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  1. I have Ashly's XR-1001 and XR-2001. Thinking about getting another one. I have their last analog parametric EQ too....too bad those are no longer in production.

    Yes....I get no hiss. Sounds good to me. Using them with tubes and SS amps.


    I'm very impressed with the Ashely; just wish it had a phase delay adjustment as well. They could sell a bazillion of them if it did!

  2. I had been passively bi-amping for about 2 years, but I wish I'd gone full active from the get-go. What a difference! All the more important as the Carver Amazings are power hogs of the first order~I'm guessing I was probably losng 40% of my available power to the passive crossovers.

  3. How much of the 5.1 is active now?

    Only the mains. The center is a pair of Realistic Minimus 77s, and the surrounds are two pair of Realistic Minimus 7s, all wired in parallel for each channel. Sounds pretty darned good. It would just be silly to try to bi-amp Minimus 7s! I have them crossover to the sub @ 120 Hz.

    The 5.1 is a temporary setup for now; I need to figure out a way to run miles of wiring out of sight--- a mandate set by my fiance`....

  4. Welcome to the dark side!!!

    Are you going to be able (or even want?) to try to put some tube power up high and solid state down low? Now you'll be able to mix/match amps all you want and might have some fun trying different things there as well.

    I suppose going active isn't without it's challanges. One of the nice things with the Jubilees, JubeScala and other configuations that Roy has come up with is if anyone makes those choices, the recipe has already been tried & tested. Simply plug in, dial in his recipe and play.

    No, no tubes for me. I've used the "Current" source taps on my Sunfire amp, which mimics tube sound (I know, no lectures please!) & I prefer the clean, clear sound of a well-designed solid state amp, they are so much simpler to deal with~

    I'm using 4 of the 7 channels in my Sunfire Cinema Seven Signature to drive these puppies.

  5. I think I've discovered why it sounds tighter/faster:

    "with an active crossover, the power amplifiers
    are directly connected to the speaker drivers, thereby maximizing
    amplifier damping control of the speaker voice coil, reducing
    consequences of dynamic changes in driver electrical characteristics,
    all of which are likely to improve the transient response of the system"

    (from Wikipedia)

  6. I pulled out the solder iron & bypassed the passive crossovers in my AL-IIIs today; it took about 2 hours all told to get the Ashley crossover installed (what a snakes nest behind the unit now with 5.1 setup!!) and unsolder the x-over and solder the speakers back inline with the fuses. :D

    About 15 seconds after I finished & was connecting the last speaker to the amp, a major storm blew through and knocked out our power for about 2 hours!!

    The power came back on about the time & had decided to just go to bed, so I ran upstairs & got everything prepped, turned it on, adjusted the crossover and discovered....


    I HATED the sound coming out of the ribbons (nasal-ish sounding), and the bass was weak! #-o

    SO, I did some playing around with the levels, gave a little bit of treble boost via the TG-IV, and it's now sounding MUCH better, although I realize I'm not going to be happy until I get the Rane parametric equalizers in place (20 minutes left on the auction as I type this!) & shape the sound a little. First impression is the upper midrange is boosted a LOT with this direct connection, but I can also tell a lot of power has been freed up from the amp. The AL-III x-overs are real power hogs~

    So far, things are sound pretty darned good--I also have to say the Ashley crossover is DEAD SILENT....even better than I was expecting!

    More to come......................

    Auction just ended on the Rane crossovers; got two of 'em, consecutive serial numbers, in really good shape for $122.00~ WOO HOO!

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  7. Date has moved; probably to June 19 or 20.

    If I am not tied up that weekend, I'll have to consider coming out. Would love to check out your rig. The march one was not a good timing on my part (plus the crappy weather did not help either). I was up at Whitetail in PA, skiing with one of my friends that weekend.

    Still having a get together today from noon until whenever (at least into the evening). I never heard back from you--planning to come?

  8. "Oh Atlanta" by Allison Krauss-- femlae vocals that will put a hurtin' on speakers at high volume...

    "Sinkin Soon" by Norah Jones-- close-mic, compressed very little, some sharp transients with Norah's voice

    "Lucy & Linus" by David Benoi-- Sharp piano attacks

    "Flight of the Cosmic Hippos" by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones-- if a speaker can play the bass in this song clearly, it's got a brutal bottom end.

  9. I just love Bob's point to point wiring, some of the best looking you will ever see which should also be an indicator of just how good these babies soundWink

    Read the auction; it's actually "Tubular Joe" who builds the amps & does the point to point soldering~

  10. WHOA!~ check the current bid: $20+ [:|] Impressive by any standard.



    This unit is in 100% mint condition. It is being sold from a collection of equipment that was not used. This unit is AS NEW.
    We have tested the amplifier for about 8 hours, and both pairs of headphone for approximately 4 hours each.
    The amplifier, and headphones are in immaculate condition, with no scratches, nicks, or scuffs.
    Each pair of headphones come in its original silk lined box. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for more information, or photos.
    From the information I have been able to dig up, there were only 300 HEV-90s amplifiers produced.

    Here is some information on the Orpheus:

    The Holy Grail for every audiophile is the absolutely original reproduction of the music as it was played in the studio, which means that such things as treble or bass controls are frowned upon. An essential role is played by the microphones, as these are the first link in the recording chain and are therefore decisive for the quality of the sound reproduction. Headphones also have to meet very special demands in the audiophile world. With headphones, the sound acts directly on the auditory canal and not, as in the case of natural listening, on the whole head. What is more, as the ear lobes are “deactivated”, the natural spatial listening effect can only be achieved by highly sophisticated technical means. It was with the ambitious aim of producing no less than the best headphones in the world that Sennheiser’s experts began the development of their “Orpheus”. They finally presented their electrostatic headphones with a tube pre-amplifier in 1991 – and surpassed all expectations.

    Specifications for the Sennheiser Orpheus HEV-90 Amplifier

    Frequency response 10 - 20,000 Hz (- 0.25 dB) THD (1 kHz) Unweighted S/N ratio ≥ 80 dB Sensitivity/impedance 10 k? Technical Data Amplifier Talk-over muting (1 kHz) ≥ 80 dB Output voltage 400 Veff Line inputs (switchable) optical, digital (Toslink)co-axial, digital(RCA phono)(automatic recognitionof incoming sampling frequency)co-axial, analogue(RCA phono) Outputs for 2 HE 90 headphones Weight approx. 13 kg Dimensions 53 x 34 x 15.5 cm

    Specifications for the Sennheiser Orpheus HE-90 Headphones

    Frequency response7-100,000 Hz (-10 dB)14-85,000 Hz (- 6 dB)25-75,000 Hz (- 3 dB) Frequency range diffuse field equalised Transducer principle electrostatic Ear coupling circumaural Contact pressure 4.6 N THD at SPL of 110 dB (94 dB) Nominal sensitivity (V = 100 V) ≥ 98 dB/1 kHz Polarisation voltage 500 V Weight (without cable) 365 g Connector 5-pin HV plug Connection cable 3 m, 6-coreOFC copper cable, gold-plated contacts Dimensions 19 x 10 x 21.5 cm

  11. A well-configured 5.1 will not be improved dramatically by going to 7.1

    Indeed, there is VERY little material in 7.1, probably only a couple dozen movies. Even it you go to 7.1 & hav ethose movies, it's not a mind-blowing difference. I ran 7.1 for a while & didn't miss it at all when I went back to 5.1. Stay with what you have until significant improvements can be made.

  12. On Aug-04-07 at 10:03:53 PDT, seller added the
    following information:

    Further research suggests that this is the
    oldest known sealed bottle of beer in the world. The bottle believed to
    be the oldest was a bottle of 1869 Ratcliffs, combine that with a
    recent high sale on the worlds oldest sealed bottle of Scotch (1858),
    without exceptional history, @ 14,000 GBP apx $28,650. and this sealed
    historic bottle of Allsopp's Arctic Ale is about as rare as they get.
    Use it for a great advertising promotion, put your bar, club, or
    restaurant on the map by having the worlds oldest and most historic
    known bottle of beer, a real once in a life opportunity!!! Not to
    mention all of the attributes to this bottles history and provenance!!

    Aug-05-07 at 18:46:26 PDT, seller added the following information:
    A comment on
    the Kane issue.
    Hi - not a question, rather a comment: the Kane
    mentioned is
    certainly Elisha Kent Kane (1820-1857), a famous American
    arctic explorer, who was a member of the first Grinnell
    Expedition in search of Franklin, 1850-1851; and commander of
    the second Grinnell Expedition, 1853-1855. However, he was at
    home giving lectures in 1852. Good luck with the auction, it's a
    wonderful relic.
    - Thanks for the excellent insight.
  13. Great GoogaMooga~talk about not knowing
    what you're selling--

    How much could missing information cost
    you. In this case of this it was

    First link is
    his initial listing,the second is the guy who bought it and re-listed



    Auction 1:
    Ending bid:
    US $304.00
    Jun-21-07 10:09:22 PDT

    Item location: lynn, MA, United States
    2 bids
    Winning bidder: collectordan

    Starting time: Jun-14-07
    10:09:22 PDT
    Starting bid: US $299.00

    Seller: petere92346(
    96Feedback score is 50 to 99)
    Feedback: 100% Positive
    since May-22-07 in United States

    this is a
    full bottle of allsop's arctic ale.brewed in 1852 for the express
    purpose of an arctic expedition that year in search of sir john
    franklin. this ale was used as a fight against "scurvy" back then and
    would not freeze until below 12o F.the bottle and label are in perfect
    condition and it is corked and sealed.attached is a hand wriiten
    explanation about this bottle of ale on it's trip to the arctic and
    where it ended up afterwood.you can google "allsopp's" and read about
    about this under the heading beer pages.com. this is a great collectable
    and very rare.any questions you may have please contact me and i will
    try and answer them.

    Auction 2:

    RAREST Historic
    Beer in the World! AMAZING HISTORY!!! Item number: 260145824374

    Winning bid: US $503,300.00

    Ended: Aug-12-07 19:30:00 PDT
    Item location: Tulsa,
    Oklahoma, United States
    History: 157 bids
    Winning bidder:
    v00d004sc0re( 57Feedback score is 50 to 99)

    Starting time:
    Aug-02-07 19:30:00 PDT
    Starting bid: US $1.00

    collectordan( 518Feedback score is 500 to 999) Member is a PowerSeller
    99.2% Positive
    Member: since Mar-22-99 in United States

    Until the 1850s Allsopp’s Brewery was most notable for brewing
    some of the first India Pale Ales for export to the colonies. However,
    Samuel Allsopp was approached about a different recipe; Sir Edward
    Belcher was about to led an arctic expedition (1852) to search for the
    lost explorer Sir John Franklin. The Expedition needed a brew that
    withstand arctic and sub arctic temperatures, and provide a degree of
    sustenance and nutritious value. “Captain Belcher reported that
    Allsopp's Arctic Ale proved to be "a valuable antiscorbutic", helping
    fight off scurvy, the bane of all sea voyages in those days.” He added
    that the beer was "a great blessing to us, particularly for our sick"
    and that it refused to freeze until the temperature dropped well below
    zero.” [beerpages.com]

    What you are looking at is an actual
    museum quality sealed and intact bottle of Samuel Allsopp’s Arctic Ale
    brewed for the 1852 Expedition to the Arctic lead by Sir Edward Belcher.
    This bottle of beer is likely the rarest, oldest, and most documented
    bottle of beer in existence! Not to mention the unbelievably unique
    history surrounding it. Accompanying the bottle is an actual limited
    handwritten history about the bottle itself.

    It reads as

    “This ale was specially brewed and bottled in
    England, in 1852, for Kane’s Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin.
    A portion of the lot was cached in the Arctic; and was afterwards taken
    back to England, where it was bought by Allsopp, from whom Mr. Jus.
    Fennell obtained a part.

    This bottle was given to me by
    Mr. Fennell May 13, 1919. Should I depart from this (by that time
    probably) dry world before consuming the contents, let my son and
    brethren perform my duties and enjoy my rights in that respect, on the
    eve of my funeral (if they find it in time) – unless such act be then
    illegal, in which case those of the aforesaid trustees who sufficiently
    learned in law shall advise ac-????? To the rule of ey fares.

    Two bottles of this ale were guests of honor at the banquet given to
    Shackleton and Peary, in Boston, some years ago. (1907/1908) The
    skeletons of said guests were preserved as mementos of Sir John
    Franklin! (Useful suggestion regarding the “cast off shell” of the

    Signed: Percy G Bolster
    Research seems to point toward Percy
    Bolster being an attorney in the Boston area in the early 20th C. I am
    not sure who Kane is? that he is referring in the Expedition. Perhaps a
    financier or someone his friend Fennell told him of.

    handwritten note was laminated some time back. The bottle itself is in
    excellent condition, still full and wax sealed over cork. The fill line
    is possibly the original fill line for the bottle. The wax seal
    appears lightly chipped in one area. Please read the e-bay disclaimers
    concerning this auction* You are bidding on what most would consider the
    rarest bottle of beer in the world! This bottle’s history is amazing!

    bottles were sent over for the celebration Peary and Shackleton’s North
    Pole expedition, in Boston, over 100 years ago, and those bottles were
    considered a RARE TREASURE at that time!!! Do your research this piece
    is nothing short of museum quality, also find it interesting that the
    world record price paid for a full corked bottle of wine was a Chateau
    Margaux 1789 that was part of Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection,
    LONDON Christies 1989 $265,000.

    Although this bottle is not quit
    of that caliber, it is rather close, with age, condition, provenance,
    and history. Imagine it was rare enough 100 years ago to be something
    very special, something that would be opened for a successful 1st
    expedition to the North Pole.

    So here is your chance, own the
    rarest bottle of beer in the world, make the Guinness Book of World
    Records, or do as you please. This is most certainly a once in a
    lifetime opportunity. A down payment is expected at auction end. The
    transaction can be closed in a number of conventional ways, if you have
    the money to purchase this item, you are well familiar with all of them.
    Standard auction terms and conditions govern this auction. Please do
    not waste my time with ridiculous comments or questions, serious buyers
    and inquiries only.

    This listing complies
    with ebay rules on the sale of alcohol. As per ebay rules:

    - The value of the
    item is in the collectible container, not its contents.

    - The container has not been opened and any incidental
    contents are not intended for consumption.
    The item is not available at any retail outlet, and the container has a
    value that substantially exceeds the

    current retail price of the alcohol in the container.

    - As the seller, I will take all appropriate steps to
    ensure that the buyer is of lawful age in the buyer and seller's

    jurisdiction. (21 in the United States, 18
    most everywhere else)

    - Buyers and
    sellers both ensure that the sale complies with all applicable laws and
    shipping regulations.

    The following is a passage from the
    Belcherfoundation.com web page (The section covering the 1852
    Expedition). Note the excellent references to their provisions,
    experiments with freezing liquids, and the utter hard ship this bottle
    took to go, be cached, withstand, and return and survive! I encourage
    you to research the expedition and history of Belcher further, it will
    allow for hundreds of hours of fun.

    Arctic Explorer

    After Captain Sir Edward Belcher returned to England, in 1852 he was
    placed in command of five vessels, aptly named the Pioneer, the
    Resolute, the Assistance, the Intrepid, and the North Star, for the
    performance of an Arctic expedition, the account of which Sir Edward
    related in his two-volume work, The Last of the Arctic Voyages (1855).
    To him was given the nearly impossible mission of searching for the
    missing ships commanded by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), who had sailed
    to the Canadian Arctic in 1845 in an attempt to find the Northwest
    Passage and had never returned. Numerous expeditions were sent to look
    for Franklin over the next two decades, but few definitive traces of his
    fate were found until the discovery of records from his expedition
    revealed that he and his crew had perished after their ships had become
    icebound in 1846.

    Sir Edward Belcher’s expedition sailed from
    England in the spring of 1852 and spent the next two years scouring the
    Arctic for traces of Sir John Franklin and his men. Belcher’s
    expedition made exhaustive searches to the north, east, and west, but no
    evidence revealing the location of the lost Franklin expedition were
    found in these areas. This, coupled with other intelligence he gathered,
    led Sir Edward to the conclusion that Sir John Franklin’s fate would be
    found in the southern parts of the Arctic. Sir Edward proved correct in
    this assessment, and proof of the Franklin expedition’s unfortunate
    deaths to the south was later discovered by another expedition.

    In addition to helping determine the whereabouts of Sir John Franklin
    and his men, Sir Edward Belcher’s expedition made significant
    discoveries with regard to Canadian Arctic geography, wildlife, and
    climatology. Numerous Arctic geographical locations were explored and
    named by the Belcher expedition. Among these were Barrow Bay,
    Northumberland Sound, Exmouth Island, North Cornwall, Princess Royal
    Island, North Kent Island, Prince Edward’s Cape, Prince Albert’s Island,
    Buckingham Island, Victoria Archipelago, and Cape Disraeli. Belcher
    Channel (located below Cornwall Island) was named for Sir Edward
    Belcher, as were the Belcher Islands (a group of large islands in the
    southern part of Hudson Bay). There is a "Belcher Point" situated on
    Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic.

    With regards to the
    climate and wildlife of the Arctic, Sir Edward made important
    observations. He performed scientific experiments on the freezing of
    liquids, the depth of the ice, and the effects of the extreme cold on
    instruments such as thermometers. He also studied the formation,
    characteristics, and patterns of the Arctic ice floes (frozen sheets of
    ice, sometimes acres wide, and typically several feet in thickness). His
    analysis of the temperatures, barometric pressures, winds, and weather
    patterns of the Arctic was extensive. His meteorological surveys
    revealed a climate where temperatures could dip lower than fifty degrees
    below zero, and where winters averaged twenty to thirty degrees below

    In addition to being a natural leader and having a
    brilliant scientific mind, Sir Edward Belcher was a kind, compassionate
    man deeply interested in the welfare of his crew and others. He designed
    significant improvements for his ship which rendered it much warmer,
    drier, and more comfortable for the crewmen. His efforts to improve the
    ship included measures to reduce the condensation of water vapor caused
    by cold air entering the interior of the ship. Prior to his
    improvements, water vapor condensed inside the ship rendering it damp
    and moist, which was unhealthy for the men. Sir Edward remedied this
    problem, as well as the problem of poor air circulation. By using the
    ship’s pumps to circulate air, the problem of stagnant air was solved.
    He also devised methods of insulating the ship from the cold Arctic air,
    resulting in a warmer, more comfortable, and healthier environment for
    the sailors. Sir Edward preserved this knowledge in his narrative of his
    Arctic voyage, and also suggested an improved design for building
    Arctic vessels.

    Sir Edward and his crew got along well, and
    he frequently praised them and considered them to be among the finest
    sailors in the navy. His crew expressed their respect, admiration, and
    loyalty to him repeatedly, and presented him with entertainments such as
    plays and a musical concert. In return, Sir Edward conducted
    recreations such as his "Loyal Circle of Arctic Engineers" which met to
    discuss matters of naval and scientific interest. He also proposed
    topics (sometimes humorous) for the crewmen to research, and awarded
    them medals for jobs well done. Evening schools, where the crew were
    taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, were also implemented.

    On Christmas Day, 1852, the men from Sir Edward’s expedition
    pleasantly awoke Edward with music and a Christmas song. They then
    wished him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. At noon, the
    festivities aboard Sir Edward’s ship began, and the crew let out a loud
    cheer as Sir Edward told them what a good job they had done and raised
    his glass to toast the Queen of England. Roast beef, plum pudding, mince
    pies, and frosted cakes added to the Christmas good cheer. The officers
    and crew thoroughly enjoyed their first Christmas in the Arctic, warm
    feelings felt among all.

    Sir Edward Belcher was a wise,
    generous, and merciful man. Upon learning that many families in
    Greenland were dying from starvation, Sir Edward donated provisions for
    their relief. He believed that the Eskimos living in the Arctic regions
    were both highly intelligent and resourceful. He was particularly
    impressed by the Eskimos’ skillful construction of their dwellings,
    which he found conducive to healthy living conditions. His wisdom led
    him to advise his men against the overuse of alcoholic beverages, advice
    which he himself followed. Throughout the expedition, Sir Edward
    expressed his faith that God would protect him and his men. He led the
    men in prayers and religious services.

    Ice floes, which could
    batter a ship to pieces, were one of the big dangers of Arctic voyages.
    It was unlikely that a ship could withstand being "nipped" or hit by
    such a floating mass of ice. According to Sir Edward Belcher’s
    calculations, the floating weight of a floe measuring merely 300 square
    yards would be 63,080 tons; and one floe witnessed by Belcher extended
    as far as the eye could see. It was doubtful that any ship could
    withstand such pressure exerted against it.

    In fact, many
    vessels were lost due to the treacherous and unpredictable Arctic ice.
    In 1852, Sir Edward Belcher found the wreck of the Regalia, which had
    been sheared completely through by the ice. In the same year, the ship
    M’Clellan was crunched by the ice and sank. In 1853, a similar fate
    occurred when the Breadalbane transport ship was lost to the ice’s
    treachery and sank in only fifteen minutes. Sir Edward’s own ships were
    in danger of being caught in the clutches of the ice many times, but
    escaped through Sir Edward’s skillful navigation.

    The ice
    could create tragic results. In one incident, a lieutenant named Bellot
    (from Captain Inglefield’s expedition) fell through a crack in the ice
    and drowned. Certain death likewise threatened members of another
    expedition under Commander M’Clure in the Investigator, but just in
    time, M’Clure and his icebound crew were rescued by members of the
    Belcher expedition, and the Investigator was abandoned.

    winter of 1853-1854 was unusually severe. The temperature dropped at one
    point to fifty-nine degrees below zero, and averaged thirty degrees
    below zero for the months of November 1853 through March 1854. Few
    Arctic explorers prior to Sir Edward Belcher had experienced such a
    severe winter, and Sir Edward speculated that the temperatures may have
    been the lowest ever recorded by human beings. However, thanks to Sir
    Edward’s improvements to the ship, his men were comfortable throughout
    this harsh winter, with the temperatures inside the ship infinitely more
    hospitable than the frigid outside air. Between the Christmas and New
    Year’s holidays, the crew cheerfully sang songs. New Year’s Day, 1854,
    found the men aboard Sir Edward Belcher’s ships in good humor and of
    good cheer.

    Long expeditions into the harsh Arctic climate,
    however, were not without their penalties. The frigid winters, and
    resulting accumulation of ice, required a ship to fasten down for
    "winter harbor." Thus, the crews had to deal with long periods of
    confinement and inactivity (traveling was usually impractical in the
    winter). Furthermore, the sun is not visible during the dark Arctic
    winters. Because game was scarce in some areas, a crew might have to
    survive mainly on preserved food. Even if hunting was successful, it
    might yield only walrus, which some found distasteful. The resulting
    lack of adequate nutrients could lead to the disease known as scurvy.

    By 1854, several of the men in the Belcher expedition were becoming
    ill. Sir Edward Belcher cared very deeply for his men, and thus he knew
    it would be very difficult for them to last another year in the Arctic.
    To the equal concern of Sir Edward, several of the Investigator’s crew
    (which had been rescued by Belcher’s men in 1853) also were sick. Sir
    Edward was concerned about their welfare and was determined to get them
    safely home to England as soon as possible. In his own words, Sir Edward
    valued even one human life far greater than the value of material
    objects like ships.

    As matters stood in early 1854, Sir
    Edward Belcher knew the following facts: first, that his mission to
    search for Sir John Franklin had been completed — all the areas he was
    ordered to search had been searched; second, that the missing men of the
    Investigator had been rescued; third, that his instructions from the
    Admiralty anticipated his return in 1854; and finally, that his crew
    (which had been in the Arctic for two years) needed to be taken back to
    England for their own health and safety. Added to this was the fact that
    fuel and food were running low, and might not last another year.

    Sir Edward therefore made the intelligent and compassionate (for his
    crew’s sake) decision to return to England in 1854 — a decision which
    the Admiralty agreed with. The terrible winter of 1853-1854 had left
    four of the Belcher expedition’s ships locked in the ice. Aided by
    blasting and a battering ram, Sir Edward was successful in extricating
    two of them, but they were barred from further progress by an ice pack.
    Reluctantly, and with sadness in his heart for their loss, Sir Edward
    ordered his ships to be abandoned in accordance with the Admiralty’s

    Luckily for the loyal crew who served under
    him, Sir Edward Belcher had the foresight to know that it would be
    senseless to try to stay with the ships. First, his orders from the
    Admiralty required the whole expedition to be withdrawn. Second, it was
    unclear if the ships could ever be extricated from the ice. Third, the
    ships quickly could be crunched by the ice in a matter of minutes, like
    the Breadalbane, allowing little time to rescue any crew members.
    Finally, and most importantly, he had sick men who needed to be taken
    back to England and it would be risking all of the crew’s lives to try
    to save the ships.

    The Admiralty had placed in Sir Edward
    Belcher’s hands the safety of the entire expedition, and he, above all,
    was compassionate enough to fulfill that order to save human life. Sir
    Edward once said that he valued even one human life far greater than the
    value of material objects like ships. Unlike so many vainglorious
    explorers who risk all, including the lives of their crew, in a pursuit
    of glory, Sir Edward sought only mercy and justice. For that decision,
    he deserves the highest praise.

    In the summer of 1854, the
    expedition thus departed for England in the North Star, in accordance
    with the Admiralty’s instructions. Soon after they departed, they
    encountered the Phoenix and the Talbot, two supply ships which helped to
    transport the expedition back to England. The crew of the Belcher
    expedition (along with Investigator’s rescued men) safely arrived in
    England in September 1854. The Belcher expedition had successfully
    completed its mission. The expedition had exhaustively searched the
    areas it was ordered to search for Sir John Franklin and his men.
    Belcher’s expedition helped determine that Sir John Franklin’s fate
    would likely be found to the south, thus answering many questions about
    Franklin’s whereabouts. Furthermore, the Belcher expedition explored
    thousands of miles of Arctic landscape and made many contributions to
    Arctic geography and meteorology.

  14. Q: Hi Bob, I have a quick question. I have a
    Carver M 4.0t Silver Seven Vacuum Transfer Function Amplifier with a
    Carver C 16 preamp and hi-end Audioquest interconnecion cables. I'm
    also using your Loudspeaker Control System I usually play classical and
    jazz music. What kind of speakers do you recomend for my Carver
    system? What are my options. I have a pair of Bose 502 and it sounds
    rather dull. Thanks For Your Time
    Jorge Hernandez Pismo Beach, Ca.
    A: Hi
    '123,Check out my Cinema Ribbon loudspeakers. They were reviewed by
    Robert Harley in the Absolute Sound and received an incredible review
    that manufactures normally would die for. Even me. I designed them to
    have a big soundstage with pin-point imaging within that big enveloping
    acoustic. Google Absolute Sound and search, or go to the Sunfire web
    site. I promise as my name is Bob Carver, these speakers are just the
    ticket for your classical and jazz. Thanks for writing and for the
    question, Bob Carver.
    Q: -Hello Bob, I
    have been a fan and happy listener of your incredible insanity from the
    moment I purchased a new M400 cube amp years ago. Today I have a pair
    of A760x amps, a C-19 preamp, and a SD/A 490t CD powering a pair of KEF
    207/2 reference speakers. My question is this - being unable to muster
    the mojo to purchase the recently offered pair of Silver-7 tube amps, I
    am wondering what the audible difference would be if I purchased these
    tube amps for auction and used them in place of the a760x's.... less
    power for sure, but honestly I have never owned a tube amp so it is a
    mystery to me ... any thoughts you could share? Thanks for your time and
    many years of happy musical experiences. -Gary
    A: Hi '6b,
    Ummm ....your eBay handle sounds like a tube amp. If you have never
    owned one (a tube amp) before, you are in for a real treat. Once we
    have experienced a tube amp , we can never go back. As for the power,
    tube amplifiers sound as if they are about half again as powerful as
    their power rating would infer. There are a variety of technical
    reasons for this, but just beyond beyond the scope of my short answer
    here. Still, it sounds as though you are getting some great sound.
    Thanks for writing, hope this helps. Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Bob, Unfortunately, I am over loaded
    with amps at the moment (9 or 10 I think)or I would give these a whirl.
    I would like to ask you: who you would recommend to service my vintage
    tube ARC D-79 amp in the Seattle area? I live on Bainbridge Island. I
    thank you in advance for your reply. Kind regards, Bill Roberts
    A: Hi Bill,
    No sweat, bring it into Rita's Vintage Audio Shop in the old Sunfire
    factory right here in Snohomish. Bill Flannery is the vacuum tube
    technician and we work side-by-side on the vintage tube amps and
    pre-amps on weekends. Bainbribridge is about 35 minutes plus a fun
    ferry boat ride from Snohomish. Thanks for writing, Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Bob, It is so cool to see you building
    tube amplifiers! My name is James. I used to work for Carver from 1989
    until 1998. I worked for Sunfire from 1998 until 2007. If you ever
    decide to go into production again building amplifiers or audio
    equipment, I would love to work for you. I am very good at all kinds of
    mechanical assembly and soldering work. In fact, in the final days at
    Sunfire I built the last of the true American built Sunfire amplifiers
    from start to finish. I am a very hard working and efficient assembler,
    with great attention to detail and a true commitment to quality. Those
    tube amps with all that point to point work look like they would be
    very fun to build! Please give me a call if you are interested in my
    help. Best Regards, James Keener (425) 346-4856
    A: Hi James,
    I just answered this. Hi again! Boo! A friendly ghost. Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Bob, It is so
    cool to see you building tube amplifiers! My name is James. I used to
    work for Carver from 1989 until 1998. I worked for Sunfire from 1998
    until 2007. If you ever decide to go into production again building
    amplifiers or audio equipment, I would love to work for you. I am very
    good at all kinds of mechanical assembly and soldering work. In fact,
    in the final days at Sunfire I built the last of the true American
    built Sunfire amplifiers from start to finish. I am a very hard working
    and efficient assembler, with great attention to detail and a true
    commitment to quality. Those tube amps with all that point to point
    work look like they would be very fun to build! Please give me a call
    if you are interested in my help. Best Regards, James Keener (425)
    A: Hi James, Sure is fun to hear from you - a nice
    blast from the past. I have a day job at Sunfire, so I work on these
    amps in the evening and on weekends, and Tubular Joe builds them when
    he has time. About eight amps per year. A complete labor of love for us
    both. Still, perhaps we could build some more if you pitched in - I
    remember your build quality was extraordinary! Even remarkable and
    amazing - you were a perfectionist's perfectionist. Let's talk ; call
    me after the auction is over if you come up for air and if you can. I'm
    looking forward to talking. All my best, Bob Carver
    Q: HI BOB ¡¡ I HOOCK THEM UP ¡¡ They
    sound GREAT... ever so sweet " Maravilloso" , Im so Happy , great
    packing to¡¡ they arrived in perfect shape.. sending pics check your
    A: Hi '816, You won my earlier auction! They arrived
    safe and sound - a long journey, and they work. GREAT, ever so SWEET.
    I'm happy when you are happy. Happy Birthday, even if the earthquake
    delayed their arrival. All's well that end well. Thanks for letting us
    know, Bob Carver
    Q: Bob---I just
    found a fraudulent amp auction and put a huge bid on it. Thought you'd
    want to know.
    A: Yes I saw it too. And I outbid you. I put a bid
    of $100,100 dollars. I cannot believe that eBay cannot take this down,
    but so far they have not done so. They are trying, but said it takes up
    to 24 hours. It is a one day auction, so that will not help. The real
    damage is that persons who send them $2000 dollars will certainly lose
    it all. The good news is you can tell it's fraudulent by my huge
    outrageous bid! Thanks for letting us know; It help us all. Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Bob, Your
    favorite fraudster is at it again. lol he doesn't give up. 320529753027
    A: Hey Man, you gotta be kidding! Guess not. Okay,
    I'll contact eBay, inform them of the fraud, and ask them take it down.
    Thanks, Bob Carver.
    Q: Hi Bob , Steve
    here in Washington...I have a question about you sunfire pre amp . the
    Theater Grand Processor II .....I also have a Sunfire 300~2 amp....On
    the back of the amp , it has Lab and regular inputs...In the manual ,
    you said to use the Lab if there is no DC output from the Pre....Would
    it be safe to hook up the Sunfire Pre to the Lab input of the Sunfire
    amp...And thanks for your time Bob... Steve
    A: Hi 'op,
    Yes it it is safe. The Sunfire has a giant, and I mean a truly huge
    film output coupling capacitor just to make sure! Hope this helps, Bob
    Q: one last thing i
    just bought 2 pair of your CRS-3 speakers and want to use one or both
    pm-900's to design some variable subwoffers to compliment them, so if
    oyu have any spare ideas or thoughts i could use a few good part names
    to use in the build. randyhart420
    A: Hi again, Any high
    quality modern part set will work beautifully. There are many to choose
    from; you can't go wrong with any of them. Honest. Good luck! Bob
    Q: hi Bob: it is me
    your problem child again. during the last auction you said you would (
    after getting back from being out of town) you would hook my old
    disabled rear end up with the schematics, parts list and the places to
    get those impossible to find parts for the amps. i also wanted any
    recomendations for upgreding the a760X and pm900 as i have two of each.
    and now i am on disability retirement because of exposure to some bad
    chemicals at work i would like to tear down the amps and upgrade the
    resistors and capacitors(your recommendations) of course (not every
    single little res. or cap but the most affecting ones then try to build
    on of these because at 10 grand a pair it will be the only way i can
    own them. i would be graetly appreciativeam going with this one again
    my email is randyhart429@hotmail.com
    phone 909-213-4920 i know i am reaching but you are my hero and have
    been since a m1.0 drove a set of klipsch korners to the brink in 1999.
    randyhart420 that is ephesians 4:20
    A: Hi '420, I'm glad you
    wrote in; I have a character flaw - I procrastinate too much. However,
    I'm working on the updated schematic and a parts list for you. I'll
    have it done next weekend. Do you have schematics for your Carver amps?
    Stand by my new friend, Bob Carver
    Q: HI BOB Finally got my hands in your
    amps¡¡¡ Boy are they beautifull ¡¡ Im shure they will sound "
    maravilloso" Great. Thanks a lot I going to plug them sunday nigth
    One simple question are they 220 volts as we requested ?? Best
    regards from an "honor full " fan
    A: Hi '816, They made it!
    All the way to Chile. One ship, four planes, three trucks, one taxi!
    Not to mention an earthquake. Yea! Bob Carver PS: They are 220 volts.
    Q: Bob, Sorry to use
    this format but this is what is available. 37 years ago I met you at a
    stereo store at Northgate when you told me how to add caps to minimize
    distortion on an Ortofon cartridge. I asked the owners who you were
    and when I found out, asked if you had any jobs. You sent me to see
    the VP (Steve?) at Phase Linear and I was hired to be a tech,
    specifically QC on the amp line. It was the best company that I have
    worked for. You know how to treat people/employees and taught me a
    great deal. I have followed your career and tried to see you a couple
    of times in other time zones but was out of town or unavailable. So
    thank you for taking a chance on a fairly disoriented Nam Vet and for
    giving me a life opportunity. I wish I had the coin for these puppies
    you are selling. I wish you all the best. Joseph Westphal
    A: Hi
    joseph, I remember that day - it was North west Audio and they carried
    Ortofon. It was long ago - we were young kids back then and here we are
    today still in the arena with the music playing on. If you ever make
    it to my time zone, look me up at Sunfire and let's have breakfast. I
    wish YOU the best, thanks for taking the time to write and for
    remembering, it has meant a lot to me. Warmest and best regards, Bob
    Q: Bob, I purchased
    the set of amps at the end of January and promptly became consumed with
    business travel and work, trying to keep my business interests alive
    in this awful economy, so sorry for lack of communications since.
    However, I wanted to tell you that I've finally had the chance to
    audition the Chery amps with Infinity RS1's, Gama's, Beta's, Sigma's
    and Epsilons; Sourced by both vinyl and CD's. As you may recall, my
    comparison amps include McIntosh 1201's, Onkyo M-508's, Silver 7-t's,
    TFM-45's & 55's and some other fine amps that I enjoy including
    some tube units. So the bottom line is simply that the Cheery's, as I
    like to call them, are truly astonishing. I was wrong to have doubted
    their ability to drive such power hungry speakers and the result is
    incredible. We've experimented with the feedback and like 'Classic'
    best. So thanks much for bringing these to life and keep up the good
    work! Hope many others can enjoy the beauty of your fine work.
    A: Yea!
    Me too! Bob Carver
    Q: Bob. I
    don't get along to well with computers and email I can never figure
    out if a message goes throgh using this ebay route. Did you get a
    message concerning dc restorer in two stages the secong beginning with
    OOPS? neal
    A: Hi 541', Nope. I did get it the second time you
    tried. Don't feel funny though - I too can barely turn my computer on -
    at least that's what my daughter thinks of my computer skills. I deny
    that of course, and tell her I'm a computer expert. Bob Carver
    Q: Not a question Bob but I want to let you
    know I how have the second amp finished am am listening to two now
    instead of one, that I built from the schematics that you sent me, It'
    up and performing and I must say I think I might have gone to Heaven!!!
    I have been running the first one while I was building the second one
    and yes two are twice the sound as one. I have been playing a CD of The
    US Navy Band and The Sea Chanters and I am hearing sounds that was
    never there before. Bob I thank you for your encouragement. I don't have
    words to describe what I am hearing when I listen to my amps.
    Investing in a pair of your amps is a better investment than the Stock
    Market, stocks go down the value of your amps go up. Thanks again Bob.
    Your Friend, "jay"
    A: Hi 'music, I love it that you don't have the
    words to describe what you are hearing when you listen to these amps.
    But you do - you said you went to Heaven!!! Just don't die first.
    Thanks for taking the time to write 'music (Man) - means a lot to me,
    Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Neal again.
    Maybe my question on the restorer didn't go thru. I will try again.
    If I recall the idle per tube as about 12 ma, right? Now if the amp
    is ramped up to full out put with still no waveform distortion, and
    the signal induced current could be magically stripped away leaving
    just bias current, what would this current be per tube at this level,
    with the dc restorer operating? cordially neal
    A: Hi Neal, I
    can tell you have been thinking a lot about the DC restorer. Your
    question is deep and very sophisticated - here is the answer, but first
    a thought experiment. Imagine a standard class AB tube amp with each
    tube biased such that each tube is dissipating 43 watts at idle, idling
    along at 70 mA. Now we drive the amplifier to full output, say 75
    watts and measure the DC value of the cathode current with an ammeter.
    We write it down. Back to idle. Now we turn the bias control all the
    way down (max negative bias voltage) to say five mA. We again drive the
    amplifier to maximum output, 75 watts. We once again measure the DC
    value of the cathode current. What do you think the cathode current
    will be? We find that it is almost identical to the current that
    existed when we operated the amplifier at maximum quiescent
    dissipation! In other words, the large drive level acts as if it strips
    away the high idle current. This is an astonishing result, is hard to
    believe, is non intuitive, AND it is the TRUE nature of a class AB
    output stage. The DC restorer mimics that nature, except of course on
    the low end of the output tube dissipation. It works because the
    crossover distortion (eliminated by idle current) occurs at the zero
    axis crossing, NOT at the peak of the output waveform or anywhere in
    between. During the crossover period, a well designed output stage is
    operating in pure class A and with AB symmetry, hence zero distortion.
    The DC restorer allows the output stage to operate instantaneously in
    class A during crossover, but not at large outputs where it would only
    make things get hot at idle. Remember, at small output levels, class A
    does not require much current at all. So, as you can see, the answer to
    your question is 12 mA. This is such a difficult concept to understand
    and get our arms and mind around, I can see why nobody ever did it
    before. I got lucky, but only after banging my head against several
    sliding bias schemes, which are easily understood. Bob
    Q: Hi...I have been looking up information
    on "pie winding". Now that i have wrapped my brain around the
    principle, tell me, how many primary and secondary sections are in
    those transformer? Neal
    A: Hi Neal, I'm not
    saying, it's my secret. However, "The Radiotron Designer's Handbook"
    published by RCA has an extensive chapter on winding geometry. pages
    1205 and 1206, as well as the chapter beginning on page 210. Inspect
    fig 5.13E on page 213; you will see a pie winding chart showing
    thirteen sections for a very expensive output transformer. The chart
    also shows inexpensive transformers with fewer sections, all the way
    down to only two. There is a great DVD available on eBay called "Audio
    Transformer, Design and Construction". It contains 24 (!) complete
    books written by all the great transformer designers from the very
    beginning through the almost present time. I don't remember the item
    number but you can find it. Hope this helps. You are going to have lots
    of fun on your transformer adventure - I just know it - I sure did!
    Hope this helps, Bob Carver
    Q: Hi Bob My
    question is not about this auction,although I would Love to own these
    amps,bob I have a collection of your amps,and the last one I purchsed
    was a lightstar reference,I always thought it was the last amp you
    designed before leaving carver corp.can you tell me how of your design
    is in this amplifier? thanks David
    A: Hi David, It was
    indeed the last amp I designed before I left. I had designed and
    finished the first prototype, and it was my colleague Vic Richardson
    who completed that work by putting in the finishing touches and
    preparing it for factory production. A major undertaking. Vic and I
    have worked side by side forever since Carver was started, and he
    currently works in the engineering department with me at Sunfire. The
    Lightstar circuit with its tracking power supply became the tracking
    down converter and my first Sunfire amplifier. Bob Carver
    Q: Hey Bob I'm a big fan currently use
    Slver9T with a carver sonic H C-3 , and a great pair of your ALS111
    ribbon speakers. Had it all for about 14 years works flawless,Crystal
    clear sound and affordable,Thank you
    A: Hi '3765, I love it!
    Man, you are making my day, I enjoy hearing that my designs have been a
    powerful force for good in peoples lives, and that the music plays on
    after all these years. Fourteen! Thanks for taking the time to write, it
    means a lot to me. Bob Carver
  15. Here's the latest Q&A from Bob's sixth set of tube monoblocks
    with meters; VERY interesting reading! This set sold 5/12/10 for $7500, a full 25% less than the
    previous identical pair. There's not much new information revealed this
    time but this pair Bob designated at 240 watts compared to all the
    others listed as 180 watts. Again, due to the nature of the way eBay
    builds it's web pages you should start at the bottom of the post and
    read upwards to follow chronological order. This is the first of 2
    posts encompassing the full Q&A. Enjoy!

    Q: not a question but a comment on your
    amplifier. they are certainly built with quality parts but the
    photographs of you manufacturing your transformers indicate,to me, that
    you are just having fun doing this. unfortunally i am not in a
    financial position to bid. i hope you are doing this for a while
    longer. i certainly would like to bid on a pair of these when my ship
    comes in.
    A: Hey 'mon (70's expression), there is no doubt in
    my mind that you will someday soon be able to bid high and win. In the
    meantime, keep on thinking about amplifiers as there scant few dreams
    that are as much fun or sustaining. I do enjoy winding my own
    transformers, and painting the chassis in my upstairs paint-booth
    bathroom. I intend to keep on doing this for a long, long time. Bob's
    my name, and amps are my game; I could not stop if I wanted to. Bob
    Q: Hi Bob, Let me state
    for all would-be bidders that this auction is truly from the real Bob
    Carver. I have the pair from Carverfest so I should know. But now I
    have to ask how you manage another 60 watts RMS without adding another
    pair of KT88's. I read below about the 1 ohm spec of 370 watts and how
    it takes advantage of your DC restorer circuit, but is your new 240
    watt spec at 8 ohms? It makes we want to upgrade! Best of luck on
    this auction to you, Bob. cheers weitrhino
    A: Hi 'rama,
    Yes, the 240 watt specification is an eight ohm spec. And at eight
    ohms, the amplifier output tubes are loafing, operating at about 62% of
    maximum capacity (110 + 20) x 3 = 390 watts, and 240 is 62% of 390. An
    upgrade would give you more power, but not any change at all in the
    sound. Thanks for writing in with a cool question, one I should have
    addressed in the auction. Hope this helps, Bob Carver Hope this helps
    Q: As there seems to be
    some question of Authenticity, will you please verify this auction by
    answering this question for me. - Aside from a pair of these beautiful
    amplifiers, what other item did you give away in a raffle 2 years ago
    at CarverFest in North Carolina? Thank you for your response. Ed
    A: Ha!
    Thought you had me, didn't you? It was a pair of my Sunfire Cinema
    Ribbon loudspeakers, the ones that got a mind-blowing review by Robert
    Harley in The Absolute Sound. Wow! I sound like a pitch-man, don't I?
    Oh well, I can't help it. Bob Carver.
    Q: Hello Bob. Is it possible to have both you
    and Tubular Joe sign these amplifiers should I win? Hope to hear from
    you, Kevin
    A: Hi 'tvr-1, no problem. However you should know
    that Tubular Joe has poor penmanship. Just kidding! We will inscribe
    anything you desire, in gold, on the shiny black output transformers.
    Bob Carver
    Q: Hello Mr. Carver. I
    live from Italy. Please tell me it is possible to ship to Italy, and
    cost. Andrea Croci
    A: Hi Andrea, yes I can ship to Italy, and the cost
    would be about U.S. $350 dollars. Good luck! Thanks for your interest.
    Bob Carver
    Q: Would you mind
    telling me your dogs name? There have been quite a few bogus auctions
    on eBay lately, and I like to make sure you are really Bob Carver.
    Thanks. Bill
    A: Hi 'olt, It's Zeus. He is a small, black British
    water spaniel with more love than all the amps in the world. Even 240
    watt red ones. He has a BIG name though. Thanks for writing, Bob Carver
    Q: Greetings Bob, I am
    very curious to know how you get so much power from this amplifier at
    1-Ohm? Thank you for your time, Thomas in Texas.
    A: Hi
    Thomas, Great question! Easy. Well, maybe not so easy; we have to
    realize that the mighty KT88 is rated for 110 watts rms audio per pair.
    Additionally, each tube is rated for 42 watts of plate dissipation(at
    idle), and most vintage amplifiers operate with the idle dissipation at
    about three fourths max, or 32 watts per tube. Now thanks to the DC
    restorer, this amp idles at only 9.75 watts per tube, and about 60% of
    the remainder becomes available as output power. So we have 110 + 0.6 x
    22 watts = 123 watts per pair. Finally, three times 123 = 370 watts
    total. Thanks for asking a great question, Bob Carver
    Q: Q) Who was the Australian importer when
    the AL111 was in prodution? Nun_ _ . from Pr_ _ _ . Just looking
    to verify authenticity. (Hope you knew) Regards, Steven.
    A: Hi '87, I
    can't remember, remember I was old when Atlantis sank, and it was
    twenty years ago. Besides, you're supposed to ask me something I know
    the answer to, like my dog's name. I remember that! Thanks for the fun
    moments, Bob Carver
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