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  1. For those in the Tucson/Oro Valley AZ areas, I will be donating these speakers to that place.....Golden Duck, Silver Goose, Bronze Finch...whatever it's called (Golden Goose, maybe!) on Oracle up near SaddleBrooke. Once there, they will no longer be available for free, but the price tag will be very low nevertheless.
  2. Hey again, Joessportster, If you would be willing to pay for materials to pack safely and ship, I will send them to you. I'd need a little time to do this -- heavy stuff is awkward for me after 7 back surgeries, but I'm still strong with lots of will power! erik
  3. You are always one of the kind folk here -- thanks for some kind words and positive response. If you were nearby, I'd just give them to you....seriously. We desperately need some extra space -- and we have a new child on the way. Already named him 'Henry,' actually! Kind of a neat name for another Labrador retriever pup! Now that I've said, If some decent guy or gal in Tucson or Oro Valley would like them. They are yours -- for free. Super Tweeters stay.....they were mainly used to help generate a bit more interest. Something has to go -- and I never have regrets giving away to the right home. PLEASE will somebody nearby adopt them? They're really a very beautiful sounding (and not bad looking!) pair of loudspeakers. The AN drivers are outstandingly well made; nice cast (rather than stamped) baskets, etc., etc., etc. Audio, amplifier building, and istening to music are great joys to me. I'll give them away to someone who'll take care of them. It's happened before where I did something like this, and the person just turned around and sold them at a very significant profit. I really wish that wouldn't happen with these. Finders keepers, first come first serve, and so on. They're a heck of a lot of fun!
  4. Without Super Tweeters - just imagine them without the silver and wooden dowel ‘thingies’ on top. I’m able to accomplish it even with my little twit brain!
  5. I agree with you Tony -- 'specially here. Just trying to find the time to do that -- later this morning, hopefully. Is your objective to teach a lesson on selling audio equipment, or do you have some interest in them?
  6. Bump I need the cash. $250 for a complete set of speakers of this quality is...just plain dumb (ON MY PART!) Please don't ask me to sell you the tweeters separately for $50 each. They are also not included in the above, but I will include them for $350 total. I have also used the same Fostex on top of our La Scalas for a little extra air and space. They are easily efficient enough to complement the big Heritage speakers.
  7. Now retired from teaching, I am in the position where a little extra $$$ would be helpful. I am thus going to sell some of the audio all-sorts and tidbits I've acquired over the years. I have a pair of Audio Nirvana 'Classic' (ferrite-magnet) drivers, for all intents and purposes still new and not yet fully broken-in, housed in a (very near mint) pair of factory-built and finished Audio Nirvana 2.8 bass reflex cabinets. I am not intending to provide long-winded description of full-range driver technology and application, and this listing is intended primarily for those to whom this kind of transducer is already familiar. They are Lowther-like (for those of you who speak Lowther) in speed and transparency, but with arguably better low-end response by way of a single large port in the front. I was going to list them locally on CL, but have just had too many really unpleasant audio transactions that route. I will NOT consider shipping them. For an extra $50, I WILL deliver to a preferred public location (such as near one of those ludicrously expensive coffee places; Whole Foods or Home Depot parking lot, etc.) during daylight hours (ONLY), and a 1 hour's drive North, South, East, or West of Tucson. Local delivery (Tucson, Oro Valley) is of course free. Brand new in box Audio Nirvana 12" Classic cone (does not need or use a whizzer) ferrite motor drivers sell for just a bit under $500. The primary difference between the AN drivers with whizzers and those without (called the 'Classic' series) is that the whizzer will provide generally better off-axis HF response/transient speed. The Classic drivers have equally good HF reproduction, but slightly narrower propagation. The 2.8 cabinet is roughly 36" (tall) X 14" (wide) X 12" (deep). They are extremely well-built (easily 9.5 out of 10 cosmetics) and stained a sort of reddish oak or walnut (I know, lousy description). Yes, I know pictures help (gosh, really!?). I know for a fact that some of you are already familiar with both the drivers and the cabinets that enclose them. The sides and tops do not intersect at 90 degrees, but are rather formed by approx. 3/4" quarter-round hardwood moulding, stained the same color as the cabinet. Grille frames are VERY well-made, and are covered with black, acoustically transparent cloth. They are attached to the front baffle via enormous rusty machine screws and old nails. (...that's a joke, son). I also used the speakers very, very satisfactorily with the highly efficient Fostex T90a top-of-cabinet-mounted super tweeter that (MUST) use a small film cap in series with it. If you want the super tweeters just for looks (and I personally think they look kind of cool), leave the filter out, and play your favorite bass food really loudly. That will quiet them instantly (joke Part II). Last I checked (about two minutes ago) Madison lists the T90a for $215 (each) Cabinets and AN 12" drivers only: $400 The above plus the pair of Fostex tweeters: $500 (I'm sure I also have a couple of new film caps of suitable value, and those will be free). If your interested in arguing about something as stupid and mundane (in my not very humble opinion) as brands and types of capacitors, I beg, on hands and knees, to be left out of it. All of the above plus delivery within an hour's drive: $550 CASH (I will also accept the equivalent of your choice of the above in the form of ancient Roman sesterces. And so, as I look at the above, I wasn't, as usual, able to avoid long-winded description. Figures. If you check some of the ancient posts I left here (14,000 plus before I changed my last name to 2A3), search my old avatar that started back in 2002, I think it was: Erik Mandaville. He and I are one and the same.
  8. Happy to have a look Glen. Your Laurel's were built more neatly than many other Welborne kits I've seen or worked on. It will be a very simple problem to remedy. It may also be surprising to learn that the power supply electrolytics, as well as those in the 300B filament supply, may be perfectly fine. Truly. If you have hum, we'll see whether it's 120cps or 60, and that can help diagnose the problem. There is NOTHING that can't be repaired on these things, Glen. Moreover, they are actually very simple, and in my opinion, extremely good sounding amps. I've built my own 300B amplifiers using a different schematic/design, and, after fixing another pair of Laurel IIs, have decided to rebuild my own using the Laurel II schematic. Ron Welborne also worked with another designer by the name of Pete Millett, who is an extremely talented designer. And of course Jack Eliano from Electra-Print. Eliano was the one behind the Direct Reactance Drive triode amps. Anyway. I sent you a PM erik
  9. erik2A3


    Someone please buy this so I DON'T!!
  10. BTW Bruce: The extra octal socket in the Moondog top-plate is not 'overkill' per se.' W. Labs made use of the same chassis plate that was used for the Laurel 300B, which required it for the additional octal valve used in that design over the Moondog. So, maybe we can substitute 'overkill' with....I dunno....frugal, perhaps? I know I mentioned this many moons ago, but hey....so what.
  11. I know I needn't apologize, and I'm really not....but sorry, John. I will say what you did is cleanly soldered, with nicely dressed leads. In my view and experience, the P-to-P folks have it quite easily. As if this were a race or a competition; which sure, in good fun why not...
  12. There are historically renowned artists, architects, designers, and engineers whose works focus strongly on exactly of what you speak!!! I have taught art and art history for 30 years (now retired), and the fascinating relationship between form and function was always a very important topic of discussion. An amplifier, regardless of how well-dressed-up, machined and polished its chassis may be, is worthless without the circuit inside. The 6C33C is one tank of a triode. Very interested in your OTL.
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