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  1. J M O N

    Well it's happened

    You would last until Thursday! 😁
  2. If you don't want to drill holes into the speakers, you might want to just build a shelf. That would allow you to also aim the speakers if desired. I built a shelf for my home theater projector that has a larger footprint than a Heresy, and weighs about 32 pounds. I got three of the largest brackets that Lowe's sold and screwed them into the studs with large and long screws. The projector has been up there on that shelf for about five years now with no issues. Every once in a while I check the screws and they are just as tight as when I installed it. I also put a "lip" around the edge of the shelf so that I wouldn't have to worry about the projector moving on it's own (let's say from some sort of vibrations that might come from somewhere 😉 ) and falling off the shelf.
  3. PWK signed many of his speakers. I've seen some photos here on this forum of his signature on the inspected by (or maybe tested by or maybe both) area. Sometimes he would sign the speakers somewhere else. I have a cousin that bought a pair of Chorus IIs. When he went to pick them up, PWK happened to be there and PWK signed his speakers (I believe it was on the back radiator if my memory serves correct). It happened to be near closing time so he also got to enjoy some spirits with PWK and the store owners.
  4. Thanks for the feedback! That looks like a great solution. I'll have to look more into this when I'm ready to start building. To everyone else, sorry for hijacking this tread. I'll continue any further discussions elsewhere.
  5. Links to the Sanus Systems AFA: https://www.sanus.com/en_US/products/furniture/afa/ https://www.amazon.com/Sanus-Systems-Accurate-Furniture-Audio/dp/B00004U8A0 Link to the VTI BL404-13: https://www.standsandmounts.com/vtiblseriesaudiorackbl404-13variousfinishes7913spacing.aspx
  6. I actually purchased (I think three ) of the Sanus Systems AFA audio racks a couple of years ago. Based on reviews, price, shelf size, and weight capacity, they seemed to meet my minimum requirements though I would've preferred something a bit more hefty. The problem with these racks is that they seem to be difficult to ship without getting damaged due to poor packaging (reviews of others who have made this purchase have claimed the same). Almost every shelf arrived damaged, some significantly. I thought I would return the damaged pieces and keep the ones that were good. The problem was there weren't enough undamaged shelves to assembly one good unit! I was able to return all of them and get my money back. Based on my experience and the reviews I've seen regarding shipping damage, I decided to go a different direction. I did assemble one rack and it seemed sufficiently sturdy and strong enough to hold my heavy equipment. I'm sure it meets its stated weight capacities. The rack itself was relatively lightweight, certainly lighter than my current racks. I actually would've kept them had it not been for the shipping damage and I'm sure they would've worked just fine.
  7. I'm very sorry to hear the news. Condolencess to you, your family and friends.
  8. I just saw this thread and upon seeing your photo was going to ask the exact same question. I've been looking at building the exact same kind of diffusers as you did with an eye toward something that is lightweight, inexpensive, and stiff yet bendable. Where did you purchase the coroplast and has it held up well so far [e.g. have they lost their tension/elasticity (for lack of a better word) -- assuming you are using that to hold them in place]?
  9. Here are my Juicy Music Pure Class-A Triode (pCAT) Lynx monoblock amplifiers:
  10. As Mike mentions, Juicy Music is a company founded by Mark Deneen -- a former forum member here. He has since retired from this business several years ago. I'm a current owner of Juicy Music pCATs and have owned them since new (cira 2007-ish). While I don't own the Blueberry, I do own the Peach and Peach II preamps which are very similar but without a phono stage. All of the Juicy Music line of equipment offer high performance and great value. While the preamps are fantastic and great values, what are truly special in my opinion are the pCATs. There weren't many made and have very rarely come up for sale. Not only do I think they would be a good first step into tubes, but they may also be your last. It won't be easy (or inexpensive) to improve upon this level of performance.
  11. Thanks for that feedback. I was also considering VTI (BL404-13) so your comments are helpful. I'm going to need to get a few of these so want to make sure I make the right choice.
  12. That was a very enjoyable read! You've discoved the secret that many have known for years and may be slowly getting out (could be why used Klipsch are getting more and more expensive). Klipsch sometimes gets quickly dismissed by the "Audiophile Elite" simply because they are inexpensive (relatively speaking compared to other brands) and because those people haven't heard them properly set up, or at all. They simply go by what they have heard or read. I've relayed a story several times on this forum where a self-proclaimed audiophile decided to consider purchasing a pair of La Scalas I was selling. He confessed to me audio was his only hobby and did very well financially as he worked in the real estate industy in Southern California during a hot market, so he didn't have issues spending money if he felt it was worthwhile. I recall him saying he owned a $10k Audio Research preamp. He hadn't heard Klipsch before but was intrigued. When I showed him my Klipschorns, he said he had an audiophile buddy that called them "pigs." I let him listen to the Klipschorns and he was dumbfounded. He told me my system sounded better than his friends "$100,000 Wilson Audio system." He wanted to know every single component I was using down to my (inexpensive) speaker wire and (inexpensive) interconnects. In fact, he offered to buy my entire system, including those cheap interconnects and speaker wire! Avantegarde (Solos I believe) were his current speakers at that time. Yes, they got replaced by Klipsch! Also check out the highly acclaimed RP-600M -- they are on sale now at $503/pair (regularly $629): https://www.klipsch.com/products/rp-600m-bookshelf-speakers?source=googleshopping&locale=en-US&utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=surfaces By the way, I don't see an issue with your connecting high dollar electronics with lower-cost speakers. In fact, Steve Guttenberg covered this on one of his videos stating that it's better than doing the opposite (which I tend to agree with based on some experience): Other good videos to watch include: Welcome to the forum!
  13. That could be the case. Do you know how many Merlins are in existence? I own pCATs #15 and #16 so there are at least eight sets out there.
  14. Has anyone purchased the Monprice Monolith XL audio racks? They seem to be a great value. https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=39165&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkcTIwpu57wIV0tXACh0LZwlSEAAYASAAEgIXxvD_BwE
  15. I'd suggest considering these as well:
  16. As the owner of pCATs, I can say they are amazing amplifiers and rarely come up for sale. For those that aren't familar, search this forum and you will only see very postive reviews.
  17. These are advertised in the furniture section so they are probably not getting too many views. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/fuo/d/seagoville-klipsch-la-scala/7275638975.html
  18. This looks like the center channel that went between these Klipschorns (you can even see one of the K-horns in the photo above):
  19. J M O N

    First Watt

    I've owned the Wright 2A3 Monos (still regret selling them), so I consider that to be very high praise!
  20. J M O N

    First Watt

    I haven't seen a thread dedicated to First Watt amplifiers so thought I would start one here. For those of you that own or have owned First Watt amps, please indicate the model and share you impressions here. Thanks!
  21. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ele/d/coppell-klipschorns-cornerhorns-khorn/7279335849.html
  22. Cary Audio Designs CAD45-SE single ended triode monoblocks (45 tube). Photos are from a previous owner.
  23. Looks great! I've had thoughts of doing something very similar, but when I started adding up all the parts necessary and the time involved, it seemed to requiree more time than I have available. Weight is another concern. Do you have an idea of how much each one of those weighs?
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