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peachdog

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  1. I'm a really big Lou Reed fan but some of his stuff will clear a room quickly, and I've used this (many years ago) to my advantage. Some VU of course, but I'm thinking of solo stuff like "The Kids" from the Berlin album -- very hard to take when the kids start crying and calling for mommy after the five minute mark ("they're taking her children away because they said she was not a good mother... that miserable rotten slut couldn't turn anyone away").
  2. Fear of turntable setup, or something else? I've stuck with the JVC QL-Y5F that I bought about 1980, which still works flawlessly, because of its relative ease of setup.
  3. Love the Lips but some mixed feelings about this cover.
  4. Thanks for showing, it's looking good Jim.
  5. The coffee can amp was what led to Phase Linear. I know I've found other posts on this site and even an interview with Bob where he discusses the early days. Bob Carver: “When I got out of college I wanted to start an amplifier company but I was broke, and so I couldn’t afford a chassis, I couldn’t afford heat sinks. But I was able to come up with a Folger’s coffee can. I used that coffee can as the chassis to build the amplifier in. …I didn’t have enough money to buy a transformer either.” Scott Wilkinson (Home Theater Geeks): “What did you use in place of the transformer?” Bob C: “The line. The transformer on the pole.” Scott W: “Did you actually sell any of them?” Bob C: “In those days there was something called The McIntosh Amplifier Clinic… Everybody brought their amplifiers to the Clinic, put them up on the bench to be tested and would get a nice little graph of its performance… So I took my coffee can amp, went down to the McIntosh Clinic and had it tested, and I got a graph to die for. I was so happy that I got that graph… There were all these wires coming out of the coffee can and people were sitting around joking… You have to remember most amplifiers in those days were 20, 30, 40, 50 watts. The big Mac 75 watt amplifier was among the largest amplifiers around, and they were heavy too. I took my little coffee can – it didn’t have a transformer in it, remember? – 350 watts. And they didn’t believe me. And they ran it up, the lights went out in the store, got a new fuse in the lights, and finally got this graph. I made copies of this graph and that got me started. I was in business with that graph.” Note that Bob identified this coffee can as a "Phase Linear 700":
  6. I've read lots about that, and the fixes -- how many pounds of modeling clay or whatever to stuff in there. I've not done it because I never noticed I had a problem, what others call ringing and feedback, not at any volume level or with any type of program material. I've always kept it isolated enough but with little thought or expense. I can go madman and hoot and bellow and stomp my feet in front of the cabinet, and nothing. Two things I know will evoke negative symptoms: (1) blowing with the force I'd use to blow out birthday candles, directly toward the cartridge and needle/record interface while a record is playing, elicits a whooshing sound through the speakers or, with maximum wind applied, the needle leaves the groove.(2) rapping, tapping and drumming with fingertips and knuckles on the base while a record is playing, elicits a percussive sound through the speakers or, with maximum beat applied, the needle leaves the groove. Friends have brought me LPs so badly warped that on their tt the arm is thrown to the air like a ski jumper from a take-off ramp. The QL-Y5F hasn't failed to track any of them. About "poor man's Denon," there are many servo-controlled tonearm enthusiasts out there who consider the JVC superior. I don't know, never had anything to compare it to.
  7. This is indeed a fun thread. I’m really enjoying seeing what others started with and built upon. I have no original photos of my first systems either. Anyone remember Lafayette Radio Electronics? I was in junior high when I opened my piggy bank to find I had saved enough for my first stereo. *** Lafayette LR-1500TA *** *** Lafayette Criterion 50 *** *** Garrard SL-55 *** I always had a job and gave myself a weekly record-buying allowance. I got the next system while a senior in high school in the early 70s. *** Pioneer SX-737 *** *** AR-8 *** *** AR-XB *** *** Sennheiser HD-414 *** As a poor college student, this served me for most of the rest of the 70s. Then in 1979 I added a cassette deck and in 1980 replaced the turntable. *** Nakamichi 482Z *** *** JVC QL-Y5F *** The JVC remains my primary turntable and continues to perform flawlessly. Not until the 80s could I afford decent speakers, and went to separates instead of receivers, a path that decades later has led me all the way back to Carver and renewed appreciation of certain vintage components.
  8. Very nice indeed, congrats on this acquisition, and a great story how these came into your hands.
  9. The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request December '67
  10. Very nice Zoom. Lots of cool stuff, but a small question -- why do you say no digital? I still have some analog sources -- turntable, cassette desk, old FM tuner -- but with BluRay, DVD, CD, XBox, WiFi, iTunes, etc., it does seem like you've got a whole lot of digital goin' on. Nice setup though, thanks for sharing.
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