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    NOS Valves VRD Amplifiers (V-Cap TFTF)
    Custom Cabinets by Tom Keady

    La Scala 1976
    - LS BB (Aletheia Audio Super AA networks w/ OIMP V-Caps)
    - Beyma CP25, BMS 4592ND-MID Drivers,
    - Fastlane Audio Eliptrac 400 Horns

    Cornwall 1967
    - WO (moved from ALK CornScala-Wall networks
    with Mundorf MCap EVO Aluminum Oil caps to B2 with Flat Stacked Jupiter caps)
    - Crites CT-125, K-55M Drivers,
    - Fastlane Audio Fastrac Horns

    Cornwall 1968
    - WO (B type Xover upgraded to B2 with Flat Stacked Jupiter caps)

    Heresy II 1985
    - Veneered and upgraded to Heresy III

    Heresy I 1976
    - WO (E type Xover with Flat Stacked Jupiter caps)

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  1. Seems as though REL has decent respect for Klipsch speakers. I believe this REL blog is written by John Hunter https://rel.net/blog/2022-04-27/system-thinking/klipsch-and-high-efficiency-explained/ I find it interesting that he mentions at the end that you need to commit to low level inputs due to the high efficiency of Klipsch speakers. Funny that I went with REL, in part, because of the high level inputs. I always wondered about the speakers efficiency making the "dialing in" of the sub more tricky and that there would a volume sweet spot where things would sound the best (most balanced) I wish he had said more... I'm really wanting more explanation on the subject.
  2. I have similar… 1 tube trap in each corner, 1 at each first side reflection point, and 1 center of front wall pulled out a bit. I’m considering more diffusion at the front wall. I have some absorption on the ceiling due to the cathedral ceiling causing some issue. I’m glad I’m not buying those new today! They do a nice job but painful for the wallet.
  3. Congratulations! Corners weren't a choice for me as far as speaker placement. I played with speaker placement for a long time trying to get the peaks and nulls on the low end to even out as much as possible. I have absorption on the sides but much preferred diffusion to absorption on the front (between speakers). Absorption deadened the sound with just a single much less a couple of 2"x2'x4' panels on the wall. I now actually have a single tube trap with diffusion panel pointed forward and placed in the center somewhat even with the rear of the speakers. I can pull it forward and back to "focus" the sound stage somewhat... pretty cool results.
  4. Not familiar with the Yamaha you mentioned... is that model correct? I've had a lot of fun with the CR-2040 and Marantz 2330... if going vintage integrated the Yamaha CA-2010 is amazing. The 2040 has a really nice low end that helps the La Scalas a bit. I guess it kind of depends on your goals... I listened to vintage receivers usually while doing other things with Cornwalls or Heresy's (garage, bedroom). I'm not really answering your question but was curious about the Yamaha. Honestly, I'd like you to try them all yourself and report back with your comparison. Are your LaScalas stock? Have fun!
  5. I would not hesitate to get the 2nd but it is your money to decide, of course. It is amazing how softly I can listen but there is still the depth and dynamics from top to bottom... it reinforces all the notes somehow.
  6. Have to say I've been loving my pair of REL's with the La Scalas for almost 2 years now. I can't imagine being without them now but the only reason I finally bought them was a great deal that came up. No regrets. I like the high level input method. I was waiting for a order of baltic birch to build a pair of Bill Fitzmaurice's THTLP subs when I ran across the REL. I know the baltic birch wasn't necessary but I wanted it if I was going to the effort to build. I would have spent just as much easily since the only sub amp that had all the features I wanted was the Marchand and has since gone way up $$.
  7. Be careful with the tube amp... I know that some require a speaker load at all times while powered on. Might check to see if that is the case for yours.
  8. Dad was given a ball signed by Babe Ruth when he was a kid. He didn't know any better and scuffed it up throwing it against a brick wall. DOH! Well, he still has it 80 years later and it's not as bad as you might think but that is certainly a painful story. Paul's signature would be worth a small price bump to me and more likely to make me choose these over others. Condition would matter much more. If they were older with a story it would matter more to me... Just one guy's opinion... and me without decent corners for khorns anywhere in the house.
  9. I just assumed the difference in dimensions was mostly about the thicker panels but I can say that stiffening the sides of my 1976 versions made a big difference. Still haven't veneered the cabinets but might stick with the original black. Been on the fence for quite a few years now. I tried quite a few variations of heights to raise them up but no amount sounded as good as flat on the floor (room is wall to wall carpet). I use DSP to trim off 7dB at 148Hz Q 8.0 which cleans the sound up a lot. Also played with knocking off 4 dB at 180Hz Q 12.0 These numbers came from some conversation here about the LaScala bins but I don't remember the original source. My ears had me at 150Hz knocked down 4dB so I was pretty close.
  10. These ship nicely especially if you have the original shipping box that Craig used. That is a good looking cabinet on this one!
  11. Use a switched power strip for that vintage stuff and save wear on the vintage power switches that can be hard to find
  12. Manufacturers are liable to say just about anything.
  13. It is interesting to me that I had a similar experience as the OP when I traded my 12 ga Blue Jeans speaker wire for Duelund 16 ga tinned stranded wire. It seemed more clear but with a bit of loss on the low end. Swapped for Duelund 12 ga and the low end was better than ever. Only 6 foot runs so it was cheap. I shouldn't have heard a difference but I did. I expected to NOT hear a difference but I did. I don't claim magic or work of the devil either. We don't come close to knowing all there is to know... we just don't know how much we don't know. I think we ain't even close yet! I think science is perfectly capable of figuring this out if motivated to do so. Making psychological claims could have some validity in some circumstances but feels like mostly just a way to dismiss people as having misperceived experiences. I've got lots of questions and I enjoy the how and the why discussions but it would be nice to keep things respectful and let people discuss the equipment. Granted, by Internet and social media standards the crowd here stands out as relatively polite and considerate!
  14. That's a nice installation! It is also encouraging that these speakers are working for so long even with outside exposure! Today I got the wires run and speakers installed in spite of a bit of rain. The top of the bracket is tilted out and spaced from the siding with 25 washers stacked as a spacer. I found some white heat shrink tubing that I'll install to hide the cable a bit better. Used some black Monoprice 14g wire. A horizontal mount would have looked a bit better and maybe less obtrusive but I think I'm going to prefer the adjustability of a vertical installation. Yeah, I know... that siding needs some cleaning!
  15. d1-streamer-mk2 (totaldac.com) Nothing muddy or veiled there
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