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  1. That's a beautiful amp. A review on it here https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/amplifier-reviews/integrated-amplifier-reviews/melody-action-ultra-mda2-and-everest-211/2/ states "It’s very neutral and analytical, but never clinical and its timbre is spot-on natural. The bass, nearly always an aspect in which tube amplifiers perform less well than transistor amplifiers, is fast and tight and beautifully articulate, and with perfect pacing, it’s neither slow nor hurried. The bass is a little lean compared to the Ayon’s ..." If this is true, it sounds like it would be a perfect match for the Cornwall's that I'm familiar with. The McIntosh amps(MC225 and MC30) that I prefer to use with the Cornwall's or La Scala's tend to be more old school tubey with quite full bass. Again, for me, a bit much with the CW's but just right for the LS's.
  2. I haven't heard the CIV's although pretty much everything that I've heard about them are extremely positive. As I indicated, it really just boils down to one's preferences as does everything else in this hobby. My amps are all 60 year old tube amps, give or take, as are my preamps. I listen to mostly vinyl. Therefore, I have what I would consider an abundance of warmth throughout my audio chain, and perhaps it's just the neutrality of the LS's which to my ears play better with these electronics then the Cornies, which are just a little too bass heavy and thick sounding. I have used the Cornies with more neutral gear, as well as some solid state over the years and did find that to be a better match. But for me the LS's just do everything right within the confines of my room and my gear. FWIW, I also use restored Bozak 302's and AR3 speakers with my tube gear, and both of those speakers do fall on the warmer side of neutral, but are both smaller then the Cornies and the results are not quite as extreme as I find with the Cornies.
  3. Presently a pair of Decorator 1’s from ‘77. But I’ve also owned verticals and II’s in the past. All good just prefer La Scala’s sound more.
  4. I own and love the 240. But like the 225 it's a very old amp, and will need a complete restoration by a trusted tech before it's used. I wouldn't even bother testing it in it's present state. If it's in an antique store, I'm guessing it hasn't been used in a long time.
  5. Decware amps are great. I've used a few different one's over the years(not the Torii Junior, however). That said, if you can find and afford a 225, not only are you getting arguably the best sounding of the classic Mac tube amps, but it's a piece of history that will only appreciate in value over the years. Of course, it will need to be restored by somebody who knows how to restore McIntosh classic amps (assuming it already hasn't been) unless you are able to do it yourself. I own a 225 and use it regularly with my La Scala's and it's a wonderful match.
  6. La Scala's are the most honest speaker that I've ever owned. Paired with a reasonably good tube amp, they're magic on pretty much every recording. And I'm talking completely stock, as my '77's are. I have other speakers which are equally enjoyable (AR3's, Bozak 302's, Allison One's) but at this point the LS's would be the keepers of all of them. I can use any amp with them, they're easy to place, and sound great with any music that I've ever played on them. I own Cornwall's, but they would be the first to go of all the one's I mentioned. To my ears, they're pleasant but very overrated.
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    Portion sizes are out of control. Most adults eat like they work on a ranch/farm for 10-12 hours, when most end up leading sedentary lives, then go to whatever restaurant and eat portions that could easily feed 3. And if they don't get that kind of portion, they leave a bad review on Yelp. Doesn't even matter what the food is, healthy or not, eat too much and most folks will put on weight. The relatively rare time that I eat out(or order in) these days a kids portion is plenty. Anything more and I eat a 1/4 of it, my wife eats a 1/4 of it and the rest is leftovers for a couple of days. I'm constantly astonished when I see people in restaurants, or on social media digging into massive plates of food.
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    I've lost a lot of weight over the last 15 years or so, probably 70+ lbs from when I was at my heaviest at 50. That's me around that time, and me now. 33 lbs has been since December '20. 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, 2 long dog walks, household chores(try not to sit around too much during the day), very little to no meat and sweets, and only about 1200 calories a day. Oh, and I got sober 5 1/2 years ago. At 65, feel the best I have in almost my entire adult life.
  9. Shasta, 6 year old BorderJack. A lethal combination of energy and brains makes him a challenging beast. His "sister" Chelsea, a 3.5 year old tabby. Also very smart, and very demanding. On her own terms, can also be exceedingly sweet. Once in a while, they gang up on me
  10. My experience is the best amp for the speakers one is using is what sounds best to the listener given their specific requirements. I use a 40 watt tube amp on my AR3's although many would say that's too little. I was told that my Bozak 302A's really do better with bigger solid state amps, and while they do sound good with a 130 watt SS amp, I like them better with a 30 watt tube amp. I've used all kinds of amps with my La Scala's, and for me, 40 watt tube amps sound great. I understand asking for advice in forums. I've done it myself both here and other places. But at the end of the day, one really must trust one's ears. I bought some Crites crossovers to replace the original one's in my '77 La Scala's. I tried them out for awhile, then switched back to the original one's and for whatever reason I like them better. People can debate all day long why that's just not right, but it is what it is. So OP, get your Decware(I've several of their amps and preamps over the years...very good company), try it out. Then put the Crown back in. Let your ears determine what makes you want to listen more, and longer, and go with that. Of course, it's easy to rotate too. Maybe for certain types of music a smaller tube amp will work better for you then a large SS, and vice versa. Great! There are many flavors out there no reason why one has to stick to only one if they don't want to. Good luck!
  11. Even a brief experiment away from the walls will at least give you some idea if they are making the boominess worse, or having little/no effect. You can always move them back. You might also experiment with moving your other speakers away from the LS's, at least just to hear what effect giving the LS's some space might have.
  12. Try experimenting with placement. LS's don't HAVE to be in a corner, or against a wall, like Cornwall's or KHorns. Maybe move them out into the room and see if that helps tame the issue that you're having. I've not heard any boominess from my all stock '77's. I run them with a pair of McIntosh MC30 amps and while I've never had a need for subs like a lot of other with LS's, it's not because of too much bass. It just sounds right, although certainly different and not as thick as my Cornwalls. Anyway, enjoy the ride. They're fantastic speakers. EDIT: Oh I see Jim basically advised the same as me a few seconds before. Great minds...😁
  13. I've had to move things around since reinserting my Allison One's back into the main system. Optimum placement for them is against a wall, and the only wall to place them against in my living room is where the La Scala's had been. So those now have been moved out to the center of the room. About 10 feet from the listening position, about 5 1/2 feet apart in the picture, but I can move them another 1 1/2 feet apart when I'm using them. I keep them like this to be able to lessen any obstruction to the Allison's. Driven by my McIntosh MC225, of course they still sound great. What surprised me somewhat is that the bass has seemingly increased which surprised me. I'll have to get used to them placed like this, but assuming my wife is ok with it(and over 26+ years she is pretty much ok with any of this nonsense) there they will stay until I figure out something better. I have a second, smaller bedroom system but I have a pair of Cornwalls in there already, and that system just doesn't get used much and I want to be able to use my LS's, along with my A1's and AR3's(on top of the Allison's) as much as possible. I love them all.
  14. I agree and thanks. That said, CW's look pretty cool also.
  15. I agree with the suggestion for restoration above, but having said that, all of them are very good receivers and once properly refreshed should sound great with the LS's. If if had to choose one, I'd go with the 4100.
  16. While I've reached my personal gear mountain top at age 65 by being able to presently own McIntosh MC30's, MC225 and MC240 and want for nothing more(well, ok, maybe a second 225), I've owned several Decware's in the past, both amps and preamp/headphone amps, and I was never disappointed with either the products or service. Both top notch. I can heartily agree with everything stated here about the company. When I was buying from them the wait time was only about a month, and I'm not sure I'd want to wait 5-6 months for an amp at this point, but I have no doubt that those that do won't be disappointed.
  17. Like everything in this hobby trust your ears and compare as much as possible. I replaced the original cans/crossovers in my ‘77 La Scala’s with new Crites crossovers w/ Sonicaps. Listened to them for about a month and didnt have any serious issue with them. Then one day decided to swap back in the originals and after just a few minutes I knew I preferred them. It’s hard to say why other then to my ears with my gear in my room they just sound right. When I bought the LS’s from a friend several months ago he had tested them and they were within spec according to him. I have no way to test them myself but it’s irrelevant to me. I’ve been doing this audio thing for over 50 years and learned that while I respect the opinion of others particularly those with more technical know how then me, and use those opinions to establish some baselines in what gear might be right for me ultimately, when I can I try to compare as much as possible to choose what makes me want to listen the most. And in this case the original caps do.
  18. I'll take them without the sub and settle for as good as Khorns. Ok, maybe not quite as good. 😁
  19. The newer Khorns mentioned are pretty much out of my price range, and messing around with mods like fake corners is more then I want to pursue unless it's a deal too good to pass up. And even then, they would have to be pretty dang outstanding to better what I already get from my LS's, which, BTW, I and wife love the way they look and they seem made for my room .
  20. Would love Khorns but don't have proper corners, plus none are available locally. But adore my '77 LS's. I firmly believe that what you feed them really affects what comes out of them. McIntosh MC225 or MC30's really sound incredible through them, and they certainly deliver enough bottom end for my enjoyment with those amps. '
  21. I noticed a not insignificant difference when I disconnected the diodes. Much smoother to my ears. FWIW when I got new crossovers from Crites for my '77 LS's, I ordered the A's without the speaker protection diodes based on their recommendation. I let the crossovers break in with the Sonicaps, and I like them well enough, but the other day I swapped back in the originals with the oil caps, and I still like them better. To each their own.
  22. Break in is complete on the Crites' A X/O's. They sound quite excellent, and the combination of the LS's with either the MC225 or MC30's is outrageously great. Every owner of these speakers should have a chance at some point to hear them with these amps. I'm sure there are many other great combo's, but I'm good with what I have.
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