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Tarheel

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  1. I have several CDs from the early bleccchhhh years (late '80s) and even some into the '90s...they don't sound as nice as CDs I pick up today whether they be recorded recently or "reissues"...what's up with that???

    Will a SACD sound better on a regular CD player than say the same CD recorded in "normal" CD???

    It seems I need to turn up the volume on my older CDs but the newer stuff is louder and seems to have more "punch"...your thoughts...

    Bill

    Glad you only have several. Generally speaking early cds were dreadfull even in the 90s. That is one reason vinyl returned to popularity. Then came 20bit and 24bit processing and things changed for the better. I am at the point of culling all the old cds out of my storage and leaving only the ones produced with the newer technology usually after year 2000. Thats probably means disgarding 150 cds for me. The good news is that some of the digitally remastered cds even fom the 50s sound great (Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis). Haven't heard sacd but my tubed Jolida sounds great to my ears.

    Chuck

  2. That gear that Mike and tarheel have(had) are solid, fine quality looking units, the sansui with 125 per is a workhorse, and tar's pioneer, at 185 per, balls with capital letters, nice, no, great units guys................a little different than what you get today, the only drawback is they are 2 channel.........but, GREAT 2 channel.........I can only imagine that Pioneer with a 5.1, DTS options.......Nice equipment Gentlemen..............

    Thanks oldbuckster......I would like to have another room to set up the SX-1280 to power my equally vintage McIntosh ML-1Cs. They were reconed and had new surrounds installed two years ago. I also refinished the cabinets at that time. I know they would not sound nearly as good as the LaScallas but it would be nice to take a listen.

    Tarheel

  3. The afternoon began with cocktails on the patio under a perfect carolina blue sky. It was the first day of the year with just a hint of fall in the air providing welcome relief from the oppressive humidity that we are known for here in southeastern NC. Later the evening news and then dinner. Retreating to the northeast corner of the house also known as the music room, I was followed by Kate, my 12 year old Lab, who after circling three times settled on the perfect spot for a concert. Tonight there was no indicision. Sonny Rollins would open with "Without A Song-The 911 Concert" and Bruce Springsteen would close with "The Rising".

    I pushed the magic button on the Quicksilver preamp that commanded the two switched horn monos to come to life. Obediently the EL-34s started to glow as the tubed Jolida patiently waited its turn. I allowed a three minute warm up before I put in the first cd.

    After track three Sonny acknowledged the warm reponse from the audience with the following words. "Thank you ladies and gentlemen you are very kind to us tonight and we appreciate it. Ladies and gentlemen we are here tonight and we all must remember music is one of the most beautifull things in life. We must try to keep the music alive some kind of way and maybe music can help......I don't know but we have to try something these days". Sonny played his heart out for all six cuts of the cd.

    A pause for a refill for me and a reload for the cd player. Then it was Bruce's turn. The words from "Empty Sky" and "The Rising" were so powerfull today more than ever. "I want a kiss from your lips, I want an eye for an eye, I woke up this morning to an empty sky".

    A great evening with a chance to reflect with two of my favorites. Thanks Sonny and Bruce for keeping the music alive.

    Tarheel

  4. I own one of those behemoths, a Pioneer SX-1280, 185 wpc, that I bought new sometime in the early/mid 70s. I have gone to tube gear so it is not used regularly now. It is in mint condition without a nick, scratch or dent. It is a very attractive reciever with the massive cooling fins, silver front plate and walnut cabinet.

    The Pioneer is a backbreaker to move and I am amazed that it has survived three moves with nary a scratch.

    Go to "Tarheels LaScallas" post a couple of pages back and look on the right speaker for a look.

  5. Travis

    This is what I will send unless I hear from you that you already have this music.

    Chuck

    Chuck,

    Your tape arrived today, in perfect shape, I am hoping to listen to at least part of it this evening.

    Travis

    Hope you like it.

    Chuck

    This tape is great, I am starting pass no. 2

    Travis

    Thanks Travis,

    That is a fine looking deck! Tandberg I assume? I would like to hear it and the story on it. Are you the original owner? What vintage?

    Chuck

    Sorry, I went to another pc and can clearly see it is a Tandberg and a fine one at that. Chuck

  6. Travis

    This is what I will send unless I hear from you that you already have this music.

    Chuck

    Chuck,

    Your tape arrived today, in perfect shape, I am hoping to listen to at least part of it this evening.

    Travis

    Hope you like it.

    Chuck

    This tape is great, I am starting pass no. 2

    Travis

    Thanks Travis,

    That is a fine looking deck! Tandberg I assume? I would like to hear it and the story on it. Are you the original owner? What vintage?

    Chuck

  7. you have to be carefull what you put in the preamp, as a weak NOS, or used tube will surely smoke under the HV stress that power supply put's on the screen / grid......

    the Mono's ......??

    Mike i don't think is a big fan of Sustitution.....

    he once told me to just use what it was shipped w/ it , as that is how he voiced the Amp, after many hours of experimentation

    Okay....then stock tubes it is for the preamp. May start a thread monday about tubes for the horn monos. I hear the 88s give a boost to the bass but I would like to hear what others have to say who have made the swap. Thanks for your imput. Signing off til monday

  8. NICE pre-amp ........[:)]

    mine's # 670 .........Mike didn't make a whole lot of those .....[;)]

    Thanks Duke,

    I see we also have the same cd player.....stock or modified?

    Have you retubed the preamp? .

    well, ...I have been meaning to re-tube mine, who knows how many hours are on the tubes

    the original owner never did .recall...

    but, small signal tubes oughta last 10,000 hours ..

    mine are still quiet, no microphonic's, hiss, hum ...

    i was weighing wether to order them from Quicksilver, due to the 800 volt B+ supply in that baby ....

    JD 100 ... swapped in some old GE (amperex ) i had hanging around since the '70's....

    a little tighter than the stock tubes, but not really much different

    Thats the equivalent of 3 hours a day for ten years! Still....I sometimes hear a slight hum. Any reason to get concerned?

    I talked with Mike Sanders some time ago about tube rolling with the thought in mind about winged "C" KT-88s for the horn monos but he didn't have a strong opinion about whether the change would be worthwhile. We didn't discuss the preamp though I will probably go to him for the tube replacement package when that time comes. Think there is any tweaking to do with other tubes on the preamp?

  9. Travis

    This is what I will send unless I hear from you that you already have this music.

    Chuck

    Chuck,

    Your tape arrived today, in perfect shape, I am hoping to listen to at least part of it this evening.

    Travis

    Travis,

    I will do a compilation next time. Diana Krall no matter how beautiful gets tiring after a whole side. I think side two (Art Blakey) is a bit livelier. The tape was so easy to make. I hit program on the Jolida remote, chose the selections and let er rip.

    Hope you like it.

    Chuck

  10. Nice speakers...................Really nice equipment set-up............

    Oldbuckster,

    The room was an idea I had for a long time but reentering the world of hifi forced me to make a move. I kept buying all this old equipment off ebay with no place to put it. Now I don't know I how I did without it.

    Chuck

  11. Nice speakers! I can tell you one thing he needs to do with the cabinets between the Lascalas. Move the cabinets 6 to 8" off the back wall and then have the top surface run all the way back to the wall. You end up with a kind of bass port behind the cabinets. It works really well to help extend the Lascalas bass down to a solid 40hz. I've had my shop setup like that for a few years now and the results are amazing.

    Craig

    Craig

    That sounds like a great idea. Wish we had thought of that during planning the room. I am pretty satisfied with the bass but wish I could solve the toe in problem without tearing out the cabinets and starting over. The new speakers will have different horns that may help and I plan to use a tweeter in a separate box that will sit on top and can be moved around.

    Any other ideas?

    Chuck

  12. Super nice set up, I can't wait to get my audio room started, let alone finished[:)]

    Everything looks superb, great job.

    Thanks for the kind words. Bluesboy, a builder and audiophile, built the addition for me. It is 16'x22' and is a mirror image of the room nex to it separated by a double thick wall for soundproofing and pocket door installation. I have end tables that you don't see that are McIntosh ML-1C speakers (1973) with glass tops for protection. Except for the toe in problem mentioned earlier it is a great room. The cabinets store lps, cds, tubes, and about 75 reel tapes and gear cleaning items. I have a nitty gritty record vac on top of one of the McIntosh end tables.

    BTW, the reciever on top of the right speaker is a Pioneer SX-1280, 185 wpc. I am the original owner (1975)? I have the manual and the original sales brochure and the reciever is without blemish. I bought the tube gear and now I don't use the Pioneer but can"t bare to sell it. Unless someone has one unopened in the box this is one of the finest examples left.

  13. Do you have a price in mind WITHOUT the spiders? [:P]

    I've got a friend who happens to have an interest in a pair of LaScalas and lives in Atlanta. I sent a copy of this thread to him so he could see it.

    Coytee,

    Thanks for your post. I have about $1850 in the speakers and I couldn't take less than $1500 and do what I want to do with new speakers. I can only do the new project if the numbers work. Keep in mind that they are almost new, cabinets perfect and horns are metal K-400. The Woofers are Altec 416s and have great bass. The only negative is no Klipsch labels.

    Chuck

  14. Forgive me (still newb here), but wouldn't they sound better if you un-wedged them from the "corner"...they seem boxed in, square...?

    Very observant T&H. You are exactly right. When measuring for cabinets neither me nor the contractor allowed for toeing in and I live with that everyday.

    Tarheel

  15. NICE pre-amp ........[:)]

    mine's # 670 .........Mike didn't make a whole lot of those .....[;)]

    Thanks Duke,

    I see we also have the same cd player.....stock or modified?

    Have you retubed the preamp? I bought the preamp off ebay and have no idea how old the tubes are. Got it with 3 seconds left for one third the new retail price. The horn monos were bought from a seller on Audiogon.

  16. Thanks Bluesboy for the help with the pictures of my LaScala clones. I just need to add that they were built in 2005 and are in mint condition, no scratches, scrapes or dents. Birch veneer and four hand rubbed coats of tung oil. Unlike stock LaScalas the top has a half inch overhang so the front edges could be veneered (a more finished appearance).They sound terrific! Only the desire to tweak brings about the offer to sell.

    You know about the size and weight of these speakers so local pickup or delivery is preferred.

  17. Luther

    I was more than pleased with your tape. You did a much better job of packaging than I did and your list was very detailed. The sound quality was first rate especially on the Sara K. selection. That is a very quiet LP. No first groove noise, pops or ticks.

    Don was over at my house rebuilding my back porch when the tape arrived so we sat down and listend non stop. I tried to call Friday night but you must of been out and the phone switched over to a fax line.

    Travis' tape will probably get to Don today so after he has enjoyed his time with it we will make the exchange. I think a week and a half turn around is possible.

    BTW I did not include a list with my tape so you will need to print it from my earlier post. With the tropical storm Ernesto things were just very hectic here. Two and a half days of yard work and getting on the roof and blowing off pine boughs and cones really made it a true labor day. That 32 ft. heavy duty ladder is getting to be too much for me to move around.

    Thanks for the excellent work on the tape and for sharing it with me.

    Chuck

  18. Travis and Luther

    I just called home and my wife said their was a package (she said it looked like more records) on the front porch so I guess your tape made it here okay. After the nine inches of rain and all the debris in my yard I sure need a pleasing distraction for the night. Lost power for about two hours. Will be off the pc for the weekend as usual.

    Have a great weekend.

    Chuck

  19. Welcome WPM

    The Horn Monos are a great match for horn speakers and I think you will like them. I bought a pair along with a Full Function Preamp after reading Sterephyle magazine's review calling them the quietest amps for listening to horn speakers at low volume (though I don't ever do that). They are a fine match for my LaScala clones built by another forum member. The Quicksilver amps can use a variety of tubes and I look forward to doing some tube rolling with mine in the future. Maybe some winged "C" KT-88s.

    If you haven't read the review go to Quicksilveraudio.com and click on the link to the Stereophyle review.

    One other positive is Quicksilver's support after the sale. It is probably one of the only companies that you can call and have CEO Mike Sanders answer the phone and field your questions.

    Enjoy!

    Chuck

  20. Coytee,

    Don't let that stop you from joining in. If you want a deck I have a Teac X-7 ( 7inch reels only) that is 99% cosmetically including the wood cabinet but the reels just stopped turning on rewind one day and I boxed it up since I have two other decks. It is yours for the shipping charges if you want to get back in. Maybe others on the forum (such as Luther or Travis) could advise you on how to go about repairing the deck. Let me know.

    Chuck

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