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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm Seismic 110 x 2, powered by Yamaha MX-D1 x 2, EQ'd by Electro-Voice Dx38, controlled by Yamaha RX-A2060, fed by Technics SL-1210M5G, Panasonic DMP-UB900 & Yamaha DVD-S550

    6.2 Surround: above plus Belle (centre front), La Scalas (left and right surround), Heresy III (centre rear)

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  1. Does anyone remember when double albums were pressed so that Side A was backed with Side D, and Side B was backed with Side C? This was so that when you put them on a record changer, the B side could drop down and play right after the A side. Then you could flip them over, and Side C would be followed by Side D. Later, after record changers became less popular, double albums were pressed so that A was backed with B, and C was backed with D. Some old double albums eventually came in both versions. I was long used to the original (changer) version of Electric Ladyland, so when I was at a party and saw the new version, I was pretty amazed to see Side A on the back of Side B, since this was never announced anywhere that I read, it was just something that I noticed one day. I recall that I could hardly believe what I was looking at, but I was in a party state of mind at the time, so...
  2. The woofers that come in the H-3 update kits are the K-28s. And the kits cost only a few hundred dollars. They’re a great deal, or at least they were in 2008, when I bought mine.
  3. Just adding some injector cleaner to the fuel sure beats having to disassemble and cleaned gummed-up carbs! Why gummy? Because the more volatile parts of the fuel evaporate first, leaving behind a goopy or even hard-as-varnish residue. Sometimes a bike would have sat so long that the carburetor jets could only be discarded, because no solvent would remove the hardened gum, and using a drill to clear the precisely-sized holes would have ruined them. Less time and money to just pop in some new jets. And that’s how it was when I was young!
  4. Dainese makes great riding and racing suits. I wish I had got one, way back when.
  5. You know what they could have done with the blank side? Left it actually blank, without a groove, so that at least you could use it to check and set your anti-skating correctly.
  6. The only 3-sided album I’m familiar with is the old Johnny Winter one. The explanation for that album being 3-sided was that there weren’t enough songs for a double album, but if they crammed them all onto a single disc, they would have to compromise the recording level, and the volume would be too low as a result. Is that why this album of yours is like this?
  7. And you do that while sitting on the bike, every time you park it? Actually, the centre stand is fine. It’s the sidestand that’s tricky on the BMWs. Are they still like that? The crossways Four is quite different from the boxer Twins.
  8. Centre stands have gone out of fashion, maybe from around the time bikes began to be sold with 4-into-1 exhausts, which can interfere with centre stands. They can be combined, but race replica bikes want to have the appearance of removing all excess weight, even it it was very useful weight. This means that to lube the chain you need either a race stand for the back of the bike or a buddy or two to help you tip the bike over until the rear tire lifts off the pavement and you can spin it, sometimes with the engine running and the bike in first gear. BMW sidestands do have the name of flipping up when you don’t want them to. Bimotas are even worse. Long ago, I got to ride a YB8, but the sidestand was so tricky that my buddy didn’t want to take a chance of dropping the bike, even when the owner encouraged him to take it for a spin. As for Harleys, it was the locking sidestand on the Big Twins that I was referring to. My brother had a Super Glide when he lived north of LA, and I made sure to take it out whenever I visited him. It was fun. I’m not familiar with the stands on the Sportsters.
  9. You remember quality and performance long after you forget the price. Keep in mind that Klipsch speakers last a long time, and hold their value, so if at some point in the future you decide to sell or trade your speakers, you shouldn't take too much of a hit, especially if you keep them for several years. The other part of an investment is the question "How long will they last?" My oldest speakers are a pair of 1974 La Scalas. In 1974, they sold for $1050 USD. In 2006, when they were 32 years old, I happily paid $1200 CAD for them. A few months after I got them, I replaced the tweeters and the capacitors in the crossovers. Total cost was around $300 CAD. They're now 47 years old, they're speaking clearly right now, and they'll likely go in my will, to be passed on in the family. Next question? Are you spending enough? Well, if they're easy to pay for, maybe you should be looking at the next model up, lol. Whichever speaker you choose, welcome to the Forum, and happy listening!
  10. Another way to align speakers is to use a laser level, or even a laser pointer might do the job. I like the laser level, because it has a flat bottom that you place against the side of the speaker, which gives repeatable results. Sometimes I place a head form on the upper part of the sofa to get the best target for the laser, but even a sock can represent my head for this purpose. The laser doesn't need to be some high-end level. I got mine on sale at Canadian Tire for under $10 (they often have 80% off sales). It's easy to make sure that your speakers converge equally this way. Since I usually listen to music with my preferred section of the sofa reclined, I make sure the sofa is in that position before aiming the laser, since the sofa is at a slight angle to the front of the room.
  11. The last 3 places I worked all provided pensions, possibly due to having good unions. When I left each one, I didn’t trust the management to keep from dipping into the pension fund, since I’d seen it happen in the past, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Accordingly, I took my share with me when I left, and invested it. It has increased nicely, and pays dividends now, plus the principal is keeping steady.
  12. Nobody knows how much time they have left. For me, I think it’s best to retire while you still have vigour and fairly good health, so that you’re able to enjoy your freedom from going to work. If you love your job, that’s different, but I think that applies to a minority of workers.
  13. The holes on the 402 horns take 8 mm (a bit less than 3/8” at .315”) bolts, so that’s your size, unless that’s too tight a fit.
  14. We used to carry plastic items to put under the sidestand. One was called a Cycle Foot, and was shaped like a wide 4” long foot. One from Yamaha was a strong round one that still works well as a coaster. It wasn’t just asphalt. Gravel or grass could be just as bad. There’s one thing that I envy about Harleys: their sidestands. Those great long stands that lock into position are the best, even if they add a certain amount of weight.
  15. Lucky you. I’ve got tickets for ZZ Top, opened by Cheap Trick, for last summer. No concert, and Ticketmaster still has my money. Apparently, they’re holding on to over $100 million worth of ticket money, with no refunds, just some vague promises of concerts in the future.
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