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_RIGGED_

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About _RIGGED_

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  • Birthday 01/20/1967

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  • Location
    Houston
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    Klipsch,BBQ&Beer.
  • My System
    Cornwalls,Heresy,and Chorus 2s.
  1. I picked up a pair from Ebay a couple of weeks and I tell you what, I hate to say it, they sound much better than my Cornwalls. The bass is amazing! RIGGED
  2. There's a pair of Cornwall IIs listed in the Houston Craiglist for a whopping $200 bucks! Full email included....oh yea, they also have Crites Xovers and titanium tweets.lol RIGGED
  3. Alrighty, time for a mini review. Music Diana Krall Spyro Gyra George Strait-I am from Texas after all. Michael Buble Live Annie Lennox Simply Red Evian to tap water sums it up, the clarity of the tubes is what struck me right away, as did the tamed down bass response. I mean, the bass was still there, just not as palpable. Another worry I had stuck in the crane was power, would the ST70 have enough ummph to suit my needs, the answer is YES! Will I rid my abode from SS, no! It's still a must for home theater and for the occasional rock concert but for easy listenin, I've been TUBED, hook line and sinker! After spending a solid hour with the ST70, I did notice something was missing, the headache SS would give me, with the same decibles and set list. SS has become much like a drag race, awesome for a brief time period while tubes are more like a Nascar race if that makes sense. Thanks to all of those who took time to opine on this matter, It is greatly appreciated fellas. BTW the amp I purchased turned out to be a Latino, just not built by Bob. RIGGED
  4. Damn Dog, that's a killer deal! RIGGED
  5. When did the OP change to a kit? I assumed he was buying a finished one? I decided to go ahead and get one already made. Due to a financial emergency, I was forced to buy one from the Bay, and it arrived today, sadly with the on/off switch broken! OYE!!! So I decided to head to RAT Shack to buy a replacement, thing is, while I can do a decent job of solderin, I'm not sure how to wire the new switch. The original was wired like this. One side had a brown wire to fuse, the pin underneath was a black wire to the 120VAC The other side had a black wire to the power supply, and the pin underneath a white wire to the 120VAC. The original switch was a toggle, this one is a slide switch. The original is the one on the left. The ole gut says to wire the same but I really want to make this thing sing tonight, so I figured I'd ask the pros. HELP!!!! If you need help with a dynaco; pose your question on tubes4hifi.com's forum, you'll likely get a response pretty quickly. People there are eager and knowledgeable. After consulting with an electrician, I wired accordingly, much to my dismay, the right channel ain't workin. Upon further investigation, the right terminal connector piece was broken internal like. I contacted the seller and he his sending a replacement, the cat has been awesome by that way. Man, it's killin me to have this wave and not be able to surf it. And, I have an outta town trip comin up so, it will further delay my enjoyment, ah, what the heck, I've waited this long right? RIGGED
  6. When did the OP change to a kit? I assumed he was buying a finished one? I decided to go ahead and get one already made. Due to a financial emergency, I was forced to buy one from the Bay, and it arrived today, sadly with the on/off switch broken! OYE!!! So I decided to head to RAT Shack to buy a replacement, thing is, while I can do a decent job of solderin, I'm not sure how to wire the new switch. The original was wired like this. One side had a brown wire to fuse, the pin underneath was a black wire to the 120VAC The other side had a black wire to the power supply, and the pin underneath a white wire to the 120VAC. The original switch was a toggle, this one is a slide switch. The original is the one on the left. The ole gut says to wire the same but I really want to make this thing sing tonight, so I figured I'd ask the pros. HELP!!!!
  7. Ok, kind of an experiment then. Of course we can't predict what kind of sound qualities others will like, so I would take this on from a different angle - what's the most "tube'ish sound" you could try, which would best show off the tube qualities? What experiment will give you the greatest insight into how tubes differ from transistor amps? Then, if you don't like that, there wouldn't be much sense going forward with it. You would have heard the example of "good tubes" clearly. To that end, I would begin with Single-Ended Pentode (SEP) amps that feature no feedback. I think they offer the best window into tubes that you can buy on a modest budget. The most common recommendation, and one I used to make all the time, is the old Dynaco Ultralinear amps, like the ST70, MKIII and SCA35. But, ultralinear amps aren't really that close to today's state of the art in tube amps. Yes, they are good, and yes you can get lots of watts per dollar, but watts per dollar isn't the best way to show the strength of tube amps. A classic Single-Ended Triode (SET) amp would probably cost more than some of the new SEPs, and so for that reason they would be my second recommendation if you can find one in your budget. A typical SEP with no feedback and really good transformer and caps inside, will demonstrate the beauty of tubes very well. The fine grain, the exquisite detail, the openness and see through clarity is common to these amps. You compare this to your SS amp, and you will say, "Oh, now I get what this tube thing is all about." It will be very obvious. The Dynaco and all the hundreds of "ultralinear clones" fall behind the SET, SEP, in the finer points of tube sound, but they do offer more power. And to be clear, "more power" was the exact driving force behind the design of the ultralinear amps. On acoustic suspension speakers, the ultralinear has a clear advantage over SET/SEP. The cool thing about horns is that it opened the door to these better sounding, but less powerful designs, like SET/SEP. Thanks for the recommendations however it's full steam ahead with the ST70, yes, there is a winner of the two. I decided to get Bob L's advice and much to my surprise, he said I should go with the lower priced ST70. Sadly, they do not keep wired boxes in stock, it will take up to 3 weeks from the payment date. I am SO excited, my very first tube amp! Perhaps down the road I'll give SET amps a shot who knows. I'll post pictures and my thoughts later on. Thanks again to everyone! RIGGED Congrats on your purchase! I may have missed it but did you give any thoughts to what pre you'll be using? -R Almost at the purchasing stage, still waitin for the check to come in. Preamp,hmmm, whatever I get it has to be on the smaller side, since it has to all fit inside the antique thingamagig my wife likes. On another note, Bob Latino is very easy to deal with-oh waitin is the hardest part! RIGGED
  8. That's good to ear, I mean hear. Thanks, RIGGED
  9. Cornman, Oh yessss, I can almost feel them warm waters now. RIGGED
  10. Excellent! I am sure you will be delighted with Bob's stuff. He does a great job. Be sure to post when you get the amp all setup! I know you will have a lot of fun in the new adventure. You got it Hoss!! RIGGED
  11. Thanks dude, I'm stoked! RIGGED
  12. Ok, kind of an experiment then. Of course we can't predict what kind of sound qualities others will like, so I would take this on from a different angle - what's the most "tube'ish sound" you could try, which would best show off the tube qualities? What experiment will give you the greatest insight into how tubes differ from transistor amps? Then, if you don't like that, there wouldn't be much sense going forward with it. You would have heard the example of "good tubes" clearly. To that end, I would begin with Single-Ended Pentode (SEP) amps that feature no feedback. I think they offer the best window into tubes that you can buy on a modest budget. The most common recommendation, and one I used to make all the time, is the old Dynaco Ultralinear amps, like the ST70, MKIII and SCA35. But, ultralinear amps aren't really that close to today's state of the art in tube amps. Yes, they are good, and yes you can get lots of watts per dollar, but watts per dollar isn't the best way to show the strength of tube amps. A classic Single-Ended Triode (SET) amp would probably cost more than some of the new SEPs, and so for that reason they would be my second recommendation if you can find one in your budget. A typical SEP with no feedback and really good transformer and caps inside, will demonstrate the beauty of tubes very well. The fine grain, the exquisite detail, the openness and see through clarity is common to these amps. You compare this to your SS amp, and you will say, "Oh, now I get what this tube thing is all about." It will be very obvious. The Dynaco and all the hundreds of "ultralinear clones" fall behind the SET, SEP, in the finer points of tube sound, but they do offer more power. And to be clear, "more power" was the exact driving force behind the design of the ultralinear amps. On acoustic suspension speakers, the ultralinear has a clear advantage over SET/SEP. The cool thing about horns is that it opened the door to these better sounding, but less powerful designs, like SET/SEP. Thanks for the recommendations however it's full steam ahead with the ST70, yes, there is a winner of the two. I decided to get Bob L's advice and much to my surprise, he said I should go with the lower priced ST70. Sadly, they do not keep wired boxes in stock, it will take up to 3 weeks from the payment date. I am SO excited, my very first tube amp! Perhaps down the road I'll give SET amps a shot who knows. I'll post pictures and my thoughts later on. Thanks again to everyone! RIGGED
  13. Yet another ST70 vote and with Cornwalls to boot! RIGGED
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