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    Rapid City, SD
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    Music, vinyl, reading, movies, etc
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    Klipsch Belles 1978, Marantz 2275 (restored by Paul Hovenga), Hsu research VTF-15h sub

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  1. So, I had a 12ax7 mullard long plate halo getter from 1968 or 69 in the 12ax7 phono spot of my nbs. Very magical, but too much of a good thing....I found it overly fatiguing with long listening hours...I ended up getting some military brimars in the 12at7 and 12ax7 spots....a very laid back, but detailed sound, without a ton of bass, but with a good punch...I definitely dig it, and it opened up the 12ax7 and 12au7 options on my stereo vrd. I just wanted to share that. Bottom line, all of these tubes are circuit dependent....a warm tube might not sound so warm, depending on where it's at in the chain ...just wanted to share what other's probably already know. It took me forever to figure that out. Im enjoying my records again.
  2. just wondering, I'm looking at getting another quad set of kt88. I currently have the stock Ruby Str tube set, which I have no issues with for the most part, although they can seem slightly fatiguing at time's. They are the only tube set I have had in place with my stereo vrd. Just wondering if something better or affordable is available? The ruby strv from Doug's tubes is no longer available, and I have read great things about them, along with the Penta Lab Kt88SC, which are the same thing apparently.. The tubestore's preferred series kt88 is the same as well, but at almost $300 for a quad. I mostly listen to rock or heavier stuff. Would the tubestores preferred kt88 be the way to go, or has anyone tried out the later jj kt88, or the higher quality Psvane kt88? Just wondering, what other kt88 tubes other's have tried and liked with their vrds? Thanks, Chad
  3. Just wondering, I have my newer Vrd stereo amp set at ultralinear 100% of the time. I was wondering, once my vrd amp is warmed up, if I could switch to triode mode on the fly? Or do I need to have it set at triode before I fire the Vrd amp up? Thanks, Chad
  4. $85 shipped I used these in my modified klipsch belle speakers. I had these side mounted, using b&c de10 drivers. They sounded excellent. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks, Chad
  5. Hey muel, Yeah, I've been interested in the brimar or even a mullard cv4004. The cost is getting too high for me, but I have found mullards to be my go to. I'm hesitant to try other nos tubes in case I don't like them, but it's really tempting. I'm interested in some early amperex foil d getters. Any other 12at7 to try in the v1 position? I still have a sovtek 6h30- what differences did you notice using the reflektor?
  6. Yeah, just the phono section, and it uses the 6h30.
  7. So I currently have an NBS Preamp and a (stereo Vrd- with stock tubes) paired with my modified Klipsch Belle.... To all NBS preamp owners with a phono section, what tubes are your favorite? I currently use 2 mullard cv4024 from 1983 in the 12at7 spots. I also use a mullard longplate f92 in the 12ax7 spot. I really like the longplate, as it seems to breathe life into my records. Excellent low end, with a lovely detailed midrange, but a high end that I find fatiguing after a while. I really dig the energy it brings when it comes to hard rock though. It has started making whistling noises, and I need to replace it. They are pretty expensive, which is turning me off from getting another one So again, what are you guys using? Is there an affordable combo that you guys like? I like vintage tubes in the phono section. Feel free to share whatever you use. Thanks! Chad
  8. Jason str, thanks for the recommendations and links to the amp and woofer. Ill have to see where I'm at with my funds when the time comes. Once I get going with this, I'll definitely be in touch with you. Khornukopia, I will have a talk with my father in law about shelves down there. Most importantly, I'll have a talk with my wife about it. Getting that entertainment center out of there would be really nice. It takes up a lot of real estate. With that out of the way, it would be easier to get to the audio gear on the walls, keep equipment out of the kids' reach, and let the speakers breathe. I have a lot of equipment, so the shelves would need to be longer for sure. MechEngVic, I will try pulling the speakers out and toeing them in more. Do you know how far the sweet spot would be from the speakers, toed in like that? I would have to measure, but my main listening spot is probably between 11'-13' from my speakers. Baby netting would be sweet, if it's easy to fold up and get out of the way. I've thought of a baby gate like the pic, but I don't know if it would be tall enough. Maybe I should put a volleyball net across the room lol. Really, its not a bad idea Thanks guys, I really appreciate all of your suggestions!
  9. Awesome, thanks guys, I will start looking into purchasing the plans for a low profile THTLP. Schu, I purchased the NBS from breakdown7 (David) I love it! Khornukopia, I thought about putting some of my gear on the wall, so I could purchase a smaller entertainment center for my stuff. The speakers stick out a bit too far, so it would make my equipment hard to lean over and reach on the wall. I also dont think my wife would approve...I have my current entertainment center because it is big enough to hold my stuff, and the doors protect some of my stuff from the kids. Jason str, once I purchase the plans, how much, on average, would it cost me to build this subwoofer? Would it be front firing, standing up, with the opening located at floor level or at the top of the sub? Avguytx, I'm extremely paranoid about my kids being near my equipment lol. I have a 3 year old boy, and an 8 month old girl. After many arguments with the wife, she won, and they have a play area downstairs in my space. I am looking into childproofing my equipment. I don't play my tube gear when the kids are around. I switch to my Marantz 2275 that's behind a glass door. I just need my turntables and tube gear, on top of my entertainment center, protected when I'm not using them. Any ideas? I see you can purchase dust covers made out of kevlar like cloth, but that probably wouldnt protect the tubes of my amp or the wood, if they throw a heavy toy. I see you can order some acrylic boxes, to size, from a few places, but they are pretty spendy. They would look really sharp and it would probably be a lot cheaper to make them myself, but I don't know how to work with acrylic. I also thought about building some sort of boxes out of wood, stained, and padded on the inside, to put over each component, but that could look bad, if it's not done right. I know my speakers will probably take some hits, but I'll just have to deal with that unfortunately. My equipment remains unscathed for now, but I need to get everything protected really really soon, or it's going to be a real heartbreaker...
  10. I guess I'm just wondering, what would be the best tuba subwoofer for my space? What would be the best way to go about raising my speakers up? And What sort of room treatments should I consider, and where do I really need them in my space?
  11. Long Post!! Hi guys, just curious about your opinions and advice on my setup. Any help is greatly appreciated, as I have very limited knowledge with room acoustics, subwoofers, bass traps, speaker placement, and basically everything else with audio. I'm just trying to get the most out of my setup, with the room given. I have to have my speakers along the far back wall, and I know it's crowded up there. I have 2 young kids as well that need a playing area, so this leaves the most amount of space for everybody, and gets the wife's approval. Right now I have a Hsu research vtf 15h subwoofer up front, which actually doesn't sound too bad with the Belles, but I will most likely be selling it. I would like to build a horn loaded subwoofer, that will integrate better with my speakers than the Hsu. My system is for music- I don't really use it for movies . I'm limited where I can put the subwoofer, so I'm wondering if I could place a smaller tuba ht that's standing up in the corner, or maybe a long table tuba, firing toward the ceiling. I probably have around 19" of space width wise, once I move the hsu sub out of there. My father in law would be helping me with the build, and he has good wood working skills. I'm also wanting to raise my speakers up to get the tweeters and midrange at ear level. I know I'd be losing bass doing this- that's why I want a tuba sub . I'm just wondering what the best option would be. Putting the speakers on top of cinder blocks to elevate them? I'm accumulating a lot of records these days- what if I built some risers under each speaker, that's capable of holding records? The records would weigh down the riser and fill up empty space, making a nice foundation for each speaker Would building tapped horn subwoofers, and placing the speakers on top be an option?
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