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  1. Thanks Marvel, you always post considerate comments. Moving thousands of cassettes, lps and thousands of cds is no small task, and took several trips by themselves. Besides amps, TT’s, tape decks, etc. I never thought about the speakers bouncing off the loading ramp of the truck. Operated by knuckleheads. Lesson learned.
  2. I hope you don’t have La Scalas or some other formidable such Klipsch speaker to transport, when I was younger I moved my Chorus II’s by myself. But that was many Advil’s ago 😃
  3. That thought crossed my mind, although I am always leery of making holes in the cabinets, even the interior. In the meantime, all is well that ends well. The second speaker had suffered the same fate with a runaway Crites crossover. It was resting, more like magnetized against the woofer. Those connections to the woofer had come loose, so the second speaker was an easy fix. I turned everything on, and things worked as they should. Now is the sound perfect in a tiled basement? Of course not, but I was not expecting it to be, but compared to round one, night and day. Our moving out of our apartment was an unexpected result of getting laid off and the pandemic. Moving was always in the future, which suddenly was upon us. So my advice would be, if you are moving, disconnect the crossovers, move your speakers yourselves if you can and pay up for a white glove moving company if you have enough stuff that you worry about them in transit. Moving compamies are a prime example of you get what you pay for. Thanks to all for the helpful advice, I knew the folks here at Klipsch forums would steer me in the right direction.
  4. It was the movers, I moved all of my equipment, cds, LPs, tapes, myself but lugging the Fortes around by myself was a bridge too far. I figured loading them in and out of my Jeep would have been a disaster, probably ruining the veneer, etc. I foolishly thought professional movers would have treated them with the respect I asked for but good help is hard to find these days. At least when I bought your Cornwalls, you helped me load them up! 😀
  5. quick update, I opened the terminal cup on the back and saw that the crossover had fallen and was leaning against the woofer. First order of business is to check the connections. The positive connected to the woofer was out, so reconnect that. Reinstall the crossover doubling up the amount of sticky Velcro so that it adheres better. Move on to squawker, everything good there. move on to the tweeter, oops, one wire not connected and the “Female Disconnect F” spade or shoe is snapped in half. So off to True Value for a lifetime supply of 16-14 gauge connectors. Back down to the basement I go. I can only imagine the same problems or worse exists in the other Forte. Thanks again for the help, hopefully I will be up and running shortly.
  6. Same outputs, different outputs, different RCA cables, different speaker cables, different banana plugs, switched to bare wire and went to the bullpen for a different amp. So basically every permutation I could think of. This afternoon I will pull the crossovers and check the connections, that is the only answer I can think of at this point. The knuckleheads who moved us must have treated them with less respect than they deserved. Probably some potholes on the Long Island Expressway on the way out as my wife lost a few Hummels in transit as well.
  7. So I again switched back to my original amp using a second set of speakers and everything works fine. So this eliminates the amp and cdp. Tomorrow I will take Jason’s suggestion and open them up and check the crossovers. Perhaps something got disconnected in the move. Odd that it would happen to both. With both having problems I would have thought Polarity would have been the culprit. Enough time in the basement for one day. I will report back tomorrow.
  8. Yes both speakers are showing the same symptoms. When using the CDP, the EQ is not involved, straight from CDP Output to Input on the Amp.
  9. So my Forte have been idle for several months and during the pandemic year saw very little action. Recently we consolidated our household so that my NYC stereo, the one with the Forte, is now my basement system. So today I went through the long process of hooking everything up, EQ, Cd Burner, CDP, Table, Tuner, Tape Deck, well you get the idea. After several hours I decided to drop in a disc and……no bass what so ever! My Forte sounded like headphones that were lying on the coffee table. Ugh. Round up the usual suspects, thinking it was a polarity issue. Checked and rechecked the speaker wire. Swapped out the banana plugs, went to bare wire. Changed speaker wire entirely, nothing. Changed inputs from CDP to tape deck to second cdp with a different input obviously, still nothing. Hooked up a different amp, still nothing. Finally hooked up a Academy and another center channel and, music. So there is no obvious damage that I can see after removing the grills. So what has happened to my speakers? In moving did the voice coil or some other internal wiring come loose? I guess I will have to check the connections on the Crites Crossovers, but since both speakers are sounding the same, that doesn’t make sense to me. So I am asking the experts around here if there is anything, obvious or otherwise, that I have missed. To say I am bummed would be an understatement. Thanks for any help you can offer. Stephen
  10. Voted on by our equally inept City Council members. One of whom lives on an Army base here in NY. Talk about private security! Also the elimination of bail for criminal offenses, including gun charges has led to a huge increase in crime. To be denied bail you almost have to shoot the judge’s mom in front of them.
  11. Well in NYC that would be Mayor Bill DeBlasio. The single worst mayor in the history of the city, and that’s saying something.
  12. 61 years living in NYC, the wife and I pulled the plug this summer. The city is in the worst shape in my lifetime, which includes the bad old 70’s. Between the filth, the homeless, the junkies and the criminals, I was never so cautious going around the city over the last year. You should not be afraid to walk around the city you live in, but that is the reality of the situation right now. We all know who to blame.
  13. Having bought a pair of Cornwall II’s from Preston Tom, I can confirm he is a man of his word and very easy to deal with. GLWTS, Tom.
  14. I am a big fan of the ROTEL/Klipsch synergy. I run a RA-1070 Integrated amp with my Forte speakers and use a RA-12 Integrated amp as my Pre-amplifier with my Chorus II’s. ROTEL, much like Klipsch overdelivers at their price points. I find them neutral in delivery which allows my speakers to shine. Enjoy.
  15. His commentary on speaker cable is well worth reading and has caused more than a few audio-fools to pull their hair out. Thanks for your work, it certainly looks like he lead an interesting life.
  16. Not to derail the thread, but I found.a guy who worked with the designer of that SAE amp. He was doing repair work on that engineer’s models, SAE, Ampzilla, Son of Ampzilla, etc. last I heard he was working for VPI turntables. As a side note, the loudest I ever pushed the SAE was 1 whole watt, given the efficiency of the Chorus II, it was concert level loud for these old ears. (As a tribute to the passing of legendary bassist/vocalist John Wetton, I cranked up King Crimson: USA.)
  17. You may want to consider the Rotel lineup of Integrated Amps. Their more recent models such as the RA-12 and A-12 have built in DAC’s. I am currently using the Rotel RA-12 as my Pre-Amp while hooked up to a SAE-501A 250wpc power amp. It offers a tons of flexibility for inputs, optical/coaxial, to which I run my Oppo Blu-ray and tv. Cd and phono sections as well as a front panel input if you ever want to run your IPhone or other such device directly to the Rotel. It is also Blu-Tooth capable. Used they are well within your budget and I saw one recently trade on AudioKarma around the $600 price point. Good luck in your search.
  18. I for one thought he was dead in the water, playing on the regular tour and missing cuts. Phil The Thrill proved me wrong and as a long time fan of his, I enjoyed it thoroughly. A well deserved win.
  19. My wife and I just got our second Pfizer shot at Southampton College today, and we were informed that a booster shot was in our future. We were also told to make copies of our immunization records as they will be needed in the future, (my guess is for plane travel, etc.) Big Brother is watching.
  20. I bought my Klipsch Chorus II at Continental Sound in Forest Hills, Queens in 1990. They sold some nice equipment back in the day and bought my Sony ES amp and CDP there as well. Not that I am in the market but I haven’t seen a Klipsch dealer in the metropolitan area since J&R Music World closed years back. The highest end Klipsch product they sold were Heresy’s.
  21. I got round one of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday, no side effects other than a slight headache, which may or may not have been related. Second dose is the middle of April. For me it was a no brainer. I would love to have our society get back to some semblance of normalcy.
  22. Rotel integrated amps offer great bang for the buck. Plus a myriad of connections on some of the more recent offerings, i.e. RA-12. Toslink/Coaxial connections, phono section, USB port in front faceplate, built in DAC....used prices should be in your wheelhouse. More than enough power to drive Forte speakers.
  23. Johnny Johnson, the great R&B piano player? Loved him and saw him a bunch of times in NYC. “The baddest left hand in the business”said Keith Richards. As to the passing of Chick Corea, another great contributor to the American art form that is jazz has left the stage. RIP.
  24. RT FAN

    Robin Hood etc....

    A couple of things regarding this mess. First of all the Robin Hood/Wall Street Bets crowd identified an arbitrage opportunity by recognizing that several hedge funds were short a total of 140% of the total outstanding float of shares of GameStop. So they banded together and started running up the share price on this stock, which as it soared in value forced the hedge funds to either cover their shorts at huge losses or borrow the shares for delivery at high rates in the stock loan market. In this instance, thousands of small investors caught the big boys with their pants down and crushed them, nothing wrong with that. This works well if anyone holds their position but you cannot blame someone for taking extraordinary profits in the trade. So once the crack in the dyke started it became a flood of selling. I would imagine hedge funds were among the biggest sellers at the highs, (hey if you are going top lose your job you might as well double down.)Trapping some of the longs at ridiculous prices and wiping them out as they ran for the exit. Saw an interview with an analyst who has covered GME for 16 years. He had the most optimistic earnings call on the stock at something like 95 cents per share, which would mean the stock should be trading at $20 per share. The average earnings call from his fellow analysts was something like a loss of 19 cents a share. To justify some of the lofty prices at which GME traded would mean they would have to earn over $20 per share this year. Not gonna happen. I will not shed any tears about hedge funds getting their lunch money stolen, they have been screwing over the general public for years, ever hear of “Frontrunning orders”? Heck Robin Hood MAKES their money by selling their stock orders to the big boys who then execute those orders in the most advantageous manner to benefit THEMSELVES, not the retail customer. If you think you are getting best order execution on your minuscule stock trades, dream on McDuff. Anyway, perhaps the SEC will limit shorting of shares to 100% of the float of any one company, might be a prudent move. But if you think that the small investor would win more than one round against the titans of Wall Street, you are delusional. The High Frequency traders are in and out of the trade before your buy order hits the tape, They have computing power and telecommunications supremacy that allows them to execute orders in milliseconds on exchanges all over the world. Even the biggest get a bloody nose once in awhile a some even get wiped out, remember Long Term Capital? Damn near took down the whole system. Some folks made a great deal of money in this trade, good for them. When all is said and done most of the buyers of these shorted stocks will have lost their investment. I can only hope they only bet what they could afford to lose, somehow I doubt it.
  25. He was very helpful when I spoke with him and I hope his son continues his work. RIP
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