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  1. blindman

    Master Stereo System - 3 Piece

    My main system comprises Klipschorns with a Belle in the center. The Belle is driven via the center channel output on a Scott 299B. My second system is the same three speakers with three McIntosh MC30's. The center channel is via Paul Klipsch's original design for a 3-channel switch (re: a Dope in Hope article). My third system utilizes two LaScala's and two VRD's and no center channel (in the market for a third VRD and a third LaScala). My listening room furniture is all mid-century modern: - Eames lounge chair and ottoman (Rosewood by Herman Miller) - LeCorbusier LC3 Grande Sofa - LeCorbusier LC2 Armchairs (2x) - Breuer Wassily Chairs (2x) - Mies Van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion Ottomans - Saarinen Tulip Occasional Tables - Eileen Gray Adjustable Tables
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    Uber charges on my Bank Account, never used them

    Sorry to read about this, Mister joessportster. Like you, I have never used Uber or Lyft, and I will nevertheless be on the lookout based upon your heads up. This is precisely why I activated the "notify me" feature to have my credit union send me a text message and email every time that charge is made to my debit card - so that if any false charges show up I can nip it in the bud. So far, touch wood, so good. On the other hand, CHASE has called (or messaged) me 4 times in the past 6 years regarding suspicious charges made against my credit card. They have been very diligent about monitoring my account for any unusual activity. Each time that my account has been comprised they immediately deactivated my card and issued me a new account number. They delivered a new card via overnight FedEx in less than 24 hours. CHASE has been very pro-active about making sure that I was never inconvenienced and I have never had to initiate or deal with the reversal of any of the fraudulent charges. P.S. I use the FREE version of Credit Karma to monitor my accounts almost every day since there is so much fraud and shenanigans out there - just in case.
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    SOLD... Altec Lansing VOTT

    "Over Under Sideways Down" is a 1966 song by English rock group the Yardbirds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4DdAs0PddQ
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    Vinyl Records for Sale

    I can vouch for Mister Vectra 100%. It was a real pleasure doing business with you. Excellent communication. Items received EXACTLY as advertised. Items safely received within one week of my payment. All in all - a very good deal. I will be listening to my new-to-me LP's this weekend.
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    Vinyl Records for Sale

    May I purchase the following? 4 Jerry Lee Lewis A Taste of Country USA SUN SUN-114 VG+/VG (hole punch) 8 John Cale Sabotage/Live (IRS) NM/VG+ 6 Buddy Holly - The Buddy Holly Story - Coral Records (rainbow label) CRL 57279 - VG/VG 7 Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen CL 2733 Mono 4 Steve Winwood Winwood (2 LPs) USA United Artsist UAS-9950 NM/EX 10 Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus EX/EX
  7. Thank you, Born2RockU, for the GREAT DEAL! !! ! ! !!!! ! ! It was a pleasure doing business with you and I really enjoyed spending time visiting with you on the phone and in our exchange of PM's. I can't wait to try out these legendary NOS Valves VRD mono blocks on my home system. Of course, I will be reporting my findings on the forum.
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    Car you will own, may own, never own

    This is the only vehicle that I Want but will Never Own. But even if I never own one - I still want to drive one for at least a week or two - on the moon.
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    Curious about Retirement

    Question: Have your cost of living expenses gone up, down or remained about the same? Short answer: down.
  11. By Karel Janicek Associated Press Published: 07 May 2016 09:08 PM LODENICE, Czech Republic — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world’s biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia. GZ Media, based in a small town south west of the Czech capital, has made deals with all the major music labels and is running its plant day and night, every day of the year — even on Christmas — to satisfy booming demand. This summer, in an effort to get closer to the growing American market, it is due to open a new plant in Canada and is finalizing a deal to acquire a majority stake in a factory in the United States. “Nobody expected the vinyl records production to come back in such a strong fashion,” Michal Sterba, GZ Media director general told The Associated Press in an interview. As a company, it knows something about ups and downs. Previously called Gramofonove zavody Lodenice, it has been making vinyl records since 1951. But just as the Cold War ended, CDs started taking over the market. The company’s output hit a record low of about 300,000 records a year in the mid-1990s. The days of vinyl seemed to be numbered. Then in 2010 the market began to bounce back. The company’s output ramped up dramatically to 18 million last year and an estimated 25 million this year. That’s a big chunk of the world market, which is estimated to have produced between 90 and 100 million records last year, though official figures are not available. GZ Media’s closest competitors are Optimal Media in Germany, which made about 16 million records in the full year to September. And United Record Pressing, based in Nashville, which is estimated to have produced 11 million last year. “At the moment, we export an absolute majority of what we produce, and about a third of it ends up in Northern America,” Sterba said. “It is a logical step for us to open a new factory in North America because we have quite a strong customer base there.” Following a $10 million investment, a new joint venture with a partner in Canada, Precision Record Pressing, will start operating in Burlington, near Toronto, in August. Its production capacity should reach 3 million next year and 5 million to 6 million in three years. GZ Media also is due to acquire a majority in an existing vinyl plant in the United States with a capacity of 3 million records. Sterba would not reveal details. “Our main goal is to become No. 1 or 2 on the U.S. market in a couple of years,” he said. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, total sales revenue of vinyl albums soared 32.2 percent last year compared with 2014, for a value of $416.2 million. Vinyl albums still have only a tiny share of the overall market for music, some 3 percent globally, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said. The figure is slightly higher, at 6 percent, in the U.S. But the trend is obvious. Sales in the U.S. reached almost 17 million units last year, putting revenue at the highest since 1988. It’s also more than the revenue made by ad-supported, on-demand services like YouTube, free Spotify, and others, RIAA said. Coping with the demand is a challenge for producers. GZ Media, however, has a competitive edge over newcomers. While new equipment for record printers hasn’t been developed in about 30 years, GZ Media has invested in making its own pressing machines. All the major music labels have deals with GZ media to print their records and album covers — from rock to classical music — as it has become an industry standard to have almost every new album available also in vinyl. On top of that, the classics and collectors’ items remain popular. The company is particularly proud of a deal to make 40,000 pieces of a box set with the Rolling Stones’ albums as well as the soundtrack music for Star Wars that includes a 3-D hologram of a space ship. Sterba said GZ Media’s turnover is expected to grow some 10 percent to 15 percent this year to reach some $101 million. “People are fed up with the virtual music. They want the same experience as their parents, to take the record from the cover and put it on a turntable,” said Robert Maly, a DJ who owns a vinyl record store in Prague. “The sound is different.” Just as it was hard to predict vinyl’s revival, it is hard to say how long it can last. “I would expect the growth to continue for another two or three years,” says Sterba.
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    New (to me) Klipschorns

    Can you put something in those doorways "temporarily" to give the bass a chance to "stay inside the same room with you"? Maybe go to Home Depot and buy some rigid foam insulation boards (cost $22)? You could cut them to fit within the door frames and wedge them in place ( of course to be used ONLY while listening to the Khorns). In my humble opinion that would make a huge difference while you are experimenting and getting to know your "new" speakers. At least until you finish remodeling your basement. By the way - Congratulations on your new speakers. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Corning-FOAMULAR-1-2-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-R-3-Squared-Edge-Insulating-Sheathing-36L/100320356
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    Scott Tube Amp French Made Caps?

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    Let's see your ride! And what have you had in the past?

    I might be wrong about the location of the shifter on the VW Squareback. As we say in Texas, "I have slept since then so I don't remember everything anymore." Glad to hear that your Squareback was a good car. Mine was the worst car I have ever owned. I replaced my VW with a used International Harvester Travelall. My Travellall was an excellent vehicle which I kept for 200,000 miles. It did have one major idiosyncrasy though: the shift linkage kept getting hung-up. It was not uncommon for me to have to crawl underneath to manually pull on the linkage rods to free them from their entanglement with each other. I got pretty good at this and could do it in a few seconds at a stop light without making anyone behind me wait after the light had turned green.