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  1. That's what I offered guf a couple of weeks ago (see page 2). And the offer still stands. It's always fun to get together with other music enthusiasts, we had a nice small group here about ten years ago. Life gets in the way and people drift apart. Darrell
  2. Hi guf, I live in Oakland, and have stock Belles (similar in size to La Scalas- but with a different mid-horn), and Chorus IIs in a small room, running currently on 300B SET. In a couple of weeks, when construction at my house is completed, you are welcomed to come over for an audition. If you like them, I could be persuaded to sell my Chorus IIs. They might be a good match in your room, but I'm not sure how they would mate with 45 amps. Darrell
  3. Hello David, I fit your bill, and not only do I have Khorns, but also Belles, Chorus IIs and Heresies, in two different rooms and multiple amplification systems (mostly tubes). Don't know quite what your intentions are and what you mean by "payment", but drop me a PM and maybe we can arrange an audition day. Darrell
  4. In one of my systems the configuration is this: Rega Apollo CDP>Wright Mono 7s (300b Monoblocks)> Belles. It is the sweetest, most resolving configuration I've had. Mind you, the room is not large, I sit about 10' from the speakers, and the volume generally peaks at, in my estimation, about 90-95 db. This works especially well with older CDs, those from around the mid 1990's. For newer CDs (post Loudness War), I need to insert a set of stepped attenuators between the CDP and amps, to bring the levels down.
  5. Buy a spray bottle that has a battery powered fan attached to the nozzle. It cools you down fast! D
  6. Zim, do you need to change the network from the stock AA? I'm curious as to why you are selling these, did you ever install them? Thanks, Darrell
  7. Daddy Dee, our family has a 2007 Rav4. Bought it new and just turned over 100k miles. I have never had a more reliable car (knock wood). It's a six cylinder; has plenty of power and is very comfortable. From time to time I load it up for my work and it handles a lot of weight with ease. Once put two Belles in it, no problem! D
  8. how is this venue? considered a few shows there in the past; but, have never made it. It'll be my first time there, looks beautiful in the photos. I'll report back if I remember after the show.
  9. Grateful Dead, 6/27, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara CA Neko Case, 9/4, Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA
  10. Joe, I'll buy them. I have to go to work now. Will catch up with you tomorrow. D
  11. Hey all, I lit that video! And the one that we shot a year later, "A Day Made of Glass, Two" or something like that, which is also on youtube. I think the first one was done in 2010. Take stock in glass cleaner indeed. And check out the Pepsi commercial that leads in to today's Super Bowl halftime show, if you're not headed to the bathroom or fridge. We shot the girl in the tunnel with the Pepsi machine and the crowd scene stadium shot about three weeks ago, on a cold night at the new Cal Bears stadium in Berkeley. D
  12. Johnny Marr's solo record from the 90's (Johhny Marr and the Healers "Boomslang") is one of my all time favorite driving records. Guitar-based English rock, a very solid effort. I've long looked forward to a second release, but he's now playing with Modest Mouse, I think. D
  13. My directorial debut, for one of my local musical heroes, on youtube:
  14. rick88, if you like female vocals (and from your avatars I'm sure you do) you won't be disappointed! Joy Williams has an amazing voice and is beautiful enough to be in your avatar rotation. D
  15. Dean, I too am saddened by the news of your illness. My thoughts are with you and your family. Keep up your strength and fight this this thing, you have a lot to live for! Darrell
  16. My vote: The Civil Wars 2011 breakthrough album: "Barton Hollow" folk/country duet with acoustic instruments and incredible male/female harmonies their sound is MADE for Klipsch heritage speakers! Darrell
  17. Robert, I live in Oakland and have a pair of Cornwall ones. The previous owner put new tweeter diaphrams in them and I have put new Sonicaps in the crossovers. Other than that, they are stock. You are welcome to come by some time for a listen. I run them on 2a3 and 300b SET amps. Darrell
  18. Gagelle, let me know when you come to the Bay Area. If I'm around, you're welcome to come by to hear (IMHO) a couple of nice-sounding tube setups on Klipsch heritage. D
  19. There is a certain three dimensionality that comes from a good tube system that I have yet to hear with solid state. Particualrly with SET (although I have yet to hear an OTL system). And it's not a vinyl-only phenomenon. In fact, I actally enjoy some CDs more than records when I compare the same music side by side, as the blackness of the background of many CDs helps the music jump out. Don't get me wrong, I've heard nice music (with lots of bass) from a really good SS amp, but the sound stage sounds flatter to me. Tubes don't always mean less bass, but even when it does there can be a certain "rightness" to the sound. I have a couple of different tube systems, and with the lowest powered SET I have incorporated an RSW-10 sub to help bring back the authority that my Belles lost with only 3.5 watts of power. I have never bothered to try bi-amping as some here have with good results. It's hard to describe what the tube sound is: "3d soundstage", "air", "presence", etc. But when you hear it, you know it's right. I find it most appealing with acoustic and vocal music, particularly if it's well recorded. Some say you're adding distortion, but as I understand it's 2nd and 3rd order harmonic distortion, and it gives the music (to me, at least) a fuller sound. It's not the same as distortion that is harsh and displeasing to the ear, unless you exceed the limits of your amplification and speakers. Not all tubes are created equal, particularly a lot of the modern production tubes sound brighter and crystalline to me. Older tubes from the golden era are more sought after. To me, that's part of the tube appeal as well. Collecting different makes of tubes and trying to find deals at local estate/garage sales. A vacuum tube itself is a thing of beauty to me, you have to marvel at the science and engineering of them. D
  20. I liked the Spanish Prisoner, too. Recently saw it again on Netflix. Another good Mamet film is State and Main, about a movie crew taking over a small New England town. It has an all star indie cast. Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) is in both films. Beautiful woman and a good actress.
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