable. I have reviewed every Eminence woofer that might replace the K48 and none of them (on paper) are the equal of the TD15M-4 or 15PR400-4 (or K48)....although at 50% to 75% cheaper, the Eminence woofers are the obvious better value. If you have the cash and are crossing over above 400hz, as a direct radiator, the AE TD15M-4 and the FaitalPro 15PR400-4 are just plain hard to beat. Neither of them bests the K48 in the lower regions below 100hz. The K48 is a beast down there. If I had the money, I would purchase the AE TD15M-4 (but I don't). In the future, I will most likely purchase the FaitalPro 15PR400-4. FWIW....these are some facts and figures, with my added in opinions. I could be all wet, but I don't think so. YMMV> 100.4 101.3 98.2 2.83V 96.8 97.6 95.5 1W1M 1 1 1 # of Woofers 2 2 2 No. of Ports 4 4 4 Port Diam 4.1 4.1 8.00 Port Length 120 120 140 Vb 47 48 35 Fb 46 49 43 F3 0.73 0.82 0.98 Peak db 77 83 117 Peak at hz 95.4 95 94 SPL @ 50hz 97.0 98 96.2 SPL @ 200hz 96.8 97.8 95 SPL @ 400hz FaitalPro AE Klipsch 15PR400-4 TD15M-4 K48
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  30. People can find beauty almost anywhere they look and I am guessing there are many beautiful sites, sunrises and sunsets even in Ohio!
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  31. People can find beauty almost anywhere they look and I am guessing there are many beautiful sites, sunrises and sunsets even in Ohio!
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  32. Audio Assoc Wheaton got my money saved for a car, twice Long live the gremlin.................... Gave it away to a girlfriend, both left shortly after....... LaScalas are forever
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  33. Nothing wrong with an amplifier giving a little color to the sound. Most of the time this means a little 2nd harmonic. Most all of Nelson Pass' Firstwatt amplifiers have some 2nd harmonic and a touch of third. Jean Hirago surmised this many years ago for a superb sounding amplifier. A little 2nd harmonic and a touch of third. Amplifier design is not all science. It is called the entertainment industry. Most, if given a choice, will pick an amplifier that sounds best to them.
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  34. Alright so I've had some time with mine now and pretty much came to the same conclusions when pitted against the Carver 275 with the exception of a few things: the Carver has significantly more bass output on about 9 out of 10 songs which is kind of weird because certain songs / type of music the PA5 is just as capable? Maybe its the Carver "magic doubling" of the low frequencies I read about? Almost feel the need for a sub with the PA5 but maybe I'll get used to it? Also the Carver has a bigger presentation and deeper sound stage, more holographic although the PA5 does very well on its own much better than my Sunfire Receiver. While not drastic I agree the PA5 sounds probably more accurate under scrutiny but the Carver has a warmer, more natural sound (coloring?) that draws you in, more engaging. When I was scrolling through songs I tended to listen to the whole song more often when using the Carver and would tend to move on quicker with PA5 once I'd heard enough for comparison purposes. All in all I personally like the sound of the Carver better-- is it 7.5 times the price better? 🤷‍♂️ The PA5 is a very nice amplifier I'm glad I picked one up thanks.
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  35. I found the light on the water interesting the other day and took a few pics.
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  36. Thanks for finding these! This is in Scotland so a bit far away (I'm based in London) and I really don't need a cd deck.
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  39. I am not the owner of anything, I am in possession of Gil's gear. I sent Gil and Joe an inventory of everything that I was able to pick up. I can hold onto things for a while for him. McIntosh MR74, C26, MC2505, MI-3, SCR2 Quartets, (3) Belle (2 consecutive AA x-overs, (1) darker with AB-2), (2) K-400 horns, (2) K-500 horns, (3) K-500 like horns crossovers: (1) 60th anniversary khorn, (2) homebuilt khorn, (2) AA (oil caps), (2) AK-4 15" woofers: (2) Pyle, (2) Pioneer, (6) EV EVM-15L, (1) EV 15W Components: (6) K77 (round), (1) K77 (square), (1) K-77M, (2) K-55V, (2) B&C DE85-8 AVEL Toroidal Transformers: (3) D4040, (3) D4007 I guessed from the photo I got that they were Forte, but they turned out to be Quartet's (was even a surprise to Gil). I will see what he want to do, I might be interested in the walnut quartets to replace my oak quartets. However, I am waiting on Joe to see where he might end up which will greatly depend on the rehab progress.
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  40. Crites now sells replacements: "C401 Plastic 400Hz Horns. Pair of these horns is $340. Please contact me for shipping quote." https://critesspeakers.com/product-updates.html
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  41. We don't have any snakes or alligators crawling around in the snow either in Ohio. JJK
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  42. Tried the plumbers tape and it didn’t help. I will try just screwing it in there. The face of the driver is pretty flat and so is the surface where the horn meets it so I’ll give it a shot.
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  43. Nice rack of amps. Plug them in like this..
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  44. I completely agree, and will keep this project a SE amplifier. It's probably best to do the Brook 12a amp as a completely different project, possibly a real high end mono amp with all the bells and whistles and really do it up right. The majority here are already most likely using push pull amplifiers and for the ones with single ended amplifiers are probably under 10 watts and are only Class A1. Many here probably have never heard a single ended Class A2 amplifier and it's benefits. So I think I will stick to a pure Class A2 single ended amplifier with at least 10 watts. The circuit I am working on now does 12 watts with less than 1% THD. I think that's pretty decent especially compared to some of these amps people say sound really good (Reisong A10) but are testing at 7% THD at 1 watt power. To me that's just too much distortion and not Hifi.
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  45. Hydroelectric is used around here. Best thing going most of the time but no substitute for nukes.
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  46. I think they'll be great, especially with your taller ceilings.
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