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  1. DFW Klipschorns

    Some more Klipschorns for sale. They seem to come up somewhat regularly here. I've now started wondering just how many reside in the Metroplex... https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ele/d/klipsch-corner-horns/6563946461.html https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/ele/d/1954-klipschorn-mono-corner/6564630358.html
  2. Show us your great photography thread!

    Thanks, but just to clarify, the photos I posted above are not mine. I found them on Photo.net -- https://www.photo.net/
  3. Show us your great photography thread!

    As a follow-up to my previous post, one of the great things I've learned is that there are great photos to be made of just about any subject. They are all around us and you don't have to go to Yosemite, Yellowstone, or the Grand Canyon to take great photos. Most people just can't see them and pass right by. That was a great skill that my photographer friend had. I remember a photo he took of a common fire hydrant that was amazing. It may have been that photo (or one like it) that led me to realize that the ability to see a photo was a skill he had that I didn't and when I realized there was much more to photography than "turning dials and pressing a shutter button." That is when I knew I had to learn how to "concentrate" if I ever wanted to take great photos. As an example of what I am talking about, here are some examples of great photos taken of everyday objects that are more difficult for the average person to "see." These are not my photos, I've pulled them from https://www.photo.net/.
  4. Show us your great photography thread!

    This is where the "concentration" part comes in that I mentioned in my previous post. This can be learned but it does take effort and practice. A great way to learn is to look at the great photos of others. An even better way to learn is to go out shooting with great photographers and compare the photos they took to yours. You'll likely find they took photos that you never "saw." This is what happened to me with the photographer I mentioned. He would come back with photos where I would ask myself if we were in the same place. It was amazing to find that he came back with great photos of subjects that were "invisible" to me -- I didn't see the same things that he did. Why? -- because I hadn't learned how to look. Over time, I have learned to look better and how to "concentrate." My photography has improved because I have learned to "see" better by looking at the work of other photographers. For those that want to improve their photography skills, I would highly recommend you join a local photography club. And most importantly, go out on photography outings with the club and see what photos the other club members came back with. Doing this will improve your ability to "see" and your photography will improve. Your photography skills should improve over time which is a great thing about photography -- age doesn't necessarily impede improvement as it does in other things.
  5. Show us your great photography thread!

    Its been many, many years since I started my interest in photography which was before digital was introduced. I was fortunate that around that time I came across a professional photographer who was more than willing to teach. I knew very little at that time having taken a beginner's photo class in college and reading whatever material I was able to get a hold of -- but still, I was very much a beginner. I learned a lot from him but I'll share a couple of interesting topics. This particular photographer lived in South America and the price for film and developing was not inexpensive -- especially when you consider the relative cost to income ratios as compared to the U.S. Because of this, he was very careful and selective each and every time he pressed that shutter button. Think about this for a second, if it cost you say $5 every time you pressed the shutter button, how many photos would you be taking? That's probably not too far off from what it was like for him back then considering inflation and today's dollars. Now he was a pro, but almost every single photo he got was pretty amazing. He also didn't take "duplicate" photos. There were times when I would go shooting with him and he would come back having taken hardly any photos complaining that he wasn't able to concentrate. I thought to myself, "concentrate," what do you mean -- all you gotta do is adjust some dials and press a button. Why is it so hard to concentrate on that? Well, of course he meant he wasn't able to concentrate on what is required for capturing a great image before your press that button -- the thinking part. Eventually I learned that the thinking part is where great photos are made and understood what he was talking about. Without it, you have to rely on luck to get a great shot. I now shoot digital and it doesn't cost anything to press that shutter button. But even so, I found it interesting when I realized that I don't take many more photos today than I did when I had to pay for film and processing. I spend more time thinking and as such, not as much time pressing the shutter button. I do believe I get better photos because of this. One other thing this pro did that I found interesting and is mentioned in topics above. For those photos that he did not like, he threw them away, despite the fact that each one costed him good money. He recommend that I do the same -- which I did adopt eventually, although I've not been as thorough in that regard as he was, probably because my "keepers" were not in the same league as his "keepers." One thing that I have done from the beginning with digital is to shoot raw. This does mean that I have to digitally process every single photo I take, but shooting raw yields the best results as I have learned. I didn't like this initially when I first switched from film to digital as it was more effort and it seemed like the quality wasn't there as it was with film (slides) -- that was partly because I didn't know how to process images correctly (and maybe I still don't). But I do get more "keepers" this way. I don't have to worry about white balance when I shoot because you set that later when you shoot raw. Raw also has greater latitude with adjustments if you didn't quite get the exposure perfectly. I have also found that post-processing is required for almost every shot to be its best, so shooting raw doesn't add that much extra time anyway. Of course to do any post processing you really need to have a calibrated monitor, especially if you want to do any printing.
  6. Moving Klipschorns

    This is just to show that you can fit a complete pair of B-style Klipschorns in a 4Runner and still have enough room for two people in front.
  7. Moving Klipschorns

    Khorns aren't too bad to move around if you have the right equipment. I can't count how many times I have moved mine. I'd recommend getting a hand truck like the one below, preferably with pneumatic tires (rolls easier and absorbs some of the bumps). As has been mentioned, take off the top hat and remove the side grills. You'll find that the bass bin is just a triangular cabinet. Wrap the bass bin with moving blankets and put something on the bottom steel "shelf" of the hand truck to prevent scratches. Then, secure the bass bin to the hand truck with ratchet straps. Once secure, you're all set and you can move that thing anywhere. Using this method, I've been able to move my Khorns (and Belle's, La Scalas, etc.) without any help and have even moved them up and down stairs on several occasions. They are big and heavy speakers, but with the right equipment they are very manageable. I usually don't even remove the top hats unless I'm moving them up or down stairs. https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200596447_200596447?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Material Handling > Hand %2B Utility Trucks > Standard Hand Trucks&utm_campaign=Ironton&utm_content=31623&cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=google_PLA&utm_campaign=&mkwid=sdfxljI2A&pcrid=200681799728&devicetype=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5LbWBRDCARIsALAbcOcSUfZyqT0lhPwRpM_shWrsbNVrF3nU6l5OLi2eC1ysfyaRhpFcV9EaAt_cEALw_wcB
  8. It looks like this $570,000 system will be on display at the Lonestar Audio Fest this year: https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis8gf12-austin-acoustic-sp-4r-4-way-horn-speakers-at-lsaf-2018-full-range?utm_campaign=Saturday_Email_20180331_IPW&utm_content=saturday_email_20180331&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zaius&zm64_id=am1vbmRyQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ%3D%3D
  9. What I Got Today!

    Actually, it's more likely to be the LT5, but that may depend on how you define "all-around." Higher horsepower, incredible durability (world endurance record holder for production cars), and believe it or not, the MPGs aren't too far off from that 3.8L (when driven modestly!). It was a bit expensive when new though.
  10. Using a low power SEP for HT?

    I used a Wright Sound 3.5 watt SET amp to run my front two channels which were Klipschorns and it did just fine. I can't remember if I had them set to small or not.
  11. I'd have to agree with Youthman regarding your pricing tip request. You have already agreed on price AND he is delivering them to you. San Diego to downtown LA is what, a 16 hour drive with traffic??? Ok, maybe not that long on most days, but still -- LA traffic?? I know I would be pretty upset if someone tried to re-negotiate after we made a deal and I just spent a good part of my Saturday delivering those large speakers. My suggestion to you would be to be a man (or woman) of your word and follow through on your commitment.
  12. Belle Review

    What does your floor look like? Is it all wood without any kind of rugs or carpet? It sure does seem like something may be wrong, beyond just bad matches of components. Maybe the room has something to do with it, but even a bad room shouldn't sound as terrible as you describe, especially if all your other speakers aren't sounding bad. I'm curious if there isn't something wrong with something inside. I once owned the Threshold S300 II -- it's been about 20 years. I think I used them with Cornwalls back then. Nice amp but I eventually moved on to others I liked better.
  13. Music CD's

    I very rarely watch a movie more than once but I'll listen to CDs over and over and over again. As such, CDs represent a much better value for me. I don't buy movies anymore.
  14. Walnut Chorus in Denver CO

    I've not owned the original Chorus but is there something wrong with the ports? There just seems to be holes there.