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  1. Years ago, I took a decibel meter into the kids room to see exactly how loud I could get in the cave without being able to hear anything in the bedrooms. With all the doors closed the tipping point was around 74-75 db which I felt was pretty decent considering how close we were. I could push it to 80+ but then I was taking a chance on them waking up. That was when I had Cornwalls but I might compare now that I have La Scalas. Placement in the room makes a difference to the neighbors but there is only one best location in my room and I'm not going to make placement decisions based on how it sounds outside the room. 😜
  2. Oh here we go! Cotton? Nylon? Polypropylene? Jute? Wait, I've got it... hemp surely sounds best.
  3. I've used a lot of RTV sealant for some NEMA enclosure situations. This was to seal circuit boards from exposure to dust and water. I've been curious about the long term effect of RTV on the boards but they have usually been damaged within a couple of years by other causes before I could see any harm from the sealants. Thoughts on RTV? I've been using Dow Corning 732 since this was a gasket type use but 738 might be more appropriate. https://www.modusadvanced.com/hubfs/Brochures-Guides/Dow-Corning-Silicone-Sealants.pdf
  4. That looks WAAAYYY more fun than a minivan!
  5. It's a good idea! At least I'd get to feel a little better about it
  6. Yeah, I' might take that for it... just kind of nostalgic I guess... lot of years of hauling kids in that thing. Just getting tired of all the unexpected expenses lately but that's how it is sometimes. Once in a while it all hits at the same time. All part of the fun!
  7. Kelly Blue Book says 2800 - 4100. 4100 would be top dollar from a dealer and I’d guess it would be closer to 3k+ from an individual. A used transmission isn’t much less than that. Body is decent and everything works (even dvd) except the passenger window. Considering donating maybe.
  8. Just a month ago, my wife and I were talking about selling the old 2003 Odyssey but we hadn't done anything with it yet. Well, we waited too long I guess and now the transmission needs to be replaced. It isn't worth the cost and effort to us because we really don't need it anymore. The engine runs like a top and I imagine this fully loaded van at 148k miles could have a lot more miles to go potentially. Any ideas or interest?
  9. Where are the Heresy's and what in the world are those in the corners?
  10. When dealing with insurance for personal property I found that I just had to show an existing equivalent and give a good argument. An example was a custom built computer with high end parts (for the day) that I put together a couple years earlier. I had to find the closest equivalent I could buy outright and get their "tech" guy to agree it was a fair replacement. I think you will lose if arguing price of materials plus your labor but coverage can differ. When it comes to replacing my kitchen cabinets that I BUILT they would only pay for materials for me to do it myself but they would pay a cabinet shop full price. Good luck. Edit: Get a quote from a cabinet shop to build your cabinets! Or electronics tech to build your project. Insurance should accept that plus the parts I would think.
  11. Maybe pictures will help... these are pretty cool looking networks!
  12. Maybe he is trapped under one and can't reach the keyboard?
  13. Well, the NBS is the Cat's meow... the cat's whiskers... the tiger's spots... the bee's knees... and that ain't no applesauce cause I knows my onions.
  14. I can just hear my wife saying the same thing about speakers.
  15. Wasn't that rare for 1955? Did they normally sell singles back then?
  16. A pair? Do they match in appearance?
  17. Whereas bracing the bins can be a huge improvement. How much improvement could depend on condition of the cabinets (loose joints).
  18. I like the RCA cleartops... decent tubes
  19. Yes, it is about getting your room right... speakers and seat in the right place. When you have a room that is not just for audio... other family members use it for other purposes, it can be very difficult to make some of the changes you might need. You can get closer though. While following the advice of the book I'd turn off any EQ. You can redo the EQ settings when you are done. Hopefully, you won't need much.
  20. I have both... he is a not a great novelist but both are full of good information. It is more a series of tips and advice. I think I'd prefer the book because it is easier to refer back.
  21. Some warehouse pictures... That's Michael Fremer way at the back of one of them. ALSO: Records that look good too, Blue Heaven Studio, and Marquise Knox
  22. This seems really strange to me but I know they DO sell used as well as new. That's how it started... selling used records. I've been there and seen their warehouse in Salina, KS as well as the record manufacturer across the street, Analogue Productions (https://www.discogs.com/label/57179-Analogue-Productions) both started by Chad Kassem. They are a small shop but I cannot imagine that you have anything to worry about them making it right. Chad has been putting on the Blues Masters and the Crossroads for over 20 years in Salina. I finally got to go last Fall and it was a blast! 2 nights of great blues at the Blue Heavens studio that was formally an old church (great acoustics to say the least). We also took a tour of the manufacturing plant which was really cool to see! They have been contracted to repress a lot of old stuff as well as the new stuff they are cranking out at the studio. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_Sounds,_Inc. I'd say to give them time to make it right and let us know here.
  23. http://getbettersound.com/index.php I recommend Jim Smith's book or DVD's often because he helped me a lot. It is geared to 2 channels but getting the room right is important no matter how many channels. Your speaker and seat placement might be limited to a small number of options but I'll bet you can improve. Your first reflection for the left channel is rough! Work on your room as much as you can. Not all improvements have to be expensive!
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