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  1. 17 points
    Silly, I know... first wife passed away from malignant melanoma. Second wife is a wonderful Filipina. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Enjoying weekend away in a cheap motel and having fun. It doesn't matter much what goes right or wrong, we are together. Blessings to all!
  2. 17 points
    Msde it back home. It's a mess but nothing broken or damaged.
  3. 12 points
    Well, I finally finished them, and they sound amazing.
  4. 11 points
    Thought I would join in. Here is my 300B/2A3 SET amplifier. Powers a pair of Heresy III (but can also be used as a headphone amp). High voltage and filament voltage is adjustable for either 300B or 2A3 with switches. Bias is adjustable for the power tubes and 6V6 driver tubes. Separate power supplies for output stage and input/driver stage. And separate filament supplies for each of the power tubes. Hybrid rectification. Each chassis weighs a ton. Signal chassis: Power Supply:
  5. 11 points
    We're at my daughters house now which is just north of Houston. Well head home tomorrow as soon as we're able.
  6. 10 points
    I've been busy during COVID working on my small listening space. It is in a building out behind my house with 240V power, heat & a/c, internet and phone. I will probably post more photos if there is interest, but thought y'all might like a couple of teasers. There is supposed to be a large TV on the bracket (you probably guessed that) but I don't have one yet. Ceiling detail: The foreground center ceiling panel is attic access.
  7. 10 points
    Finished my grandsons bed, he designed it, it's all 2" thick wood and matches his desk. It's a full xl, an odd size but he outgrew the single, mostly in length. Glad that's done, now just a little end table for the head of the bed. Then finish remodeling the bathroom, then upstairs bedroom and I can start on my workshop.
  8. 9 points
    Well, after some electrical and cable issues, we did get in hours of great listening switching between, EV's, Split LSI's, 3 way Mini punch's, 396's and the devastator. All the speakers are set up outside and today, all driven with Carl's ATI amp which sounded great. I'm sure you will see some pics that others took with the setup, and had a great day. Time for a little evening socializing and maybe and adult beverage or 3. @Thaddeus Smith we're sorry it didn't work out too, and that applies to so many that would have been here in April. Strange times indeed, but great to see everyone that has made the journey.
  9. 9 points
    Just finished this one. My friend drew up the schematic based on what we had on hand. The rectifiers are RCA 816 mercury vapors, power tubes triode wired 1625, and driven by 6J5GT. The 6J5 are half a 6SN7 and I've been collecting them for years... I'll do distortion and power ratings soon. The meters need a little tweaking but sounds ok so far. joined_video_c8d5860632994b51984cb95326861299.MP4
  10. 9 points
    My clone of the Scott LK-72A amplifier section with the cage removed. Needs a nice wooden plinth. I have a pair of the Scott LK72A/299C output transformer replacements from Transcendar and will swap those in after spending time with the Hammonds. The Hammonds are a wee bit oversized for the power levels but I had them lying around so why not. Compensation needed some tweaking with the Hammonds. Also, the original design used silver mica in the FDBK return which I had a bit of a time with. For some reason, which I'm still noodling, MLCC provided much better stability based on the analyzer response. The amp is insanely quiet. Spectrum analyzer shows flat well out past 50kHz. If there's ever another Pilgrimage I might be tempted to drive this thing and a modified version that's almost complete down to Hope so we can all listen, compare, contrast.
  11. 9 points
    So I was finally able to earn the money to purchase a system, called up Cory ant Paducah and placed the order. Many cudos to Cory and Mark, the transaction was simple and the communication excellent. 2 weeks or so later, the UPS truck pulls up and drops 2 very large pallets at the end of the driveway. Fortunately my skid steer came with forks, so it was easy to move them into the shop. My neighbor and fellow Klipsch audio nut and wood worker came over on a Saturday morning and we modified the counter tops in the shop to accommodate the Jubilees. After about 3 hours of measuring(twice), cutting, fastening, and cleaning up the room was ready. So how do a couple of 60 year old guys unbox and move 250 lb LF cabinets? Well, you open the box, hold the flaps open, roll it on its side and then to the top leaving the packaging in place. Pull off the box and there is the speaker on its feet on the packing(the speakers are placed in the box upside down). I happen to have large long plastic furniture glides, so we put them under the cabinet and pulled/pushed the cabinets in to place. The placed the horns on top and cabled them up, the cables were already there. Then some quick reconfiguration to get the Xilica 4080 DSP (pre programmed thankfully) connected to the rest of the components in the head end.
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    Made the grandson his end table, didn't ask how he wanted it except for height and size. I made it a little odd shaped, he wanted the shelf to hold his laptop and the top is for his phone. It's a little curvy.
  14. 8 points
    Then you had to go back to work
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  16. 8 points
    The studio that mastered the album that you speak of (White Ladders by David Grey) is named "360 Mastering" in the UK. They currently advertise the following loudspeakers that they use: PMC-MB2S-XBD-A Active Monitoring System Amplifier power per channel: LF 600W, LF 600W, MF 120W , HF 120W Crossover frequency: 380Hz & 3.8kHz Dimensions: H 68.5" W 15" D 21" Drivers: LF x 2 (12" driver) , MF (1" fabric dome) , HF (soft dome) Weight: 194 lbs Genelec 1029a active nearfield monitor SPL -- Short term RMS @ 1m -- 100 dB SPL, Peak per pair with music material 110 dB SPL @ 1m Drivers -- Bass 5", Treble 3/4" metal dome + DCW Crossover frequencies 3.3 kHz Free field frequency response ± 2.5dB (70 - 18,000 Hz) Amplifier power / ch -- Bass 40 W, Treble 40 W Here is a shot of their current studio: The above is part of the issue with the track in question, but especially the judgments of the person who did the mastering and the musician that accepted his work. The track of which you speak (Sail Away) has a dynamic range rating of 9 (dB). (I don't own a copy of track.) Apparently the mastering person pushed the loudness of the track too far and couldn't hear the effects of that loudness level on the loudspeakers and room shown above...or he could hear the effects but chose to make it that loud anyway. There is an unknown amount of compression and limiting used in this track, probably well over 10 dB. The Sarah McLachlan track (Angel) has a dynamic range rating of 12 (dB), i.e., 3 dB higher. I own a copy of this track from the album Surfacing. While the album isn't terrible, it does have ~3 dB of clipping average across the album. The particular track that you identify (Angel) has a solo piano and female voice with an electric bass accompaniment that was overdubbed after the voice and piano were recorded. This track isn't particularly hi-fi, but it's not terrible either. It sounds "edgy" as released, not really very close to what it would sound like live without amplification--and more like the microphones used were placed too close to the singer and piano. There is also a fair amount of artificial reverberation used. It has about 1 dB of limiting/EQ to compress the dynamic range. The is an unknown amount of compression used in this track, probably ~6 dB. Chris
  17. 7 points
    Here are a few. Just finished 1.5wpc 1625 triode wired. Knight KB83 or was lol... 4 x EL37, 2 xgz34 forgot other tubes lol but they are bugle boys. This ran so hot we completely gutted it and redesigned it. It is now a PP triode el37 about 10wpc. Brook 12A Clones I built including PWK or Moderfari mods. A gift from IBSlammin. LuxmanPP triode 50ca10. Just completed cap replacement and putting it back to factory as it has been modified. Going to bring it up this week. Next to be rebuilt two EL84 amplifiers chock full of awesome mullard gz34 and el84 tubes. Love the look. I love the fisher it has been modified so I am not sure what I will do with it... Looks abit ratty.
  18. 7 points
  19. 7 points
    One more, when I see the Sun's light streaming into a window, it is as if I am on another world, with a different Sun.
  20. 7 points
    Fires filling the California skies with smoke. A shot of the sun, casting a strange light.
  21. 7 points
    Back on the Salt River with my wife (she took the pictures), one of my granddaughters (she liked the "fast, bumpy water" which were a few mild rapids that had some 8-12" standing waves which you have to aim for to hit), and a bunch of wild mustangs trying to beat the heat.
  22. 7 points
  23. 7 points
    Still my 1996 Cary SLi 50 with 5C3S (5U4G) from the 60s Nos Military SVETLANA with original BOX, 12AU7-T II Gold Psvane, UK 6SN7 Psvane, 6CA7 JJ
  24. 7 points
  25. 7 points
    The first is my everyday amplifier, a conventional type of OTL amplifier using 6C33C output tubes. I quite like the second one too; again OTL, using 6082 output tubes. The novelty with this one is that there are no transformers at all; it runs directly from the mains supply. It's based on one of the earliest OTL designs, by Dickie and Macovski in 1954. Regretfully, my constructions tend to be rather utilitarian in comparison to some of the beautiful ones built by others!
  26. 7 points
    I built a two stage amp interstage coupling that can take 45 or 2a3. I favor the 45 but 2a3 is no slouch. Awesome triodes. I want to build on the same topology but for 50/300b.
  27. 7 points
    Hey guys, I have lowered the price from my original ask of $3600cnd down to $3300cnd I have decided to list my active 2-way speaker system to make room for my next project. I started out with a pair of Peavey, FH-1 bass cabinets that I laminated with 1/2 inch Baltic Birch on all 6 sides via screws and PL. I swapped the drivers out for a pair of Crites cast woofers, Bob’s fantastic CW1526CF. For the hi frequency I went with the Klipsch K 510 horns which IMHO are only second to the mighty K 402! The 510s are backed with the very good Faital HF-200 compression drivers. All internal wiring is Supra PLY3.4 Speaker Wire, one of my favourite affordable speaker cables. https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/speaker-wire/supra-ply3.4-speaker-wire-per-foot-12-awg/ To house the K 510 / HF-200s, I built the Top Hats out of Baltic Birch and counter sunk the horns to give them a nice flush look. The HF-200s are a big compression driver, so I used a pair of Crites midrange horn/driver support brackets and pair of 2 inch gaskets to steady the ship. I used Black Duratex to refinish the insides of the FH-1 folds as well as coat the bottoms of the bass bins and top hats, then installed some rubber feet for each of the 4 cabinets. For the final touch I veneered the cabinets with flat cut Walnut and applied some Rubio Monocrat Oil 2C in Pure (Natural). I was able to book match all the cabinets pretty well, even looking down from the top with the top hats on the bass bins. I did take a bunch of build pics as I went along if anybody would like to see what all went on with these babies. Please keep in mind that these are designed to be run actively, I use a Xilica XP-4080 crossover with a SS amp on the bass bins and then a SET tube amp on the Hi Frequency. So you will need a similar active crossover or source a passive Xover from someone like Bob Crites or ALK Engineering. But, I really highly recommend active and I am more than happy to share my XP-4080 settings (THANKS, Chris) that have been dialled in for Crossover points, Time delay, EQ and Gains (although gains would need to be adjusted for what ever amps you use). This system is very fun to listen to and so far has only been bettered by the Klipsch Jubilee clones that I built several years back. If following distancing and mask protocol, a limited audition could be set up, but only for those very serious to buy. With the current travel bans across the Canada / USA borders, and the size of these, local sale is the only logistic sales route. So, lets hope we have a Klipsch forum member in the GTA or South Western Ontario area that would like these for their listening room. Asking $3,300cnd. Which is about $2,300usd. For more and better res pics, have a look here... https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649648769-klipsch-peavey-jub-peavey/ Thanks for looking.
  28. 7 points
    This is the current version I built and listen to. The tops are still in the experimental stage. I had a pair of Knorn Bass Bins at the time I built these. Lost those when our home burned down. Made the tops modular/moveable so I could also use them with the Khorn bins. You can't see the tweeter mounts in this photo. They are moveable/adjustable anywhere from the fronts of the two horns flush(tweeter forward) to the face of the drivers being aligned (tweeter rearward). I can easily align the tops with the bass bins as well. Can't do anything with phase of course but can play with time alignment to an extent. La Scala bins are stock except the 1/4" MDF wrap I gave them and the veneer and grills.
  29. 6 points
    Here is mine, Rogue Audio RP-7 preamp, Atlas Magnum II amp, Rogue Audio Pharoah, Elekit TU-8800, and Tavish Adagio Phono pre with tube rectified power supply.
  30. 6 points
    I gave up on Ebay bidding even with bid snipping. One time and one time only have I won a bid that I benefited from. Most of the time it was buy it now. That one time I won was with my 79 Cornwalls that I still own today. Luckily they were local, the description read Klipsch speakers with blown twitters. I offered him $650.00 to cancel auction, he declined and I ended up winning them for around $575.00.
  31. 6 points
    Well, two of them have stories for sure, thanks for asking. The radio was built by my grandfather, so my grandmother told me. I never knew him, and she's been gone 41 years. She knew how much I loved stuff like that, and even though I was a just a boy she knew I'd hang on to it. The headphones came with it. It has a single 4-pin tube in it. The terminals on the left are ANT and GND, and the terminals on the top right are for headphones, and the remaining four on the right are for A and B battery connections. The leftmost knob is a giant variable capacitor, the middle one is a rheostat, and the rightmost knob is a giant coil-within-a-coil mechanism. The tube has what appears to be a tubular diode or something attached, perhaps as a detector? I dunno. I've never powered it up, though I have the supplies to do so. The whiskey bottle was the "medicinal whiskey" from my parents kitchen cabinet in the house where I grew up. When mom died in 2018, we were cleaning out the house and I found the bottle. It was empty, lol. I kept it. In this photo there isn't, but now there is a protective pad (doily?) on top of the KHorn that this stuff is resting on. The coffee cup speaks for itself. Stolen from PWK. I'm not much of a decorator, but these things remind me of family and of home. The floor is concrete with a rug on it, but I'm seriously considering a laminate wood floor with the rug on THAT, just to give it a more comfy feel. Still working on the other two walls - more lights to hang and foam to put up.
  32. 6 points
    no plans on veneering them. They will get a complete sanding down to the wood. There are a few minor repairs to make. Ultimately, they are slated for Plum Mahogany (version II). I liked the 1st pair so well, gonna do it again. That was the only pair I really had a hard time letting go. Keepers this time! I plan on updating the AA crossovers with the Crites kit. They have 77 square, 55 spring lug. I haven't pulled the dog house cover yet to reveal square or round K33. Pretty simple restoration, just time consuming.
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
  35. 6 points
    It's good work if you can get it, it might take some practice. I wish, no grilling or smoking today, stuffed bell peppers and garlic mashed potatoes. Even cheated with that, peppers were stuffed a couple weeks ago, defrosted then baked for 40 minutes.
  36. 6 points
    The last one was uplifting, nostalgic and fun. Took a turn after that, this one rocks! This makes the three first pressings I've got by the Doors seem more complete now.
  37. 6 points
    Well someone had to post one of these, great results so far.
  38. 6 points
    Breadboards? Here's a SRPP using a 6SL7 to drive a 71A. DC heating, because directly heating with 5 volts AC is a challenge I really doubt I can pull off. Polypropylene/oil caps used for cathode/filament bypassing. James universal OPTs. The circuit shined on my LaScalas I had at the time. Not much gumption at 800 milliwatts a side, but it sure had a nice sound.
  39. 6 points
    Welborne Labs Moondogs 2A3 amps. Mullard GZ37 rectifiers, 6sn7 driver tubes (overkill, a single would have been enough).
  40. 6 points
  41. 6 points
    My Cary SLi50 1996 first version 2x30W pure Classe A, era and design Dennis Had 😍
  42. 6 points
    I have been having a lot of fun with my new Inspire Universal SET rmlowz
  43. 6 points
  44. 6 points
    Do you know them? I know this one: (it's a mussel car)
  45. 6 points
  46. 6 points
    This just landed in my garage, Something tells me a will have less time in front of the HiFi, at least while the weather is still good. I have not ridden in a few years and this is a huge difference from my last motorbike, which was a Kawi, ZX10R. I thought it might remind me of the RC51 that came before the ZX10, but also different than I remember that... 1 Litre Duck Eater!
  47. 6 points
    A new day has dawned. Anyone need a wake up call?
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    WOW....very nice setup, I've always thought it would be so cool to have your own landing strip, leave any time. My Dad was a pilot, owned a Piper Cherokee(4 seater). We actually lived right across from the airport. On nice days, we would be flying...after he got home from work, us from school, baseball etc. In the early 80s, the cost started rising, and he sold half to a good friend, until that guy developed diabetes, and had to quit flying. My Dad owned it for about 20 years. I never flew on a jet until I was about 40 years old, but flew with him probably 10k times. Great memories. This is the only pic I have. My Dad would let his older brother use his plane, he had a license also, from WWll...pic was from the early 70s.
  50. 6 points
    My son in laws brother is a policeman in Orange TX. He naturally had to stay during the storm. Orange is pretty much ground 0 for this storm. Supposedly they have a cat 5 rated facility for him to stay in. We're all praying for them.
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