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  1. So Ive been working on a project for a hair over a year... Its kinda my moonshot. Its a Cit V Mono. It was an effort to make the Cit monos repeatable. My Cit IIs are incredible but the metal work is far too time consuming... to make it work the metal work had to be CNCd. The hardest part of the project was the metal work. We worked on paper first, then an Al chassis... which we have spare and then linked up with a sheet metal fab shop. 12Gage SS is a total pain to work with but the end results are incredible. 12gage, with 2 12gage mid braces, all seems are welded and ground flush... surfaces are jitterbugged. All labels are laser etched. The Chassis with its bottom plate and 2 mid braces was ~ 30lbs before any parts were installed. Rather than rehabbing a Cit V, I wanted to build anew... new connectors, new turret boards and enough room to make serving for the next 50 years a breeze. We like went a bit over spec on the transformers... 200% or so on the power... 8A on the filaments... think I can lightup anything and tube Rect. Our measured performance was 4hz to 110khz -3db @ 1watt and 10hz to 100khz -3db @ 10watts. 32watts RMS... Not the power monster my Cit II is with KT120s but digs sooo deep with a flat fr. Here are some of the pics...
  2. If you’re still in the mood for upgrades. A doghouse brace with further the articulation, all around wonderful upgrade. You can get the braces which need to be hand gotten from Greg at Volti or Dave Harris. the other upgrade would be a fastrac kassala horn from ALK/Dave Harris. Will fit existing opening if I recall? Increase size of sound stage. Less congested mid range. lovely room and speakers.
  3. I adore the 2m bronze. you also might really enjoy the dl110
  4. TD124 SME 308 is a dream combo. Congrats on the table. Have you chosen arm yet ?
  5. I should have mine ready for finishing next week. Looks amazing.
  6. Dave H did something super cool. He took a lth142 and was able to have a machine shop bore out the throat to take a 2”. I think it was modifying the mounting ring. I think he then paired a DE85 and was very very pleased with the results. ALK designed the CSW450 for me. It’s like a AP12 450 and the cornscalawal up top. I’ll shot a pic of it this afternoon. The HF140 was the best 1.4” I could think of. 2” are so much easier to find drivers for. The STH100 is super impressive. I’ve had good luck with the de10. I had wanted the parts express de250 clone with polymide but they have DC’d it and only have the titanium. The DE10 crossed at 5600 on up should work nicely.
  7. Bob. I bet when you release it... it will be come your most popular choice. HF140/DE10 has served me well before.
  8. Perhaps a simplification but hoping for same level of performance. The Avenger has been my dream table for sure. But simple sometimes wins the day.
  9. I’m currently working on a 3way. But I did a fat DIY heresy with the lth142 horn/hf140 With the 12LFA. It’s remarkable. mid I were doing the heresy a 2nd time. I’d use the sth100/de250 any day of the week. PE DE25O clone is a fantastic drive for 1/3 the cost.
  10. Yes but not playing music. Just with a volt meter. Next step is to mount crossover in cab. Nut/bolt. Then solder the black leads Into place. The. Finish and add feet.
  11. We have progress. Question for the crowd... Would you Dynamat the Mid horn. If you dynamat, I assume you get more coherence but maybe lose some efficiency?
  12. Here are my build pics. Re amp board to crossovers. I desoldered the connectors off the crossover and soldered 2 of the black wires +/_ directly to the crossover PCB inlace of the red/black. Ive read you can add a 2nd battery, PE wasn't clear on how this is done and Ive read that you can kill the board hooking it up incorrectly.
  13. Buy. It’s a color not how it sounds 😉
  14. If I may suggest... The Elekit TU8500. Its a purist design, if you buy on ebay, the distributor of ELEkit can build the kit for you. Tube line stage... super quite, SS/Opp amp based phono... works flawlessly. BTW its inexpensive.
  15. I’m way from it till Monday night. I’ll shot a pic. It would be fun to post on parr’s express message board and see about battery expansion.
  16. The amp/controller board was a total pain. If they combined all the documentation in one place it would be amazing. I like a dumass built the cab before installing the crossover. As a result. I’ll drill hole for the crossover and use nut/bolt combo. Things I’d like to improve.... documentation. If it was better it would become their best seller. 2, it should be easier to add a 2nd batter back. There is some confusion on the site about how to make it happen... extending usable time with more batteries... esp as there appears to have room would be great. Lastly. There is a 50watt version of the amp. Might be fun to swap in. If someone takes their time (1hr to read everything and line it up) it’s pretty straightforward. Parts express could help with better/more videos of this. Your pics are super helpful. I just built the boards out and your pics helped me realize I forgot to install crossovers first.
  17. On a side note. I have a friend that is selling a fully restored Cit II with all same Mashable style upgrades. If anyone is interested, just pm me and I’ll put you in touch.
  18. More relaxed too end. Only one crossover point. Easier to make sound as one unified source. Bobs designs are very very well thought out. The 1.5 is similar in size and it’s ported design to the Klipsch tangent Speakers which were well regarded. The 2 way design of it gets rid of the k700 and k77 for a modern tratrix horn. The down size of that specific horn is that it needs to be crossed higher that the k700 or than the larger horn her uses in the cornscala d. My smaller cornscalas are 20x30x18 and are very similar in thinking to his cornscala d. i recently did a diy 2way heresy. Sealed cab heresy with cornscala type d top end. It’s as wonderful speaker but costs about what the cornscala did. Smaller size, same price, similar performance... not as deep or large as the type d.
  19. Give. The size of the living room. You might consider bob frites CS-1.5T. It’s uses a 12” woofer like the Heresy. It’s ported... digging lower than a heresy and closer to a cornscala. The mid horn is fantastic with lots of driver choices. My own diy heresy design is similar but I used a larger mid horn. Lots of choices... size of speaker really determines what’s the best choice.
  20. We broke down the schematic. Did some upgrades too. It uses a CCS as well. It runs kt88 and kt120s. The stock Cit IIs were hot for kt88s even back then. The kt120s just hum right along. We had done a version where we used the stock output transformer and really liked but I prefer new when investing at this level a build. This version was made with all transcendar transformers. To my thinking. The HKs use simple transformers but have complicated circuits. Whereas McIntosh used relatively simple circuits but had complex output transformer windings. The HKs can be made from scratch and meet or exceed the performance of the originals. Im in the process of building an over the top Cit V as we speak.i hope it will be done in time for capital audio.
  21. Ive built more than I can recall... Its the fun part. Currently I have a 2way 15" woofer and larger Eliptical Faital Horn... Faital HF driver and ALK style crossover. The cab is 20" wide, 30"tall and 18" deep. Cab is braced to the hilt. 2way cornscalas are generally my favorites. 2ndly, I have a 2way Heresy... 12" woofer, again larger format Faital horn... special ALK crossover AP12-800 for the Eminence 12LFA... works just like his AP12 for the K33 but retuned for the smaller woofer. This is an amazing speaker... 1/2 the size of my larger Cornscala with the same HF. Im in process of building a 3way Cornscala. I was trying out another companies amps and paired them with my DIY Heresy... The sound was good but not compelling. I blamed the smaller speaker and decided Id build the 3way again since I know its a proven performer... With some friends over I switched back my amps and fell back in love with my smaller speaker... So now Ill have an extra pair yet again. Ive set my room up to hand the large 3way which is 24W x 36T x 16D. This is a Faital epical tractrix tweeter, Faital epical tractrix mid range and 15" woofer. Though I prefer a 2way, many want too hear a 3way, esp when demoing gear. Also in the hopper is a cab for a set of Audio Nirvana 15" I got from Joe. Dave ran the bass box pro calculations and will likely do the initial build. It will be used interchangeable with the DIY Heresys. Re tubes... I have a whole host to choice from... much more from a 50s musical voicing instead of more modern voicings. Here are some pics of what Im currently running or built ran in the last 12mo.
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