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  1. Looks to be for a Fisher 400 or 500c but the measurements aren't right so probably a Fisher x-202.
  2. You could also consider DTM (direct to metal coatings).
  3. Only tangentially. At the time I was a lowly staffer on the Select Committee on Committees. More precisely the Subcommittee on Odds and Ends. Certain members of the Armed Forces, knowing of my attendance at Woodstock, approached me sub-rosa about their battle plan. I reviewed things and grudgingly gave my approval with but one caveat, and that was to watch out for guitar solos. I was ignored, somebody went into some long drawn out riff, it screwed up the entire timing of the paratrooper drop and a bunch of them ended up in the drink.
  4. I knew this was going to leak. I've been back up on the Hill working on this for the last two years. This was supposed to be unveiled as part of the Kennedy Center Honors 2019 this week during at the induction of Earth, Wind and Fire. It is the sole reason behind last years Farewell Tour for George Clinton as the leader of Parliament /Funkadelic. He will be nominated by the President at the beginning of next year's term as the 1st Secretary of the newly formed Department of Funk. The Senate is prepared to put aside the Impeachment trial and take up his confirmation on an expedited basis. Bootsy Collins is slated to be the Undersecretary of Grooves. The Department's motto will be "We Got The Funk!" and the central courtyard of the Departments headquarters will feature a full sized stature of James Brown bustin a move. All employees will be issued Flashlights. Now I know my fellow Klipschers are true patriots and can be trusted to hold dearly what I am about to reveal. A large portion of the Department's budget will actually be dedicated to cutting-edge research on very large array space orbiting speakers which can be deployed over China, Russia , North Korea and Iran on short notice. The Bar-Kays, "Too Hot To Stop" will be broadcast causing their missiliers uncontrollable spasms of dance floor booty calls rendering them incapable of pressing the launch buttons. Should that prove insufficient Johnny Guitar Watson broadcasts will lull them into a center of the groove. Be strong my fellow Americans for we are the funk!
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    Who Thunk This Up?

    Couldn't resist. Bought it as a stocking stuffer for myself. Starts out good. Pocket torch, with safety cover, safety lock and a stand so it can cool off before you put it away. Soft grip handle so you won't drop it. Well thought out. Er, um but then there's the bottle opener. Yup a bottle opener. On a pocket torch. Flame and brewskis . What could possibly go wrong? And it's hardly an afterthought. Most of the torch is plastic but the opener, metal so it won't break before you run out of gas. I wonder if the inventor is still alive?
  6. Bookshelves, small surround system and a sub, but it's a start. Restricted to online, but again it's a start. https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch?dept=All&keyword=klipsch
  7. I think I get it. Is that also why when you are using a protractor (Baerwald etc.) they have two areas in which you can align the cart? Also, I hear you on anti-skating. I'm a big fan of anti-skating and take great pains to apply it properly and then tweak when setting up a cart. Hey Glens, whenever I see your name on a post I find myself thinking of a bucolic, pastoral valley where the birds are singing and I'm hiking along, enjoying the day with the sound of Minnie Ripperton's , "la, la, la, la in the background of my mind.
  8. What is the purpose of cartridge "overhang"? Seems to vary between 15 and 18mm on most arms I've looked at. Is it just to make sure the cart doesn't hit the spindle? Inquiring minds want to know.
  9. No. Just contact him via this place. He's our own Tube Fanatic. If you do a search he's already got some of his schematics and builds posted here. Often he includes a parts list, which is very helpful. Fellow hobbyist and great guy. If you are not up for building one, I think he may still have a few of his creations left. Due to parental pressure (his wife!) he's been forced to sell off some of his babies.
  10. Obviously your better half can read a schematic so why not build one of Maynard's creations? The parts are readily available, he doesn't use exotic tubes and you can design you own platform. I've done amps in acrylic, wood, a cake pan (yes a real cake pan) and I'm thinking my next build will use pottery or stone. Also his designs usually incorporate a circuit which serves as a preamp and or an attenuator. Unless you need tons of power, you will be thrilled at how they sound, and shocked at how cheaply they can be built. Schematics are free, free, free because Maynard's one hellava guy:
  11. The controllers all fail on these things. Klipsch has refused to acknowledge the bad electronics, issue a recall, or even apologize for not getting it right. They probably sold more of those computer setups than any product they have ever rolled out. Cheap but great, and I mean great sound for what they are. They do, and will, sell you a new controller by kinda, sorta, way of apology, for not much coin. That's the way I went after trying to fix it myself.
  12. Duck! Dang that low flying bird almost got me. Left a dollop of love on my right sleeve, though. Revenge forthwith. A crispy, juicy duck. Yummy.
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    Uh Oh

    Sorry but I don't want to live on as pops and crackles. I'd rather be listed somewhere, in some database, as "a primary future candidate for resurrection" by the "We'll Figure it Out Sooner or Later Society"
  14. thebes

    Uh Oh

    Got a flyer in the mail today an and now I'm starting to wonder what they know that I don't know. Starts of with "Considering cremation? Join Cremation Society of Virginia for a free lunch and informational seminar." The initial discussion points are somewhat logical. The Benefits of Preplanning Affordable Options and Savings but then they go onto: Eco Friendly Choices and my personal favorite: Travel and Relocation Protection Plan. Concerning the latter, I guess it means that if you are vacation in Bora Bora and drop dead, the local natives will eat the choice bits, char you up around the fire pit, and then ship the remains home in an eco friendly coconut.
  15. I'm very interested but am travelling at the moment and have a couple of questions. Will contact you tomorrow am.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. I put in a bid around $80 and it didn't carry so these may go for some coin. Nice xformers.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
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