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  1. I have been running a Jolida JD300B with my 1979 Klipschorns for over two years and I think you'll be impressed with the sound quality once you receive yours. I do have one suggestion: use the 4 ohm speaker outputs on the amp instead of the 8 ohm outputs. I originally started with the 8 ohms and although it sounded pretty good the bass never quite impressed me. I switched to the 4 ohm outputs and everything fell into place - the same "magic" midrange was there but the bass tightened up and became more delineated. Klipschorns tend to have large impedance swings so the 4 ohm outputs work well for me but you may want to try both so you know the difference. The JD300B also responds very well to driver tube upgrades so once you've had the amp for a while you should try a few different ones. The stock Chinese Jolida tubes are OK but overly warm at the expense of detail - there's lots of tubes out there that are far better. I am currently running some NOS Tungsram tubes that significantly increased the clarity for me but what works for you will probably be different due to room size, source components, etc. As far as power goes, unless you really want to stand on it the 9 WPC is more than enough for most music up to reasonably loud listening levels. I do have a CJ Premier 14 preamp and Pass Labs Aleph 5 amp I'll hook to the Klipschorns on occasion for a little variety and more power (obnoxious ear-bleeding Metallica, Pantera, etc. sessions) but the JD300B runs the Klipschorns 90% of the time I listen to them. Good luck, you have some good sound coming to you soon. [8]
  2. Just ordered a couple - thanks for making them available!
  3. Groove Tube GT-12AX7-M http://www.groovetubes.com/product.cfm?Product_ID=2100 I've got a pair of these in my Jolida CD JD100 player and they sound great, a huge improvement over the stock Chinese tubes. Very nice tonal quality similar to the Mullards they were designed from.
  4. A couple had been debating buying a vehicle for weeks. He wanted a truck. She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range. "Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in just a few seconds. Nothing else will do. My birthday is coming up so surprise me!" He did just that. For her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale. Nobody has seen or heard from him since.
  5. My vote goes to "Ring My Bell", the projectile-vomit-inducing POS from the 70's disco (sucks) era. Every time I heard that song it was akin to bamboo shoots under the fingernails or earwigs chewing slowly through the brain ........... there's something about that song that sucks the intellect out of the cranium faster than "you stole my loser white-trash boyfriend" week on The Jerry Springer Show. [+o(] I would sooner frig a three-toed sloth than be exposed to that aural torture ever again. Also, listening to Paul Anka's "You're Having My Baby is synonymous with ingesting syrup of ipecac, only faster acting.
  6. A father watched his daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and innocent his little girl was. Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to her and noticed she was looking at two spiders mating. "Daddy, what are those spiders doing?" she asked. "They're mating," her father replied. "What do you call the spider on top, Daddy?" she asked. "That's a Daddy Long Legs", her father answered. "So, the other one is Mommy Long Legs?", the little girl asked. "No," her father replied. "Both of them are Daddy Long Legs". The little girl thought for a moment, then took her foot and stomped them flat and said: "Well, it might be OK in California or Massachusetts, but we're not having any of that crap here in Texas."
  7. I've got two turntables currently up and in regular use: Main system Linn LP12 w/ Cirkus chassis Linn Lingo power supply Linn Ittok LVII tonearm Linn Klyde MC cartridge Mark Levinson No. 25S phono pre Secondary system VPI Black Knight VPI JMW-9 tonearm Benz Micro Wood L2 cartridge Jolida JD-9 phono pre w/ Level 1 mod by Parts Connexion I listen to a wide variety of music but have been listening to Porcupine Tree quite a bit lately (progressive rock). Excellent stuff on CD but a whole different level on vinyl.
  8. Any company that advertises in Parade magazine has got to be good! Just keep repeating: "I'm Joe six-pack and Bose is best .... " (cuz their lawyers say so) [:$]
  9. A traveler is shipwrecked and swims to a seemingly tranquil, tropical island. Soon after recovering he notices an incessant drumming resounding from the other side of the island. And it doesn't ever stop or slow down. Finding a native later that day, our traveler politely asks, "When do the drums stop?" The native countenance immediately reflects a very fearful response, and insists, "Drums not stop!!" and runs away. This goes on for another full day. Our hero finds another native and asks the same question. "Drums NOT stop!!" is his only answer. After three days of constant drumming, he finds an old native and in exasperation asks, "What happens if the drums stop???" The old native shakes his head sadly and replies: "bass solo." Two bass players walked by a bar ...... It could happen. Did you hear about the bassist who was so out of tune his section noticed? What do you call a cello player without a wife or girlfriend? Homeless. What do you say to a guitar player in a three piece suit? "Would the defendant please rise?" How do you get a musician off of your doorstep? Pay for the pizza. What's the difference between a violin and a viola? There is no difference. The violin just looks smaller because the violinist's head is so much bigger. How do you tell the difference between a violinist and a dog? The dog knows when to stop scratching. What's the difference between a cello and a violin? The cello burns longer. Why are orchestra intermissions limited to 20 minutes? So you don't have to re-train the cellists. String quartet: a good violinist, a bad violinist, an ex-violinist, and someone who hates violinists, all getting together to complain about composers. What do you call a beautiful woman on a drummer's arm? A tattoo.
  10. Basic back room rig: 1979 KC-BR's, Jolida JD300B SET integrated amp, Linn Ikemi CD player, Linn IC's and speaker wire. I really need to get some longer tubes for the rack so the amp can move down and I can put my turntable on the top shelf. My main system is comprised of Levinson/Revel gear which is a total different approach but what I enjoy from both systems is the dynamic response. The Revel Ultima line is as close as I've heard a speaker getting near Khorn dynamics, it just takes ridiculous amounts of amp current to get them to do it.
  11. ♦ I met Robert Plant a few years back on Tangier Island in Virginia. He was visiting because of Tangier's English heritage since he was about to play a concert in Virginia Beach ( I also saw the concert, which was a Page/Plant tour). He was very gracious, witty and posed with me for a picture. One funny thing he said was a lightning-fast comeback to a Tangier Island resident's comment about his English accent: Local guy: It's interesting that you speak like we do. Plant: No, you speak like we do. ♦ Also met Margo Timmins last year after one of the Cowboy Junkies concerts, she was extremely personable and autographed a CD booklet for me. ♦ My step-sister was on the Dallas cowboys cheerleader squad for four or five years (late 90's, early 2000's). She even made it into the squad's bathing suit calendar one year. I've got a bunch of memorabilia with autographs of the entire cheerleading squad from the years she was there. Being a DC cheerleader isn't easy - even the veterans have to try out every year just like the rookie do.
  12. Slim Whitman, Boxcar Willie, or almost any "as-seen-on-TV" music. Yodeling at 105 Db generally gets the stampede rolling. I've got to agree with the Yoko Ono assessment: you can't even get a masochist to listen to that stuff
  13. You're so lazy, that if you woke up with nothing to do today, you'd go to bed with it only half done. I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception. Sharp as a sack full of wet mice. If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised. The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. I must apologize for the lack of bloodshed in tonight's program. We shall try to do better next time. Go back to reform school, you little nose-picker. I married your mother because I wanted children. You can imagine my disappointment when you arrived. He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot. Women should be obscene and not heard. When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty'. Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them. There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress. I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it. Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of Congress... But I repeat myself. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. You're a parasite for sore eyes. You're a good example of why some animals eat their young. I could never learn to like her, except on a raft at sea with no other provisions in sight.
  14. A friend of mine has two pairs of the big Revels: Studio's and Salon's along with Levinson gear driving them. The Salon's are definitely nice speakers with the appropriate front end, but they are rather large and tend to look like the robot maid from The Jetsons. They are a very neutral sounding speaker and can reproduce a tom or kick drum whack better than anything else I have heard. Somewhat on the pricy side but a very good sounding speaker if you can deal with the styling. If I didn't already have Khorns and a Linn HT system I would strongly consider the Salons. I've seen the speakers gutted - Revel uses top-notch drivers, crossovers, and cabinets. I do happen to own a pair of Revel's but they're the smaller ones: M20 speakers and stands paired up with Nakamichi separates in my computer room. I used to have floorstanders in there but couldn't tame the boomy bass, the M20's do much better in this size room. Like their bigger brethren, they don't seem to have a sound of their own and come across as neutral with great mids and upper bass response. You would need a sub for the last degree of bass but they respond within 1 dB at 46 Hz, -3 dB @ 44 Hz, -6 dB @ 38 Hz, and -10 dB @ 33 Hz which does well for most music. They aren't very efficient (87 dB) so they like lots of power to sound best - the Nak PA-7 amp drives them with no problem.
  15. One of the guys on AudioKarma spotted this auction and posted it on their site. I about fell out of my chair while reading it and thought y'all would like it too. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3719029514&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1
  16. If you do anything in MS Word or Wordpad that involves much formatting, such as italics, bold, bullets, etc. it must be saved as a .rtf or .doc file. A .txt file is very basic and doesn't allow much formatting other than a font change. When creating a document that has to have a .txt extension it's usually easier to create it in Notepad, which won't let you do any fancy formatting that a .txt extension file can't handle. Hope this helps!
  17. ---------------- On 4/2/2004 9:22:16 PM ygmn wrote: Amish rock and roll...hehehehehe ---------------- Even worse: Amish Rap ................ it leads to Amish drive-by shootings
  18. Either system has it's strengths depending on what you're listening to: System 1: Preamp: McIntosh C2200 Amp: Pass Labs Aleph 30 TT: VPI Scout, SME IV tonearm, Shelter 501 cartridge Phono stage: Aragon 47K CD: Rega Jupiter 2000 Speakers: 1979 Klipschorn KC-BR (stock) IC's: Madrigal CZ-Gel balanced from pre to amp, StraightWire Encore II from CD to pre, Linn Silver from phono stage to pre Speaker cables: Canare 4S11 System 2: Preamp: Linn Klimax Kontrol (I think Linn missed the connotation on that name!) Amps: Linn AV5105 (x3) in Aktiv mode TT: Linn LP12, Lingo PS, Ittok LVII tonearm, Klyde cartridge CD/SACD/DVD/DVD-A: Esoteric DV-50 CD: Nakamichi Dragon CD & DAC Cassette: Nakamichi Dragon Speakers: Linn Espek in tri-amped Aktiv mode IC's: Madrigal CZ-Gel balanced from DV-50 to pre, Linn Silver (all others) Speaker cables: Linn K20
  19. ---------------- On 3/21/2004 11:33:38 AM TBrennan wrote: Nat---Thanks for the insight into your character. I now know how much credence to give anything you have to say. Once again, thank you. ---------------- I find it interesting that everyone has ignored this remark, since it's highly insulting and elitist. Someone states that they might happen to like Rush Limbaugh and automatically it's inferred that their opinion is not worth hearing. Gee, I wonder how the flames get started with such an outpouring of understanding and good will. Nice way to encourage newbies to participate.
  20. Yep ...... this country is heading in the right direction: Rosie getting illegally married in reaction to President Bush's statement - just as much thinking put into that one as her anti-gun proclamations and magazine venture. What a beautiful human being and outstanding citizen - we should all strive to be more like her and her ad agency. Those who most loudly proclaim tolerance are usually the ones who are the least tolerant of opinions other than their own. An onslaught of "offended" citizens who think that any religious reference should be removed from anything that ever had public funds remotely invested. So what if a historical item has been there for hundreds of years - let's misinterpret the meaning of "separation of church & state" and knock those semi-religious references down. Especially if they're Christian. Boo-hoo, I'm so offended by the "In God We Trust" phrase on U.S. currency that I must sue someone soon. Anyone have Johnny Cochran's number? One particular political party caterwauling about a certain year elections vote counting process while failing to mention how hard that same party tried to screw military folks out of the absentee votes. Get over it, Chad. Illegal aliens are insulted by being called illegal aliens and even more put off by suggestions that they adhere to the same immigrations standards that naturalized citizens followed. Go figure. Caligula would be right at home in today's social atmosphere: perhaps doing programming for MTV? Speaking of which, a review of ancient Roman history wouldn't hurt the myopic as it's starting to look less like history and more like a portent.
  21. If you are pursuing vintage (collectible) notions the C22 original currently holds it value better than the reissue model. However, the original has some outdated features (level matching, tape EQ, low freq trim, etc.) on it that few people have any real use for and has single-ended amp outputs only, tube compliment is 6 12AX7's. If you listen to very old vinyl the original C22 has a RIAA vs. LP compensator switch. The reissue has balanced amp outputs, an additional tape monitor loop, and uses 3 12AT7 and 4 12AX7 tubes. If you check out this link http://www.roger-russell.com/preamps.htm#C22r it has features and specs listed, and this link http://www.berners.ch/McIntosh/en/Frame_McIntosh.htm has images and .pdf's of the manuals for both models. If you're not worried about having a vintage McIntosh system you may want to consider their latest design: the C2200 . All the benefits of the C22's original circuit with modern features, superior switching, balanced outputs/inputs, and remote control. Having owned both an original 60's vintage C22 and my current C2200 in my opinion the C2200 is a better sounding preamp and doesn't require the maintenance (pot cleaning) of the older units. It does cost a little more than the C22's but used can be had via Audiogon. Both model C22's run about $2k used and a C2200 averages around $3k used.
  22. There is a growing anti-intellectuallism in this country. I was in a Waffle House - I'm not proud of that - but I was hungry... I'm all alone, eating my food, and reading a book - when this waitress comes by and says, "Whut are you readin' fer?" "You know, I've never been asked that question before. God dang it, you stumped me!" Not "What am I reading?" "What am I reading for?" Well, I guess I read for a lot of reasons. One of the big ones is so I don't have to be a Waffle Waitress. Then this truck driver comes over and says, "Looks like we got us a reader here" Am I stepping out of some intellectual closet on this one or something? I'm a reader. There, I've said it... and I feel better. ~ Bill Hicks
  23. Here's another one: http://www.musicstack.com/ This site is good for locating rare LP's and works similar to eBay or Half.com. There are sellers on it from all around the planet so if you're looking for hard to find or overseas issued LP's/CD's this site just might have them. I've made of couple of buys so far and have been happy with the overall service.
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