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    Reston, VA , outside of Washington, DC
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    Anything that comes in Twins
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    Main System: Anthem Pre1 preamp; Marantz8b amp; Thorens TD/125 table and/or SonyPS6750; or Technics SP25, Tjoeb 99 tubed cd player; black Decorator Khorns.

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  1. You are truly right about that. This gizmo just intrigues me because it appears to be more than a speaker tester, and Parts Express does sometimes offer a great combination between value and price. Their line of caps comes to mind.
  2. Looks very cool. So do you favor mixed wood, or laminates and why. And what kind of woods do you use? I ask because I tried redoing a plinth for a Technics SP25 but wasn't happy with it, and was thinking of making another attempt.
  3. https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-dats-v3-computer-based-speaker-audio-component-test-system--390-807#lblProductDetails It's designed primarily for testing speakers but it says it also has an oscilloscope mode and tests capacitance and resistance. However, I doubt it does DC and AC voltage readings and probably not diode testing. Still, might be useful for diagnosing problems and testing components. Since it uses computer software I guess your work bench would have to be near your computer, or use a laptop. At $100 it would be a lot cheaper than any oscope.
  4. I put in a bid around $80 and it didn't carry so these may go for some coin. Nice xformers.
  5. Why is that something you do? Except for the machine shop stuff I'll be doing this myself, but if you have expertise in this area, I may have a question or two.
  6. One in front and one in back. Me int he middle. I thought everybody drove their bikes that way. Being a stereo nut I do love twins. Take this bike for example. If I recall correctly 1962 was the first year Triumph built a bike using unit construction, (gearing, trans engine all in one block). The unit construction twins dominated the market just about forever. Indeed if you look at the old "biker" movies from back in the day you will see that most of the riders are on Triumph choppers, not "hogs". I purchased this bike through a friend who was living in Paris in 1977. He had an ex-pat Brit buddy out in Champagne country who sold me the bike. At the time it was a mish-mash of 350cc and 500cc parts. Over a couple of months this guy showed me how to put it together, and off I went on various adventures around Europe (Spain,German, France, Belgium etc.) Morroco, and Canary Islands. In the Canaries I drove it around the top of a dormant volcano, in Morocco I literally raced the Marrakesh Express into Marrakesh. Met a guy there who was touring on his Harley! I drove it through Check Point Charlie, took it (and a girl) to a monastery in the German mountains that raised alpine dogs and beer! And various and sundry other adventures. This bike broke down almost everywhere. Outside Paris it crapped out. Got helped by some passing bikers and spent the night in a rural 16th century farmhouse. In Casablanca it crapped out again and a passing biker led me into the Medina to a great guy who repaired mostly "pregnant bees" (the term real bikers used to describe the sound of those buzzing little Japanese bikes). In Spain one of the valves burnt out. I spent the night in an inn the town where it broke down. The proprietor's daughter and two friends were home from college for the weekend. They took me on a tour of old Roman ruins. One of them I met again in Madrid and she showed me around. I found some Vespa valves in a small bike shop he said could be made to fit. Took a train back to the village where I had stashed the bike, and a local mechanic got them lapped in. Yes bikes can be dangerous. I fell off it several times. Dusted myself off and got back on. On the aforementioned volcano I found myself running down the road wondering where my bike was only to realize it was several yards behind me. On the Coastal Del Sol I cut to the head a of a construction bottleneck only to flip it over in the construction dirt. Several people got out of the cars and helped me get going again. In another town I peeled out to show off for bored guards at a prison across the street from where I had just changed my front fork oil .Forgot to wipe off the tires and went sliding down the street. The worst was actually back in the States where the front wheel got trapped between two rails at a railroad switch. Speaking of which. I spent about 8 months in Europe on the bike and shipped it home from Belgium. Picked it up at a giant warehouse in New Jersey. It started right up and I was having fun racing the fork lift drivers around the building until a foreman caught us. This would be around 1978. I drove it less and less frequently until 1996, when the rings wore out. Sadly big cities and their suburbs are not great places for a 350cc bike. It's top speed with a tailwind ain't much over 60. It could go higher but and it's geared lower for more power on the bottom end for the back places I was traveling in Europe. The 17 inch wheels also don't help in that regard. I took it around DC's Beltway a couple of times to British Bike Days over in Maryland and it was as bad as the time I inadvertently found my self on the Autobahn in Germany. Crazy scary. My intention is to restore it, kinda since it's far from stock, and use it for short rides on the the less traveled streets around me. The main thing about these old Brit bikes is that, like their cars, they broke all the time, but are always fixable. I know every nut and bolt on this machine and it will be a fun project, once I spend a month getting all the dirt and crud off of it. The main issue will be coming up with the right rings and pistons for the top end and re-lubricating everything that needs it.
  7. It was a dark and stormy day actually, just a few days ago. Rained out of work, I cast about for something to do and my eyes lit upon a corner of my stereo playroom. Ensconced behind two turntables, an amplifier, a failed all-acrylic amp, all of them drawing dust in their resting place upon an mid-century Telefunken console was a door to a closet tucked away underneath a stairwell. There was a secret there, a long hidden part of my past, no not an enigma wrapped in a mystery, but a phase of my life put away for awhile, but now in need of resurrection. "Time, more than time I thought". Flexing both mental and physical muscles I moved in and shifted the electronics, one by one and then gently, taking care for the spindly feet of the console moved it aside, revealing a plain white door. Not just any door, though, the entrance to the Crypt of Thebes, a journey to another time, another world. And there preserved for 19 years rested a molding, rusty deflated tired example of the glory of British motorcycles, my 1962 Triumph 3TA.
  8. I own an 8B and got some some static from a wonderful member of this Forum whom I greatly admire, when I re-did all the caps , resistors etc. because I would be changing that special 8b sound. True the sound did change, but not as much as you would imagine, and it's still the amp I use the most. One thing that will be difficult to source is the can-type cans on top. The values are not reproduced in can-style caps these days and it's a tough fit to get the five different values installed under the chassis. There was a company, whose name escapes me, that made a reproduction of the 8b for several years, and they had spare cans that they were selling. They may be out of stock by now, but I would do a little online research, track them down and see if they have any left. I'm with Maynard on a rebuild. However, I do believe you can safely play it for awhile, just do not leave the room or, indeed, the house for very long if it's plugged in, because something could fail. If your only interest is resale, leave it alone, but otherwise do not be concerned about a rebuild. Indeed make sure that you do. If can guarantee you that neither myself nor that amp is same sixty years later.
  9. I took the exit a few weeks ago just to see what Warp Drive looked like. Needless to say I was hoping to spot a cop with a radar gun trying to nail a space ship, or maybe even spot an alien space chic or two hitchhiking. I even took a towel with me, because you know, I'd need one if I was to join them. Sadly Warp Drive is very short, maybe a long block and dead ends into the parking lot of what appears to be a high tech office complex. Still I have got to admire their creativity in getting it named.
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