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  1. you just saved yourself from having to add more
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  2. Naa @dirtmudd it was the 101 and the 151 that pickled my first filter! I only did 24 to 36 brewskis a night. I've severely limited my intake since I tossed those chips out, still got Bill's Book though. Stinkin' Thinkin' @grasshopper it was more than I meant to put on and since there aren't any fillers in what I get it clumped up.
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  3. Do you remember the scene early in Easy Rider in which Captain America (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) have completed their big score, by bringing a quantity of cocaine across the border from Mexico? Now that they had the money (although by modern standards neither the quantity of coke nor the amount of money seemed like very much), they were set for at least quite a while. The next thing that Peter Fonda did was to take off his watch and toss it away, indicating that they were now free of any schedule and were at last truly free. It was an evocative move that I’ve never seen in any other movie.
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  4. Thanks. I'll have to look for that. The original pressing has a locked groove at the end of Side 1, in which a voice says "Turn me over. Turn me over. Turn me over." again and again. At the end of Side 2, the locked groove voice says "Play me again. Play me again. Play me again." That was pretty unexpected in 1969. If you have some stories that you're willing to share, but not in public here, message me. You've got me curious now. Yeah, even in the Seventies with Barnstorm, Joe didn't like to hang around for an encore. When I saw him at the El Mocambo in Toronto (the same small but famous club where The Rolling Stones played. in 1977. I was outside but unable to get in for that one. Security was tight and the only fans getting in were those who had won tickets on a radio contest.), the fans were thumping and clapping after Barnstorm's set, but all we got was Joe coming out with a towel around his neck, telling us he was tired and he was done for the night. The last time I saw him was a bit of a disappointment. It was at a winery in Woodinville (that's not a typo), Washington, which had a large grassy area surrounding an open-air seating area in front of the stage. It was a bit of a hassle getting there, because I'd taken the ferry, picked up a friend who had moved to the US, who was happy to be invited along, booked a couple of nights at a hotel, and arrived at the show quite a bit out of pocket, although the tickets were only $75USD, and you could buy wine before and during the show. I was expecting a great evening, then we learned that he had fired the opening act a few minutes before they were to start, but he and his band were not going on early. Maybe he wanted to wait for sunset, so the lighting was more interesting. Anyway, his set started on time, and he did a good 90-minute show. And that was it. Our back-row seats were not great, and there was no photography permitted. This was in sharp contrast to the outdoor show he'd done at a casino north of Seattle in 2012. That was a great week. I saw Joe play in Victoria on the Tuesday, and at the casino on the Thursday of the same week! I had front row seats for that one, and nobody objected when I pulled out my monopod and DSLR, complete with 70-200 2.8 lens. I shot a solid 30 minutes of HD video at that show, plus took quite a few stills. It was a fun evening. The next day, before going home, we visited the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum, which was located nearby, and was a Sunday afternoon well-spent. If I seem ambivalent about that particular concert, it's because that weekend cost me $1200CAD in total, much more than I had expected. Naturally, I didn't expect my lady friend to pay anything, especially since I had invited her. The next time I see Joe play, it will be on Vancouver Island, where I saw him play at an outdoor show in 2012 for $100CAD, at a venue only a 10-minute drive from my place. I might go as far as Vancouver, but the ferry and obligatory hotel room plus meals (the last ferry is at 9 pm) brings the cost to at least $300 for most mainland shows, before even buying tickets. Maybe seeing Joe live 9 times is enough. I may just buy concert Blu-rays in future.
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  5. I certainly do!
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  6. Then onto something more like I was feeling early on this eve. Glad I got to see two of the above multiple times. But Deep Purple? They came to town once after I was old enough and I didn't see the "Perfect Strangers" tour.
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  7. Been back to normal for me today. What has inspired and/or uplifted you today?.. I ask. Those that know me know it's all about the 70s! Started here:
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  8. Most days I don't need to know. 😉
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  9. too much parm? I don't think that is possible
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  10. The entire thing is thick ceramic so it holds in the heat really well. Coupled with a thick pizza stone and preheating to over 700° it works really well as a pizza oven. it was pricey but I spend a LOT of time cooking outside during the warmer months. On the opposite end of the spectrum it can hold temp at around 225° for almost 24 hours which makes it perfect for smoking pork butts overnight without me having to wake up constantly and check on it.
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  11. Converting the garage speakers from passive balancing networks to 2-way bi-amped with a digital crossover allows me to utilize a nice pair of Sony ES power amplifiers.
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  12. The Faital drivers sound great and have a good look mounted on the K-402. I didn't even know I needed these until I saw them for sale recently. Thank goodness for the Klipsch Forum Garage Sale section.
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  13. They currently have 4 1” rubber feet each underneath but I’m wondering if the bass would improve if I put risers on them like the new AL5’s have. Thanks in advance for any input.
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  14. Very true and after my kids were older, they read to me. They would bring books on our vacations and would take turns reading aloud as I drove.
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  15. Watches are for people with somewhere to be.
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  16. Thank you for posting this. I was intrigued by this and checked my tubes. I have these 12AX7tubes in my possession: NOS Sovtek that came with my Leben CS300 (see picture, on the left, no etching or markings) Genalex made in Russia Gold Lion New stock Sovtek 12AX7LPS (not in the picture, because they are currently in my Leben amp) Even if both tubes were made in Russian, I can confirm the observations described at effectrode.com: they feel different: the Gold Lion is thicker and heavier they look different: The glass: NOS Sovtek (no etching, no markings), Gold Lion (beatiful gold printing, markings) the getter: NOS Sovtek (a ring), Gold Lion (a saucer) the plates: NOS Sovtek (about 1cm long), Gold Lion (about 1,5 cm long) etcetera... The new old stock Sovtek tubes are completely different inside, that's my conclusion. Just look at the picture. Let me explain about the many iterations of the Leben Hifi CS300. The Japanese company's engineer and owner builds and designs them around the stock of tubes he has. When his stock has expired, taking into account replacements for the owners, he buys a new stock of good quality nos tubes, and redesigns the CS300, moving on to the next model: the CS300XS, the CS300F etc. While I'm typing this, I am listening to the Tubecube 7 with the nos Sovtek EL84 and nos Sovtek 12AX7 tubes, connected to my Klipsch RP160Ms (close listening). They sound amazing. .... I wish I could put them back in my Leben CS300, for sure, but unfortunately, one of them is faulty (they were in use for about 15 years), and I have no idea where to buy them.
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  17. the LSI can take quite a bit of heavy usage , day in day out , the LS used the K-33 which had more slam upfront , but the LSI K-43 is quite articulate with mid bass , and overall a very highly seeked speaker , the k-43 is a rare bird nowadays , and these were even used in these big bad boys , so no worries
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  18. Lots of questions. Let look into it. I will tell you the forte ii/iii/I’ve drone and chorus drone are the same build. Just different weights. I will find out.
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  19. Risers decouple the LSI speakers from the Floor surface , they also raise the speakers by 3 inches , but the bass is not improved solely by adding risers , however you can avoid bass loss via a tighter seal of the lower woofer door panel -
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  20. Go get 'em. I am re-capping Chorus II crossovers right now. Not difficult if you are good with a soldering station. I am placing the caps on a separate board to make it cleaner. Here are the completed Forte II x-overs I just did which are very similar. I went with a larger board for the Chorus. I will post a bunch of detailed pics when I am done. I also have some drawings of the circuit boards that I made to make it easier to follow.
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  21. I finished The Apollo Murders a couple of weeks ago, and it did not disappoint. You can occasionally tell that it's a first novel, but it's a great story, well thought out and with lots of unexpected turns. In the process of reading it, I learned some surprising things about the Russian space program in the 1970s. Relative to the US program, only the basics reached most Western news agencies, but the info was available, and the author Chris Hadfield knew where to look for it. A number of the characters in the book were actual members of the US and USSR governments and space programs, which makes the story seem more credible. Highly recommended for fans of science and speculative fiction. Even if you're not usually a sci-fi reader, but you like action adventure, in the vein of Mission Impossible, this may have everything you look for in a great story. Highly recommended! I guess you can tell that I liked it.
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  22. I'm currently reading Douglas Adams "The Salmon of Doubt". In case someone is not familiar with Adams, he was the author of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". This is a book pulled together from essays, speeches, musings, and fragments of book ideas by Adams friends and associates after his death. A very unique book from a very unique and brilliant mind presented with Adams typical humility and humor. I highly recommend it.
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  23. I am happily using Crites AA. But only because I changed to air coils on my original xover 16 years ago and I forgot where I stored the original ones. That was a mistake to think, air coils would be an enhancement. long story short I found the original coils some months ago when moving with my office and I was happy about this „gift“. Unfortunately the bag with the originals coils was put in the wrong place together with other stuff that went. So my joy was of short duration and changed into sadness. The Crites AA I have bought in 2009 and therefore I have a replacement in use since that time. To your thoughts, coils and the autoformer of your original AA should last forever. The only difference when purchasing a Crites AA would be the type of caps. Nothing against the Crites built quality, all is the best. But in your case you would purchase what you already have (the nuts of the diodes were to loosen easier:). And the only difference, the caps of the Crites AA I have changed against types which are closer to the original ones.
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  24. 13 seconds killed them. JJK
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  25. For 180 bucks I think I am going to go ahead and take the plunge. I have a set of Heresy's so i should be just fine. After reading as much as I could this looks like the right investment to get my legs under me on the tube journey. it seems like if one were so inclined that the caps could be replaced with better ones. I know some of those Chinese caps dry out and pretty much turn into resistors. But in all I can't see any info that says stay away.
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  26. What a turn my life has taken. I was the timepiece specialist at a Rolex jeweler for nearly 20 years. Went to tons of training, sold some of the most expensive ($100k+) Rolexes ever made. Absolutely loved learning about watches. Owned a Submariner, two Datejusts and a Date. New management comes along and gives me double the workload with no extra pay and assigns me tasks that take me off the sales floor but keep my sales goals the same. After about 6 months of that, sayonara. Took 6 months off of work, sold our house, moved an hour away to an area with tons of lakes. Sold all my Rolexes. Started a commercial/residential cleaning company. Almost 4 years later we now have 8 employees, almost 100 regular clients and I work 10-15 hours a week.
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  27. Dude I got up at 6. I was hongry! DDG big green egg smoker they are $$ but everyone that has one loves it!
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  28. When the garage speakers were previously PASSIVE BI-AMPED with the built-in amps of my AVR, I selected the internal BI-AMP configuration on the Speaker Settings Menu, and also the 4 Ohm Speaker Setting, because the Onkyo TX-NR1007 manual simply states "If the impedance of any speaker is 4 Ohms or more but less than 6, set the minimum speaker impedance to 4 ohms." My presumption was that the 4 Ohm setting optimizes the amplifier outputs to the Low Ohm speaker load, since the owner's manual did not say anything else about that mode selection. Well, thanks to @314carpenterand @captainbeefheart I have recently learned that this 4 Ohm menu option is not the best choice, because it actually lowers the voltage supplied to the power amp, reducing the total available wattage output. The opposite of what I presumed of that option. It seems that the reason several receiver companies incorporate this optional reduced power mode is to allow the units to pass a certain Low Ohm impedance qualification test without overheating. Most Klipsch speaker owners would probably never notice the power reduction, and I never experienced a problem, but if I paid for 135 Watts, I might as well set the mode (high ohms) that provides the entire available wattage.
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  29. yes chorus 2 are excellent speakers, top of the chain for the quartet & forte line & as good or better than cornwalls that are the top of the non horn loaded bass models of the heritage line. $600 is a great price considering they sell for $1000+ in good shape. the crossovers arent automatically bad so listen to them before messing with replacement, if they sound good they dont "need" to be replaced. some like to upgrade the quality of the capacitors but the rest of the parts in them dont really go bad so no need to buy a expensive full replacement crossover, if you feel the need to update them you can just buy new capacitors for relatively cheap & replace them yourself if you have basic soldering skills or know someone that does. another popular upgrade is using titanium diaphrams in the tweeters. if the rear passives are damaged you can have them reconed for very decent prices from simply speakers or other speaker parts companies. i would grab them asap if they are in good shape & for that price even if teh cabinets are a little rough as they can usually be improved or even re-veneered or painted black if you like that.
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  30. Dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind.
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  31. I see it differently. EvCo built a pair of speakers (a proven model that I am sure will sound great). He spent about half of what you are suggesting. From that he will have years of enjoyment and the pride that comes from accomplishing the project himself. EvCo is to be congratulated and I hope his build will inspire others. -Tom
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  32. Plywood: You'll need three sheets, around $70/each. There are tools online that you can input all the dimensions into and it'll lay out the most efficient cuts and it's considerate of grain direction. Hardware: Around $30. Including screws, brad nails, and glue. Time: I had about 30 hours in building my set.
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  33. Joe and the boys? The stories I could tell. lololol Give ya a hint @Islander look on the run out groove on your lp's for an inscribed comment from him. That was how ya knew it was a first pressing back in the day before Discogs. "Dat ain't no bananna dat's my nose" was one of them. lol Another about a death that I won't go into. Can't say a bad word about him but when he says he's done at a show? Trust me he's outta there. Rare if he does an encore. Bit different w/the Eages now.
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  34. I got this parts list and prices from critesspeakers.com to build a pair of La Scala's, now the question is how much is the wood/other parts and the labor to build the boxes (approx)? https://critesspeakers.com/prices-other_stuff.html La Scala Parts: Model CW1526 Pair: $320.00 (Woofers) Model CT120 Pair including hook-up wires $280.00 (Tweeters) Pair of A-55G/2 Drivers $535.00 (Mid drivers) (Series 1, Sonicap) $715.00 (crossovers) UPGRADED C401 Plastic 400Hz Horns. Pair $340 Mid Horns Total $ 2190.00
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  35. @Islander, Molson Park is now Park Place, a retail centre anchored by Cabelas and across the road from Costco, lol. The Molson Brewery relocated over twenty years ago and the facility became one of the largest secret grow-ops for a brief period until the cat got out of the bag. You have to drive another half hour north now to Burl’s Creek for an outdoor venue. The Stones packed about 70,000 people in there in 2019. ...really missing live performers at this point, that is what is really criminal.
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  36. Very nice. Wish I had that skill.
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  37. @CrankysoldermeisterI have your new avatar.
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  38. My LS sound nothing related to “boxy, nasal”,etc. etc. Might it have to do with excessive volume where the room is overloaded or under damped? My Jubes and LS are positioned about 18 feet apart on centers, in a room about 26 feet back to front, I sit roughly in the middle of the room. Jubes are angled to cross at the back of the room and when the LS are brought in they are set directly in front of the Jubes, exact same crossing angle. Imaging is beyond reproach, no one would be able to say there is not a third speaker in the center (ghost speaker). Maybe I’m lucky with my setup or my hearing not as critical as others but the LS are every bit as enjoyable as Jubilees. The same presentation no, as enjoyable, yes.
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  39. I don’t know. It’s room and preference dependent. Dean
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  40. It’s a common affliction - more than wow factor fading - a classic case of upgradeitis. And unfortunately your next move to H4’s or Forte, CW etc. will not cure what you got. A stop gap, yes. A cure, no. Upgradeitis generally shrugs any and all attempts at vaccination so buckle in. The journey to nirvana is a long and expensive road - enjoy the scenery -
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  41. Here is a "Williamson" Ultra-Linear amp I built about 25 years ago, but recently transferred the circuitry to new chassis'. The output transformers are Edcor 7.6k to 6 ohm. Power transformers are US military surplus. This particular design is super-stable, no motor-boating or other oscillation issues that some people have reported long ago. I'm also using 1625's since they are less expensive than 807's or KT66's. Originally, these were wired for 807's, but I bought a good stash of 1625's that should last me the rest of my life.
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  42. I am seriously considering the Elekit for the future. I like kits and it´s more affordable here in Europe. I would really like to try the Tubecube, alas...
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  43. The forte 4 drone will work for the forte 3 and 2. The chorus drone is different but can be ordered at klipsch. if I did say that before, then I was wrong.
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  44. Interesting to see you have given this driver a try. It was my intention to stay away but I will give it another try. For the upper frequencies boost this is a good place to use the HI SHELF option on the xilica. Use a very high Q setting around 7000 Hz. Boost will be dependent upon your setup. I would say exactly what it is but i am at work. You will gain a bit more phase change but also gain a smoother response. I go with Geddes dictum of frequency response is the most important of all parameters. I had noticed (using the RTA) that while listening to music there was very little output at the high frequencies so why not boost it up there? I have boosted as high as the xilica will allow and at home listening levels I never heard any bad effects. This was when i was trying to retain the sensitivity in the lower regions. Now I am splitting the difference between the low and high to keep my filters in balance - too much boost or cut affects other parts of the response more than we want. I am not sure if amplifier quality has a bearing here asking for this boost at these frequencies. I have not tried any amplifiers other than the ones I have. I have found the MEH sounds best when you throw away most of the acoustic transformation. Luckily even with low powered amplifiers the things get plenty loud. I think it is a bit of a misnomer to consider the K401 MEH a horn loudspeaker in the classical sense - at its best we are using it as a waveguide. I have come to conceive that most of what most people object to in a horn loudspeaker is the sound of the acoustic transformation, The most notable exception is Romy Besnow who seems to thrive on it but then he is using his horns in very limited frequency ranges so the acoustic transformation is more equal between the various horns whereas with our systems we are blending the two modes and I suspect this discontinuity is what most people identify as "horn sound". No question in my mind the CELESTION is the best compression driver I have ever heard. I never got a chance to try the 4002 which is said to be greatly superior to the 4001s I did use for few years. The 4001 is said to only work with its companion horn. Using the Edgar round horn it sounded pretty bad - but the reputation of the thing kept me listening to it long after my ear/brain said REPLACE THEM. Of course, everyone knows this now. My system has been completed for a few months now and I still keep tweaking the EQ - funny thing is - no matter what I do the intrinsic nature of the loudspeaker is always there and the intrinsic nature is very fine. There is no doubt when one finds something that works better but this is not hyper critical. One could easily come up with a decent sounding setup without much trouble. But of course, with a fascinating puzzle like the MEH and xilica the desire to try to get it a little better every day is impossible to resist, getting really close though. No question the speakers are dynamic beyond my expectations. Drums sound more like drums than I have ever heard - even at reasonable volume, there is no need for them to be LOUD to hear something that sounds like a tom or a rimshot. - the center image is rock solid and the space between center to the sides are well defined - the loudspeaker disappears. The tonality is simply realistic. Massed strings sound very refined. Vocals can be eerie in their realism. Blah, blah, blah I had hoped these speakers would be better than my previous setups - I knew they would be better and I knew they would take up much less space but I was and remain extremely happy with how much better they are. I cannot imagine anything I could afford that could come close to what I am hearing. I have found that placing a two inches sheet of 20 ppi reticulated foam with a cut out for the opening - but a bit smaller than the horn opening makes for a greatly improved sound. This seems to be well documented as something that improves any horn.. In my case it was instantly apparent. One would think there would be a loss somewhere in the response but in actuality dips in response in the 5 to 7 kHz region were mitigated. Another thing to try is a very stretched out bit of long fiber wool right at the CD opening. Visually transparent - I used two sided tape.to keep it in place. Makes a minimal change in measured response at 18 to 20 kHz but the the sound becomes much more refined. I think both of these things are affecting the horn far more than the driver. No question the 401K MEH is a great loudspeaker, a great stereo loudspeaker and the Celestion driver is an important part of the whole in my experience.
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  45. I am running the 10 x 18 ZXPC horns with HF200s. I am using RF-7 IIIs for bass until I get my Quarter Pies done. I have a XP-4080, a PLX-1804 for bass and a DIY First Watt F5 for highs running 2 way. This setup sounds much better than the RF-7s, but I haven't been able to compare it to other speakers. I am thinking of getting BMS 4592ND coaxes, but I don't know if the improvement is worth the $1000.
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  46. They make watches that use batteries? Beer = Dupont Saison in a DFH glass, blasphemy I know but I don't think Sam would mind. Watch = Helson, small boutique company from Europe that only sells online. Most would never see one in the wild or know the name. https://www.helsonwatches.com/shop.php Lots of their watches are tributes/knock-offs of classic dive watches. For example mine, if in black, would look suspiciously like a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms....but I'm not trying to fool anyone with that illuminated skull. Just a weekend goofing around watch. Back to my Breitling, Black Bird Big Date for work today. Just the glass
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  48. Nic day for Belgium beer on the deck. Lots of sun to fire up the lume.
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