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  1. 12 minutes ago, JohnJ said:


    You excel at this hobby of yours, or have you done custom cabinetry for years before!

    The speaker cabinets are seemingly always a unique beautiful veneer and definitely a quality job!





    I can "date" how long he's been wood working and he'll hate me for this as I'v mentioned it to him before.  I got my first car, a 1981 AMC Spirit (one step above a pacer) when my grandfather made a deal with me that if I would sell my motorcycle, he'd buy me a car.  Bad part is, I should have found out what car that was going to be first.  ha.  But it was mid October 1982 and I was 16 years old and had a car with no stereo....and I loved stereo things already.  I went and bought a Concord AM/FM cassette and an ads Power Plate amplifier that I bought brand new from the local store (Softmart in Searcy, AR I believe it was).  A friend at my church knew that Ken built speakers and got me in touch with him and he made me a set of 2-way cabinet speakers using a 6.5" woofer and dome tweeters (Can't remember the brand) but this little system jammed in my hatchback and set my direction into a 25 year future of home A/V and car audio employment.


    @longdrive03  aka Ken, is a great guy and does outstanding work.

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  2. I have a Revox A77 Mk IV with the cover and the NAB hubs (need o-rings) that I am going to sell as it is.  Like most all of them, they will need gone through. But to my understanding, this was quite a well regarded machine back in its day.  My daughter goes to the U of A and will be in this weekend and could bring it back potentially if any interest. 


    There's a place in TN that specializes in these units.  



  3. I have a Scott 299-d that was redone by Terry Dewick maybe 15 years ago but it's missing tubes and needs to be gone through before being used.  The guy that I would normally use in Little Rock to go through it isn't taking in any work until the pandemonium calms down more.  I guess I need to get on the list with Craig potentially.  So I guess I'll have to get back with you.  lol

  4. I appreciate all the information on the GZ34 tubes.  I know these have the ability to get pretty pricy pretty quick especially for the NOS models and even used.  I guess I need to decide something soon and might spring for one of the better GZ34's as soon as I get a pair of JBL L50's sold off which will free up some "toy money".

  5. This is a great McIntosh MA5100 solid state amplifier that was made from 1966 to 1972.   It's rated at 45 watts per channel into 4 or 8-ohm loads and will sound phenomenal on most any speakers you put on it.  This amp was just gone recently through by Durham Electronics in Little Rock by a technician with 40 years under his belt.  It had the power supply rebuilt and updated, all controls cleaned, chrome cleaned, the main filter caps and all can caps were tested out (all were fine) and checked for safe use and I will supply the receipt for the repairs.  Hook it up to some higher efficiency speakers and you will have a great match for years to come.  Heck, hook it up to lesser efficient speakers and it will still sound great.


    It does have a bubble in the glass on the left side but these can be replaced, or, lived with. Personal choice.  It’s really hard to find a 50 year old McIntosh that doesn’t have a bubble in the glass; but is possible.  Also, there is no wood case included which is how I originally got it.  I installed some basic rubber feet on the bottom in the location where they attached the temporary shipping feet from the factory.


    Asking SOLD cash only with local pickup in Searcy, AR at the Police Department during normal daylight hours.  I really don't want to have to ship this but I can...just count on it being kind of pricy since rates have gone up some plus finding/purchasing good packaging material for a SAFE delivery. I would be glad to drive a "reasonable" distance if someone is interested.

    Not many of these pop up around here!  Thanks for looking and let me know if any questions.










  6. I had sold my VTA ST-70 because I rarely ever used it and what happens?  I come across a group of things that I couldn't pass up including a basically new, and mostly finished, Dynakit ST-70 with the upgraded transformers, etc.  All that it needs is the power transformer wiring finished and a full set of tubes and it should be off to the races.  Kevin, at Dynakit, recommended using some KT77's in it and I believe I have a pair of Stromberg Carlson labeled 7199's to go in, too.  On the VTA ST-70 I had, the original GZ34 failed after a few months and I replaced it with a Genelex Gold Lion and also bought a JJ Tesla for backup.  Is there any advantage to using a Solid State rectifier in place of the tube besides cost?  Does it put more stress on the output tubes?


    I've also got a Scot 299-d integrated tube amp that I'll have to get 11 tubes for that was serviced by Terry Dewick maybe 15 years ago.  But that's another story...

  7. 1 hour ago, capo72 said:

    Amazon HD music currently works with Android Auto, I use it all the time in the car. I've been using it for several years now, and once the HD version was available I upgraded right away. I search by artist all the time, and have never had a problem finding an entire discography. Usually there are multiple versions of popular albums with Ultra HD tracks playing up to 24 bit / 96kHz Flac files. I use the desktop app at work and feed USB out from my PC into my DAC and then to head phone amp. Phone app will not control desktop app like Spotify though.


    Maybe it's got something to do with how they were saved.  But for 4 months, I put it through its paces and the two parts that I hated were the not being able to control the desktop app from the phone app (like Spotify connect) and saving, then finding, the artist list like Spotify does.  There's trade offs for both, or any of them, but at the end of the day, I took Spotify for the ease of control.  I might try it again and see at  some point because it definitely sounded good.  I also enjoy the Spotify playlists as I have no time or desire to sit and make them.

  8. 4 hours ago, Tarheel said:

    May I have your R2R if you're not using it?


    Are you wanting an RtR?  I have a Revox A77 Mk IV that I am selling that I'll never use.  Needs to be updated of course.  ;)

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  9. 34 minutes ago, Edgar said:

    I looked into Amazon HD, but it seemed only to be supported by Amazon devices. Has that changed? And do any Amazon-compatible devices offer digital outputs without resampling?


    It worked on my Galaxy S9 and they make a desktop app for Windows.  But, the phone app can't control the desktop app like Spotify can do, and point it to whatever device to stream it to.

  10. Has that original crappy clunky interface gotten any better with Amazon HD yet?  What I mainly didn't like about it was the inability of being able to control the desktop app from a phone or tablet like how Spotify does it.  But what I loathed more than that was, if you saved an artist, you couldn't just go to that artist and see all of their disography; it's like you had to know up front what you wanted to go to.  I really wanted to like it and keep it but stayed with Spotify....which also works well with all my Google Home devices.  Not to mention that Android Auto didn't support it at the time.  Maybe that's different now.


    But if they could make those two things work, I'd consider.

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  11. 58 minutes ago, Chief bonehead said:

    Specification and finding parts/drivers that will not vary outside a certain limit is the hardest part. You wouldn’t believe how hard that is..........consistency 


    I agree.  It's hard to find consistencies in most any area of manufacturing anymore no matter what the product.  Clothes, food, electronics, etc.  And on your end, you're wanting consistent "in spec" products to come in so you can send  the same "in spec" products back out.

  12. 22 minutes ago, The Dude said:

    I know you don't need my respect. Since I've already considered buying from him, my question was an honest question,.  Sorry for the bother, have a great day.  


    Makes me wonder what percentages of difference in voltage would be "allowed".  Kind of like how tolerance levels used to be acceptable on the old capacitors.  Didn't those have a pretty broad swing to them?  Who knows....  Apparently not us.

  13. I know there is going to come a time when I'm going to want to sell this house and build/buy something smaller.  For the majority of the year, its just 3 of us in right at 3,000 sqft since our daughter is gone 9 months a year for college.  We went from about 1800 to 3000 with the upstairs being about 600 of it...for my crap.  Funny how we end up upstairs most every night listening to music and not downstairs watching tv; thats been nice. 


    I love the house but I know eventually I'm going to want to retire and I won't always be able to trek upstairs.  Ha. 



  14. Interesting.  I've never had trouble posting a WTB on any forum or a FS for that matter.  The majority of the potential scammers I get are from Craigslist ads most every time.  Pretty easy to know what is real and what isn't by just asking simple questions and not giving out too much info until it "feels right".  Common sense mainly.  But, maybe it's happening more on here as of lately.

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