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  1. I trust Matt from Toolshed 100% to deliver on his promise of delivering whatever you commission him to build.   

    I love that amp so much that when he and I were discussing his new DHT preamp project I sold off my Zesto Leto to fund it and threw a backup pre in the system for a few months. 

    So yes, when a guy like Captain Beefheart  craps on a guy like Matt it’s time to call him out like the POS liar and thief  that he is.  And if I see him pop up anywhere the first thing I’ll do is send Shakey a PM


    What a P.O.S. !!!


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  2. He was crapping on Matt from Toolshed saying his amps were copies of 80 year old designs.  


    Well that’s how old the 300b is but many modern amps use DC  regulators for the filaments and other modern schemes for volume control.  They are a mix of classic topology and modern  technology. 

    That guy has spent so much time writing multiple paragraphs of how great he is…. He should have focused on his promise , he could have built 5 amps in the time it took to author his narcissistic diatribe. 

    Every tube amp’s DNA goes back far so to say anything from anyone is a copy is silly


    So much for Captains “original” designs.   The whole time he was full of crap !!!   You can be sure if I see him on any forums I will be quick to call him out as a thief.   What a loser  

    To Shakey:


    I would file a police report in his town for interstate commerce fraud via Pay Pal  

    I know Pay Pal won’t help , but to electronically receive money for fraud over state lines is a felony,  see if you have any recourse  I hope you do. 


    Good Luck.  

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  3. I feel for you Shakey, it’s a huge leap of faith to have a custom amp.   Guys like CaptainBeefHeart give legitimate amp builders a bad image.    He was so cocky to crap on everyone else’s amps , he brags about what he’s capable of ….  Then doesn’t deliver the goods.   

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  4. I have been listening to 2.1 movies for years with my Quicksilver Amps.    Zero failures save a few tubes in the past 8 years


    I still do it with a 300b,  that amp is on all of the time for music and movies.    Some tube amps are self biasing and very user friendly 


    As for an amp I would encourage you to demo one at home.   Forte are very revealing of system changes .    The only SS amp ive used with mine is an Acurus 200 watt amp ....not a good match.    

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  5. I'm using a 300b with about 8 watts.....    it sounds great,  it is in a smaller room and I don't play too loud.  Plenty of power in my situation 


    Was using a pair of Quicksilver Mid Monos and they were great too.   Nothing like the WE 300bs though.

  6. Thanks Fido !   I can’t wait for it’s companion preamp to arrive.  It will be a DHT based on the 205d tube with a Khozmo remote control encoder volume control.  It is a relay / ladder that only places one resistor in the path with each volume increment. Should pair nicely with the amp 

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  7. You get an heirloom piece when you have a Toolshed built for you.    I can't even count how many nights I have been up til midnight or 1 AM listening to this amp...    was absolutely worth the money and I don't part with that kind of money easily.     Amazing combo with Forte IV 

  8. I have been loving my Forte IV since they came out in early 2021.   I believe I received one of the first pairs ,  I think my dealer actually gave me the pair he planned to demo as I had pre ordered them when I tried to buy Forte III


    They are great speakers , the better the electronics the better they sound.  They really respond well to quality amps.   

    I am using a 300b amp with mine and I have never experienced such great sound at home.   In fact , they are so good that I blindly bought a custom 300b.    What a combo !!!     They sound so good together I am having a custom preamp built to compliment the amp.  

    I’d love a pair of Lascala but they are huge.   The Forte IV are the perfect size.   I have had them for almost two years and replacing them is the last thing on my mind.  

    They replaced a pair of Heresy III which were excellent but the Forte is next level performance 

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  9. I was listening to the late great Boston band Morphine the other night and thought the same thing....  the Forte IV is the first speaker where I am not thinking about my NEXT speaker...  even if they aren't my "last" speaker it's unlikely I will ever sell them.   They are a lot of speaker for the money.

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  10. I wanted to revive this thread after spending a few months with my Toolshed Transcendence 300b amp.    


    I have it paired with Forte IVs and was originally using it with a Zesto Leto preamp.    The amp is equipped with the optional CTC vintage power transformer,  Hitachi Fine Met Amorphous OPT , Mundorf sio caps,  Jupiter caps,  Khozmo stepped attenuators and outfitted with new Western Electric 300b power tubes, Amperex 7788 input tubes and a Raytheon 274b rectifier.


    The quality, fit , and finish of this amp is not fully appreciated until you see it first hand.    It is a work of art that sounds just as good as it looks, maybe better.    Pics do not do this amp justice !!!!   The inside is nicely laid out, very high quality hand made turret boards and clever use of mounting hardware and stand offs.  There is no plastic in this amp, no zip ties,  no double face tape everything is securely mounted with hardware.    


    I was surprised how mechanically quiet and free of noise this amp is.  It is remarkably quiet ,   Zero hum or noise from the chassis and a black , quiet background free of noise or hum.   This for me is crucial.    I have sold a few pieces of gear that sounded good but had even the slightest hint of self noise.   


    I have never had a SET amp,  my last few amps were all push pull pentode types, EL34, 6L6 , etc.    This amp has a purity and transparency that I have never experienced first hand.   


    It is well balanced top to bottom.   Obviously it's midrange is amazing but it really surprised me in the bass region.  It is deep, tight , and never flabby like they are "supposed" to be.    I rarely turn my sub on since getting this amp,  it's low end is so good for most material, the sub muddies up the low end.  


    I'm not going to try to sound like a reviewer,  I will say this was the best audio component  purchase I have ever made in 40 plus years of enjoying hi fi.    This amp is so good I am having Matt build me the companion DHT preamp.   






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  11. The Quicksilver Horn Mono and Mid Monos are huge value propositions.   I have a pair of Mid Monos that I just took out of service.  Amazing amps for the money.  Either amp is fantastic.  The only negative about the Horn Mono is it's screw down speaker terminals .    The price of either new is a bargain and used Quicksilver is among the best values in used gear you will ever find.  Built like a tank, super reliable.... safe bets 

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  12. Congrats.     I love my Forte IV.   I never really worried about break in.  I put my tuner on and just let it play for many hours without listening critically.    


    I do this every time I make a change to the system.    I really believe "break in" is half acclimation and half mechanical / surround compliance with speakers.   Thats why just playing FM takes the analytical judgment out of the equation.   Then after a week or so listening casualty I will form opinion.

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  13. On 9/26/2022 at 10:10 PM, Fido said:

    That toolshead amp is beautiful. I remember when you and I got our Forte IVs. They sounded better than I ever imagined and with many hours of breakin they sound even better. I spend many hours enjoying them.

    Thanks ,   It really is a great sounding amp.  I’m having the matching preamp built now. 

    The Forte IV get better with every upgrade. 

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