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  1. BamaMike

    DIY LaScala's

    Exactly what I need but alas... too far away!
  2. I tried to search for a thread but the words "ONE" and "THREE" don't exactly return a short list. LOL Can anyone provide a review (there's a couple on the main site but...)? Just curious what you all might think or if that many have even purchased. I bought my wife some Sennheiser PXC550 headphones for her work and she likes them a lot and now that she is familiar with bluetooth, she is requesting a bluetooth style system for the bathroom for when she is in the tub. Being the guy I am, I would op for the THREE over the ONE just for the added features etc. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!
  3. NICE! Sorry you have to part with them.
  4. BamaMike

    Cornwall Ones for sale - Alabama

    Thanks again! I have them up and running with spare parts from a La Scala project and new Crites tweeters. The plan is to do a re-veneer. The water stains will not sand out but the veneer is intact so I will most like veneer OVER veneer.
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    Klipsch ONE / THREE - Opinions Please

    Thanks so much! The additional features of the THREE will undoubtedly lure me in. I've been working towards a bedroom system but in addition to her "bath time music" this might be cool to have in the bedroom until I get my act together on the system. I'll be watching for a deal in the next few months. Her birthday is in July so I have time.
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    Perhaps I got it wrong but if I'm not mistaken, this article attacks the statement; "make it sound more analog" and leaves the digital/analog preference up to the listener. I see (and hear) the benefits of both but my ears hear something different (read that "gooder"!) when I listen to a good analog recording. The few times I made it in to a studio with my band, the engineer(s) highly praised analog and the use of high quality mic preamps to get the best sound. They even recorded certain tracks on tape and then mixed them down to digital via Protools. Also, most of the listening public gets CD quality. If we all had access to 96k 24bit, perhaps the argument wouldn't be as prevalent as it is. In any event, I have some reel to reel recordings I will always cherish. There is some magic there... a certain "I dunno what" but it sure sounds good to my old ears.
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    Regarding older tapes... I recently purchased a collection of 96 7" reels. All Scotch from the 70's. I believe the person who made the tapes used a Teac deck form that era. More often than not, these old collections were done out of convenience of having some LONG playing music with little regard for fidelity but NOT in this case. While they are all recorded at 3 1/2 ips, the sound quality is great and the tapes are all in excellent condition. I payed approximately .50 cents a reel and I now have 450+ albums at my disposal ranging from easy listening, folk and country to rock. The collection even came with a little booklet of hand typed play lists and a library system he used for labeling the boxes. I love stuff like this!
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    There have been some "lists" compiled for Sticky Shed Syndrome (SSS) as it is referred to. My only personal experience is with Ampex Grandmaster 3600. Upon opening a box (purchased from the Evil Bay), it was full of bits and pieces of the backing. It literally was "shedding" off the tape. Tossed the tape and kept the reel and reloaded with ATR MDS-36 (My current favorite formulation). All of my Maxell and TDK that I purchased in the 80's is still intact and in rotation on my decks. From wiki: Many tapes affected by sticky-shed are those that were made by Ampex/Quantegy such as 406/407, 456/457, 499, and consumer/audiophile grade back coated tapes such as Grand Master and 20-20+. Tapes made by Scotch/3M are also affected and the most common offenders here are the "pro" tapes such as 206/207, 226/227, 808, and 986 as well as audiophile tapes such as "Classic" and "Master-XS". Though less common, many Sony branded tapes such as PR-150, SLH, ULH, and FeCr have also been reported to suffer from sticky-shed. Blank cassettes from the 70's-90's are unaffected because the hygroscopic binder was not used in cassette formulations. However, some cassette tape formulations do suffer from a similar problem caused by fatty acids working to the surface of the tape that can cause sticking to heads and guides and severe modulation of signals through the playback head until it is cleaned. As of 2012, no documented or proven examples of sticky-shed from Maxell or TDK exist[citation needed]. There have been a few reports of some tape from the current manufacturers ATR and RMGI exhibiting symptoms of sticky-shed. But these may be isolated incidents relating to prototype or single bad batches and not necessarily indicative of the overall product line integrity. BASF tape production did not use the unstable formulation, and their tape production rarely shows this type of coating instability, although BASF LH Super SM cassettes manufactured in the mid-70s are prone to the problem. As of 2015 some 35mm magnetic fullcoat tapes produced by Kodak, such as those used for the audio portion of older IMAX films, are also reported to be exhibiting sticky-shed.[4] As tapes remain in storage for a longer time, it is possible that other binder formulations may develop problems.
  9. BamaMike

    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    OOPS!! Far RIGHT. LOL
  10. BamaMike

    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    2 out of 3! LOL The Akai on the left is GX630D.
  11. BamaMike

    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    Big money! Every now and then you run across a deal. My little Teac R777x will have to suffice for cassette use until I get lucky.
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    You got that right! Do you still own it? My brother is a huge Nakamichi fan. Owns 7 decks but has yet to work his way up to a Dragon. I bought a lot of gear when I was in Japan in the early 80's (Air Force) and all the cool guys had a Dragon and Bose 901's. lol
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    The proof is in the pudding. I rarely run across pre-recorded music that sounds very good. I guess a lot of folks weren't concerned with the fidelity aspect back in the day so much as the ability to play music for long periods of time. The majority of my recordings are the first or second play of a record and recorded at the highest speed possible. The goal is to be indistinguishable from the source. I can preserve my vinyl collection and play that tape for years.
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    I've been considering these guys for some work. Distance/shipping has me concerned. I may go for it but it would be nice to find someone within driving distance which means .... Alabama (HA HA... never happen!), Georgia or Tennessee. I've heard of a couple. One in Nashville and one near Atlanta. Neither sounds as promising as the Reel Pro Sound Guys though.
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    Got all my reel to reels together for a group photo...
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    Is Reel to Reel really that good?

    I like the fact this thread is still alive! Dynamics is definitely a factor with tapes. Would love to hear more about your Studer once you take ownership.
  17. So i picked up some Cornwalls a couple weeks ago. Missing tweeters and one woofer. Had a spare woofer laying around. Ordered Crites CT-120 and installed. My first impression was they lacked the detail of my La Scala. I am running them in tandem with my La Scalas so this is a "side by side comparison". Coincidentally, the La Scala and the Cornwalls are "U"... 1980 models. La Scala is AA crossover and the Cornwall is the B crossover. A good audio friend of mine came over and we recapped the crossovers real quick last Saturday. Swapping the 4 uF for a 3 (I believe) and he tweaked my parametric a tad (400hz +3db) and they definitely sound better but when run together with the La Scalas I find that I'm not too crazy about them (the Cornwalls). I'm curious about suggested mods for the Cornwalls? I have a 2nd pair of La Scala that will get the bass bin mod AND custom crossovers a la my friend who's La Scalas completely blow me away. In the long run, I picture a La Scala in all four corners (!) and the Cornwalls in my den. Thoughts, suggestions welcome. Is this how the Cornscala came to be?!?
  18. BamaMike

    Klipsch Cornwall Question

    Thanks for the input. This is the kind of feedback I am looking for.
  19. BamaMike

    Klipsch Cornwall Question

    Wow. I plan to build my own... or rather my wife will build. She's the electronics guru. The Cornwalls will get a good "listenin' to" whilst I build my project La Scalas.
  20. BamaMike

    Klipsch Cornwall Question

    Maybe I'm spoiled by the La Scalas. Listening to Etta James and her voice was a little harsh on the Cornwalls. Also seemed like some detail was missing between the lows and mids. My ear is not good enough for me to describe in detail so I'm just wondering what others have thought of their Cornwalls.. What the did and did not like and what type of mods are typically done to the early Cornwalls. I have Heresy, La Scala and Cornwall all in the same room which makes comparison easy. I love my Heresy. I have two pair.
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    Ohm Walsh 2

    I just bought some Ohm Walsh 4's for $20! LOL I got an offer from someone so I am including them with a sale without ever hooking them up. Am I making a mistake? That's them in front of the Cornwalls I bought two weeks ago.
  22. So my $60 La Scalas are missing a tweeter and my Cornwall score is missing both. I pulled the trigger on a pair of Crites CT-120's for the Cornwalls. A buddy has a big ol' box of tweeters and recommends a pair of Wolverines for the La Scala. I have high hopes for the CT-120's in the Cornwalls which... I should have singing tomorrow night. Based on the reviews here, I'm thinking they are going to sound stellar. The La Scalas will be a bit as I have a cabinet to reassemble. Anyone use the Wolverines? They are EV T-35's. He's asking $100 for the pair. Says they MAY be new. Can't remember. See pics...
  23. BamaMike

    Tweeters, tweeters and more tweeters!

    I think so! I will PM you his contact information.
  24. BamaMike

    Tweeters, tweeters and more tweeters!

    Well... you see the box. That's his! I think he can cover you. PM me your contact info if you want to get a hold of him. We're in Alabama.
  25. BamaMike

    $200 CORNWALL SAGA - RESCUING ORPHANS

    I'm working on a couple of projects and would like to see these as well. I did do a rebuild on some Heresies not long ago. Maybe these photos will assist you in some way... http://s1368.photobucket.com/user/MCoffel/library/Klipsch%20Heresy%20Restoration
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