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George Roland

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About George Roland

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  • Birthday 11/03/1947

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    Meadville, PA
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    art, music, woodworking, audio
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    Audio Research SP-8 preamp and VT-100 power amp. B&W 801 Matrix Series 2 speakers, Thorens TD-124 Mk 1 turntable with SME 3012 Mk 2 tonearm, Shure V15 VX-MR cartridge. Joloda CD-100 CD player, Carver TX-11 FM tuner, Harmon Kardon cassette player.

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  1. A location would be helpful.
  2. Wow! That's some serious audio purchase travel! I had to rent an Enterprise cargo van to pick up my Model 19s. I also own a Prius and Model 19s aren't fittin' in that vehicle! Good story! Enjoy your music! George
  3. I wonder if I hold the distance record for CL out of town sales? Anyone beat 17.5 hours round trip? I drove from Meadville, PA to Sparta, MI for a pair of Altec Lansing Model 19s that were one-owner, all original components, great cosmetics (walnut) at a *very* good price. I would recommend phoning and having an extensive but polite conversation with the seller beforehand. Write down ahead of time all the questions you have. I did that and was satisfied, after some conversation, that the seller was trustworthy. I found the sale via zoomthelist where one can search CL nationally. I arranged to audition the speakers prior to purchase. I would never have purchased them without an extensive audition, visual inspection and so on. I took money with me and it was understood from the get-go, that I would buy them if there were no concerns raised by differences between the descriptions and what I saw and heard. I know of only one recourse if something isn't satisfactory--don't buy them. Hope this helps, George
  4. Thanks to those who replied. I shall contact this individual and let him know these are posted. I am excited that they may thus be made available on the net for future Karlson enthusiasts! Best, George
  5. Hi Guys, I write with an offer of some free literature on Karlson Speaker enclosures. These were given to me by my older brother who built a set of Karlsons in the '60s. Some are original, most look like Xerox copies. What I have are: 1.) two one-page Instructions sheets from University Loudspeakers for Series 100 15-inch and Series 200 8-inch "Diffaxial" speakers that, I guess he was considering buying for his Karlsons. 2.) A reprint from Radio and Television News, January, 1954, article "The Karlson Speaker Enclosure" by John E. Karlson. 3.) Karlson "Data Sheet 1" giving some assembly instructions and suggested drivers. 4.) A dimensioned drawing of the Karlson enclosure. 5.) A reprint from September, 1952 Audio Engineering Magazine entitled "A New Approach in Loudspeaker Enclosures" by John E. Karlson. 6.) A price list from Karlson Associates, undated. I am not trying to make any money on this stuff, but would like $3.00 to cover postage. The first person who e-Mails me at groland@allegheny.edu and says he/she wants this gets it. Please send $3.00 to cover postage to: George Roland 435 Sunset Drive Meadville, PA 16335 and include your mailing address. Best, George
  6. Hi, I have been enjoying exchanges on this forum for a long time and appreciate so much the good advice I have been given. I would like to "give back" a little to its members. This is not a big deal, but back around 1974, I purchased my first Klipsch speakers--a pair of C-WO Cornwalls that I enjoyed for many years. From that era, I have some items of Klipsch literature that I would be happy to give away to any of you guys who'd like some original, "vintage" Klipsch literature. These items were from The Sound Machine, an audio store in Charlottesville, VA, and have their store stamp on them. There are also some random notes I wrote on the literature here and there, so this is by no means "mint" stuff. What I have is a Klipsch Loudspeaker Systems booklet, an 11 pp. black and white booklet showing the speakers Klipsch offered for sale at that time--K-Horn, Belle, Cornwall, Heresy and LaScala. There are three one-sheet fact and spec. sheets on Belle, Heresy and LaScala and a one-page "Comparison of Standard Models and Values" from July 1, 1974 that shows the models and prices at that time. For example, a C-WO Oil on Walnut Cornwall with riser at $525. This is, in fact, what I bought at $1,050 a pair. I am not looking to make any money on this, so the first person who sends me an e-Mail at groland@allegheny.edu and sends me $3.00 to cover postage gets it. Sent in a plain brown wrapper ;^) Send the postage to: George Roland 435 Sunset Drive Meadville, PA 16335 include your mailing address. Cheers, George
  7. This is really off topic, but these kinds of postings really irk me. Don't get me wrong, I have a wife, and I love her dearly, but isn't it your house too? What about sharing? Why do so many wives assume the domestic scene is entirely under their jurisdiction and that they have an automatic and total veto over everything they do not personally approve of? I have had complaints from my wife from time to time, but, hey, I don't like everything she buys for the house. I let her know, as she does me, then we get on with our lives. How about this: photos are very unreliable in terms of suggesting how anything as big as a Cornwall is going to look in a 3D environment. I'd suggest that you suggest to your spouse a trial run. Or just move the speakers in and tell it's for a "test" to see how they might look. Do NOT offer to remove them if she doesn't like them, just tell her it's "for awhile". I think this is fun. It's a sort of counter to your wife's "tasteful" which is vague to say the least. Any piece of furniture that big is going to look enormous...for awhile. It s surprising how quickly one adapts to the new piece and the object actually starts to feel smaller. I hope your Cornwalls really are presentable--good-shape veneers, etc. That'll help a lot. You could also consider other decorative possibilities. Might they be incorporated into a built-in unit--a wall of bookshelves or entertainment center? I remember seeing one install where the speakers were covered with beige cloth bags that so well matched the room's decor, that they nearly disappeared. A two second process of lifting the bags off for listening and restoring them afterwards eliminated the problem. You certainly want to protect small children. A Cornwall toppled over on a toddler could be messy--the speakers might get scratched! Think through logical solutions to these valid objections and you're on your way. I see some others have actually responded with photos as you requested, but the photos can be of decor ideas--they do not have to show Cornwalls. They could be adapted to the Cornwalls, and the better they look, the better she'll like them. Good luck! George
  8. I have not read all the other responses, so I apologize if someone already suggested this. Do you have any acquaintances with decent audio gear? If so, it might be worth your while to ask one or two of them to lend you a receiver or dedicated amp setup or two to try out with your system. Invite them over, give them a drink and listen to some tunes with which you're familiar. Amplification can make a huge difference. Hopefully someone might have some tube gear you could audition. Tube electronics sound really nice with efficient speakers. Keep us posted. Good luck! Georg
  9. Sounds like a good time! As was mentioned, the clarity of efficient speakers even at low volumes is a treat. Another comment I often get is, "Those speakers are so big! It must take hundreds of watts to get music out of them." People are surprised the speakers can play very loudly on just a few watts. Cheers, George
  10. I love to see people do what you are doing. Taking components that are such wrecks and restoring them to solid structures that are functional and beautiful, so that you or the next user can enjoy them, visually and sonically, is a satisfying project! Special speakers. A wonderful effort! Can't wait to read your thoughts on hearing them and see pics of the final product. Keep up the good work! Vintage audio is a gas. Enjoy your music, George
  11. Rhetor, There's a nice-looking walnut pair on e-Bay right now with an $899.00 bid. They're in Farmington, MI. Why are all the model 19s for sale just now in Michigan??? I'll give my wife your e-Mail contact. After I'm dead, if I'm not buried in these speakers, I'll have her contact you. (Usual line here about the only way these will leave me is when they are pried from my cold, dead fingers.) Here's my new equation: Remorse + Altec Model 19s = Rapture. Ahhhhhh. Enjoy your music! George
  12. Arky, I paid $1,200.00 for this pair. Walnut veneer, all original components, very good condition. Might have scored a pair for less if I was willing to wait or dicker. The seller said I was the first of about one-hundred phone calls he got for them. He said he was getting calls on them even after he took the ad down off of Craigslist. Maybe a mite of exaggeration there, don't know for sure, but I'm delighted to have them in any case. They have been in the house for over a week now. Lots of hours listening to all kinds of music. Everything sounds great. all the best, George
  13. "Completely rational and justifiable" eh? Sounds good to me. Yeah, that 17-hour drive will result in, likely, hundreds of hours of music listening pleasure. These are the only speakers I have ever owned that can produce goosebumps when I listen to big orchestral music. Last night I listened to the conclusion of Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Goosebump time! These big ol' efficient horn speakers can really pump out the music when necessary...no sense of compression, sonic congestion or strain, they just pour forth the music, and in such detail! Wow! George
  14. This is wonderful news, and we all appreciate the cautions you provided. It puts a real human face on the impacts on loved ones of health problems. Years ago, I was doing a lot of solvent-based screenprinting. When we had children, I stopped because I didn't want them exposed to a lot of petroleum distillate solvents. Probably saved my life as well. Be well, George
  15. Yes indeed. I have owned Quad ESL-63s and several pairs of horn speakers including Klipsch Cornwalls, Klipschorns and Altec Lansing Model 19s (I am on my second pair of 19s!) I have that combo--ESL63s + Altec Model 19s in my listening room now. I have not tried an ESL Combined with horns. I have just listened to one system or the other. This should be an interesting thread! all the best, George
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