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  1. The size issue on some of the replacement caps was my major headache. IF you find a qualified Elf tech send him/her my way as I've still got one needing done eventually. My apologies, it's as "politically correct" as I get. Good units when done right. Harry
  2. I like the Mundorf Silver Oil caps in my MX-110. Not cheap though. There's not a lot of room in that pre for some of the cap replacements. I don't know if this is your first attempt but the 110 isn't one I'd lose my cherry to. A good cheap cap that matches well with the Macs is the Nichicon Audio grade caps. Good luck, Harry
  3. HarryO

    for Fini

    A Mexican > > woodpecker and a Canadian woodpecker were in Mexico arguing about > > which country had the toughest trees. The > > Mexican woodpecker > > claimed Mexico had a tree that no woodpecker could > > peck. > > > > > > > > The > > Canadian woodpecker > > accepted his challenge and promptly pecked a hole in the > > tree with no problem. The Mexican woodpecker was > > amazed. > > > > > > The > > Canadian woodpecker then challenged the Mexican woodpecker > > to peck a tree in Canada that was > > absolutely 'impeccable' (a term frequently used by > > woodpeckers ). The > > Mexican woodpecker > > expressed confidence that he could do it and accepted the > > challenge. > > > > The two of them flew to Canada where the Mexican woodpecker > > successfully pecked the so-called 'impeccable' tree > > almost without breaking a sweat. > > > > Both woodpeckers were now terribly confused. How is it that > > the Canadian woodpecker was able to peck the Mexican tree, > > and the Mexican woodpecker was able to peck the Canadian > > tree, yet neither was able to peck the tree in their own > > country? > > > > After > > much woodpecker pondering, they both came to the same > > conclusion: Apparently, Tiger > > Woods was right, > > when he said, your pecker gets harder when you're away > > from home. > >
  4. NO - that is NOT OK with a Sovtek or Sino 5AR4. Not really recommended with a Mullard, either, although they will usually "take it". 5AR4s should be allowed to cool down before powering back up again. I DO use Mullards. I believe in the benefits of tube rectifiers on Klipsch, and I use pre 1966 Mullards in my VRDs. I stocked up in recent years.....you CAN do better than typical market prices if you look around...... Don't overlook the Groove tube 5AR4 new issues. The new one is an exact Mullard copy from the '60s. I've been running 4 of them in different amps and I'll have to admit they're a good stable tube so far. I like the "Euro" tubes from the '60s best to my ears. The "DISCLAIMER" to this is all tubes sound different with all components so trial and error is the key. Not all tubes match up with your gear so rolling is the only way to find out what fits your ears and system. I still have a tendency to burn my fingers on the "tone controls". Let 'em cool down. Once you find what you like it's cool. Money aside, rolling tubes is fun and part of the pleasure.
  5. OK, I got the Soundstage preamp fixed. It was only the 2.2 ohm 2w resistor. When I desoldered the burnt resistor one of the legs wasn't even soldered (SEE PIC) and I'm thinking that could have been the problem to begin with. I replaced the resistor and have been playing it out about 3 hours now with no issue. Playing quiet and strong with both channels balancing out even. Ok, I read the reviews on this unit and I'll have to agree with the "Bright" statement. It is edgy with the Russian military tubes in it. It's so harsh on top I didn't care for the sound of the preamp at all. I didn't give up and put a pair of 6922 Tele's in it and it's a heck of a sounding line stage now. The "Nasty" came from the tubes. It's a good soundin preamp now and I did notice on this unit that IC's and power cords DO make a huge difference. So much a difference it's almost as noticable as rolling out the tubes. These are very basic and simple preamps with good heavy iron in them. Cosmetics are a forethought on these to help sell them. They're a solid chassis with decent components in them. I"m sure that the French Capacitors could be better but overall for the buck not a bad unit.
  6. I picked up a "cute" tube preamp with an issue and can't find any info on it. I need a schematic to run down an issue in the output circuit. Any help identifying the company or resource for a schematic would be appreciated. Brand: "Soundstage" model: Vacuum Two. Pics to follow Harry
  7. OK! COLTS vs SAINTS! Predictions?????? Colts 38 Saints 27
  8. COLTS!!! OK, now IF New Orleans pulls it off then I've nailed the predictions. Harry
  9. The Saint's offensive line had better have a good day! Pass blocking today is key!
  10. I've never texted. Not once. Have no desire to either. Hey, If ya ain't got time to talk to me forget textin' this ol' boy!
  11. Thanks Marty, The conversion chart was showing similar but I wanted to confirm before I ruined a cool looking preamp. Harry
  12. HELP, I need to convert a russian tube to US or Euro coding. the tube is marked 6H1(an upside down U) -B and a backwards N. It resembles a 6922 size. Any help would be appreciated. Harry
  13. Any updates on this post? I just got my first taste of a mid '70s 4" driver in a roughed out cabinet a couple of weeks ago. I bought a pair of the 206E 8" drivers and waiting for delivery. Now it's all about the cabinetry I'm going to build. Harry
  14. Experimentation is a lot of the fun of audio. IF it sounds good then it's good. Though I'm a big fan of the CW, I also love the Altec. Harry
  15. I recapped a pair of AAs last year before the pilgrimage because the sound was harsh and the old Khorns sounded "nasty" on top. So bad in fact I thought the mid drivers and tweeters had seen better days. When I disassembled the crossovers for clean up and recap I immediately noticed two of the old "oil cans" had no weight to them whatsoever. They had totally leaked dry. The old AA boards were so dirty in them I didn't notice the leakage until I cleaned them up for the recap. The drivers were fine it was just the dried out caps. This pair had the greatest improvement in sound quality of any I've done. Others I couldn't tell much difference when recapped. I'm sure some definitely need replaced. Others may not be so bad. I like to replace the steel inductor screws when recapping. (some were steel and should be replaced with brass, stainless, or glued down) Harry
  16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Bless you and best wishes, Harry
  17. HarryO

    for Fini

    WHY SHOULDN'T MEN WRITE ADVICE COLUMNS?
  18. TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS. WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME. THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER. WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED? I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY. THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, 'SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.' THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP. I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.' ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. 'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,! AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.' This poem was written by a Marine. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable..... PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men, women, and Armed Forces for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed. Harry
  19. HarryO

    for Fini

    "Dear God, this year please send clothes for all those poor ladies in Daddy's computer, Amen."
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