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    extracting the best possible sound from single ended tube amps using modestly priced designs and tubes.
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    Now specializing in extreme near-field desk top systems using flea power SEPs and SETs. This mode of listening must be experienced as it can be totally enveloping.

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  1. A new mutation is showing up in NYC: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/health/coronavirus-variant-nyc.html Maynard
  2. What is also nice about these kits is that the manuals explain electronic theory as the amps are being assembled, and his blog has lots of short lessons explaining tube amp theory. I’m not easily impressed, but this guy seems to be on target. Maynard
  3. I came across this by chance. His kits appear to be of excellent quality, and his assembly manuals are very comprehensive and reminiscent of those put out in the glory days by the major companies. These amps would seem to be a good match for Klipsch speakers. https://www.analogethos.com/ Maynard
  4. The best match is what you find most pleasing! You are the only person who can answer that question. Maynard
  5. The Rectilinear III in both the high and low versions was my most popular speaker. I can’t count how many I sold back in that time period. The plant manager lived in my neighborhood and gave me really good pricing. That aside, they were truly wonderful sounding speakers (although a very different sonic presentation from horn types). I sold mine about 30 years ago and have regretted doing so ever since. Maynard
  6. A way to protect ourselves from the virus was developed by Hugo Gernsback almost a hundred years ago! I’m going to build one and take a stroll through my local Walmart with it on. This seems far more effective than any face mask! https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Electrical-Experimenter/SI-1925-07.pdf Maynard (apologies Travis, but I believe levity boosts the immune system! Delete the post if you disagree).
  7. What is a spoiler? I have no idea why it is above the post I just made. Maynard
  8. Although tubes and some transistors share similar characteristics, there are sufficient differences to justify why this discussion should stay in the realm of tubes. The SS stuff should be in the section of those “other guys.” 😀😀 Maynard
  9. You need to attach the load to the motor shaft, power it with the voltage you want to use, and measure the current draw with your multimeter. That will allow you to determine the mAh rating the batteries will need for the length of time the motor needs to run continuously. More details about what you are doing would be helpful. Maynard
  10. I think a better question would be if there is tube equipment which approaches SS reliability. The answer is a definite “yes.” It is possible for output tubes to last 15k or more hours, and small signal tubes well beyond that. Even Carver guaranteed the tubes in some of his amps for 5 years. Maynard
  11. Vaccine distribution in NJ. The cartoon reminds me of the amps built by a certain unnamed individual! Based on the experiences of everyone I know the article is 100% accurate. https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/01/new-jerseys-vaccine-rollout-for-seniors-a-massive-failure-opinion.html Maynard
  12. Virus mutations are resisting the vaccines. https://www.yahoo.com/news/clinical-trials-raise-fears-coronavirus-040855671.html Maynard
  13. CDC says vaccine is safe for pregnant women without any proof that is correct. The WHO urges caution. Would you want to risk having your child born with birth defects based on a guess and no science? It must be nice to be able to hide behind a total liability shield. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/pregnant-women-covid-vaccine-233742177.html Maynard
  14. If you don’t know any qualified technicians, try to find local antique radio clubs. They usually have members who are audiophiles with an extensive background in tube electronics. Maynard
  15. Where are you located? Maynard
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