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  1. fxbill

    The one that you let go - greatest regret.

    A bit similar but much newer than my old Heathkit 1640-AA 200 wpc which weighs close to 100 lbs, all discrete, works great and sounds much like a tube amp below 50 watts...and I still have the old boat anchor... it's still a great old amp! ( I should clean it....haven't touched it in several years. ) Greatest recent find... a pair of new tower speakers with 4- 8" woofers...( 2 active and 2 passive...one on the side and one on the front bottom, a 6" mid and horn tweeter. They actually play down to 20hz and sounded great out of the box except for the mids that sounded a bit muted...like a blanket over them. I changed the crossovers to Eminence 2nd order units with more overlap and a lower crossover point, added 8uf of capacitance to the mid crossover, changed the mids to paper cone closed back units from Parts Express and put L-pads on both the tweeter and the mid in each speaker. It took trying 5 different crossovers before choosing the one that did the trick....( Thank you Amazon for letting me return the others!). They now sound fantastic...and actually very close to my Altecs which are to the left and behind it.. and almost as efficient!... ( this one is still showing the original 6" mid before changing). Total price for the pair including all of the mods done....about $750. I'm extremely pleased with them and have complete control over the sound with the added L-pads. Quite a deal for an amazing pair of speakers!
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    The one that you let go - greatest regret.

    My AR Reference 1 preamp.....found in an auto junk yard, half full of mud and I purchased it off Fleabay for $500. After 2 days of cleaning out the mud and such it looked brand new.....and it worked flawlessly! Best preamp I've ever heard. I sold it for $2,000 again on Fleabay when I found something else that I really wanted. Never should have let it go! My Mac 240...purchased from Speaker City in Burbank as a non working amp for $400.... al it needed was a new thermister...cost $1.25 to fix it....sold for $2500 My Mac 275 Mk4...purchased as a store demo for $1800....another keeper that I let go....... and too many more in the past 25 years to list! My best find.... A curbsided HK Citiation II complete with tube shield and original British Gold Lion KT-88s....sitting next to a trash can...and working perfectly aside from a small bit of hum that power supply caps corrected. Sold the output tubes for $600..kept the amp.
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    fxbill turns blue

    Thank you! What an unexpected and pleasant surprise!!...( and thank you for the effort and creativity of my avatar... I almost didn't recognize myself the last time I logged in!... I think I'll have to keep such a generous gift!!)
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    Wanted to buy.... TFM 15 meter

    Ahhh. Thank you! I believe one pivot end has just slipped out of the end cup...( with a watch it would be like the balance staff slipping out of an end pivot jewel). I'm just afraid that my hands might no longer be steady enough to reinstall it.......or it could be something completely different, but it does react to output...it just doesn't swing as it should. Perhaps that's the case with this one.... It does respond to signal but does not have a full swing to it...it just sits there and slightly wiggles. I've worked on railroad grade pocket watches for quite a few years, but it's been almost 10 years since I repaired my last one and I don't think my hands are steady enough now to do this. It's quite possible that the problem is simply a dirty pivot....and although I've used watch oil on many meters in the past, unless they are sealed it's better to run them dry.... I agree. I haven't removed it or even looked at it closely enough to see if the pivot is out of place or it is simply sticking, but I do think I'll take the expert up on his offer and send it up. Thank you @Nahash5150!😀
  5. I have a non working meter in my little TFM15 and rather than trying to fix it and probably just screw it up I'd like to find a replacement for it if anyone has a "parts" unit sitting around. Please post or PM me with details. Thanks! Bill
  6. Mods...if this doesn't apply here please remove it. I don't know if non Carver items are allowed here....but if they are.... I have several hundred video discs....the LP sized discs and a player that plays both these and standard DVDs as well. These were part of a non paid storage locker that I purchased years ago. They belonged to a Hollywood producer who had gone through a divorce and his ex "forgot" to tell him that payment was due and he lost the storage space. Part of the items were boxes and boxes of video discs....almost 400 in all and most of them are either collections or hard to find discs. He had a taste for B grade horror flicks that later became cult followed films and many, many other discs including collections like the Disney classics, cartoon classics... ( he was a cartoonist and produced a number of feature animated films). ( I even got a black rubber rat signed by Ann Rice!). There are Bruce Lee collections, Clint Eastwood collections....way too many to list. They have all been played just one time....when he originally opened them to first see them and they were then put back into their covers and filed away. For a time I was selling these on line and getting as much as $50 each for them...( the rare ones like the B&W Steamboat Willie and early Betty Boop). I'd like to sell the entire collection and would sell them all in "as new" condition for $1 each! They can be shipped in 3 or 4 large boxes with media mail for about $15-$20 a box anywhere in the US. If you need a player for them I do have a Panasonic dual disc player that I might be willing to part with for near nothing to anyone wanting the entire collection. If you've never seen one of these video discs before, the picture and sound quality is excellent! If anyone is interested I can try to take some time and make a long list of what's in there, but I don't think anyone would be disappointed. I think "The Swamp Thing" and "Creature From the Black Lagoon"..( if it's still in there) sell for quite a bit if someone wants to take the time to sell them off one at a time. Your profit margin would be probably well over 10 times what you would be buying them for! I simply don't want to take the time to list them individually any more!
  7. So.... you think your sub really puts out bass...and you like it? This might just be something you'd be interested in. I have 2 of them and am giving away one. It an ADC subsonic equalizer / synthesizer model DSS-100. Basically it's a bass booster for half of the unit and a bass synthesizer for the other half. Any note or signal passing through it at 100hz or less has a signal synthesized at exactly half of that frequency and it is controlled by a slide switch on the left. On the right is just the bass boost. You can either select to go through your main amp with the output or go to a LF amp...your choice. If you want really gut busting bass this will do it....and it sounds quite good! This particular one has a bad bypass switch in it that has been wired in the "on" position.....and I used it for years that way just sliding the control all the way down when I wasn't using it. It works fine that way, but I just discovered a guy on Fleabay that was selling a switch that will fit it perfectly so I bought it. You mission......should you decide to accept....is to either continue using it the way I did or install the new switch yourself. As soon as it arrives I will send it to you. Your second "mission" is to try to stop your furniture from walking away when you use it! It is also missing the side screws for the cover...which are in a box with thousands of other "orphan" screws. I'm sure you can find some for it easily though....they're pretty standard. You won't hear that 10hz note, but you'll sure feel it!! Post if you'd like it.
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    For you bass lovers!

    That should rattle a few windows!lmao!
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    For you bass lovers!

    Thank you. That's funny... I did the effects on Family Ties for 4 seasons. He used to lose all of his weekly allowance to the grips playing gin rummy at lunch..... He was a great kid though.
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    For you bass lovers!

    Since I forgot to make any statement about selection if more than one wanted it I think I have to say Charlie....it's yours! PM me with your shipping info and I'll get it out to you. It might take a few days to get it packed up and shipped..or if you don't mind waiting for several days I can ship it with the new switch that I just bought for it. Let me know!
  11. I have 2 brand new 15" surrounds, glue and instructions that I am not using. They were listed originally as for a 15" Velodyne sub, but could possibly fit other 15" speakers. If anyone is interested in these please post and you are welcome to them. I paid about $20 each for them and they are still in their original boxes which I will combine into one unless more than one person wants them in which case I will split them and leave one in each box. Depending on demand I will ship these to whoever wants them. I'll leave these up for a week to see if anyone wants them. If I see more than 2 responses we can pick numbers.
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    Nice gadget for techs

    I have one here....not an electronic, but a stereoscope for working on Accutron watches. It was quite expensive when I purchased it, but it's the only way you can view several hundred teeth on a gear that is less than 1/4" in diameter. It's ridiculously difficult to use though since even it you put in something as small as a needle to move a part slightly the needle looks like a railroad spike in the scope..... almost impossible to use.
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    8 Ohm Dummy Load Karma

    Thank you so much! What a great gift to use for testing out the amps I've been working on. Some have been sitting for more than a year......time to get busy...! I really appreciate the generous gift!
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    Apple Karma

    Beautiful! In with 325... What a great offering!
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    8 Ohm Dummy Load Karma

    Gotta love those 200 watters and I already have a heat sink!!
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    8 Ohm Dummy Load Karma

    Thank you for the kind offering Dennis..... Yes... please count me in as well. That's the one piece of test gear I have never had and could certainly use!
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    Time for some Karma

    Beautiful offering...and it couldn't have gone to a nicer guy who I'm quite sure will make good use of it! Well done!
  18. What a gorgeous setup! Can you watch the wheel spinning around in your electrical power meter like a gyroscope when everything's running?lol PS... I don't have a manual for my 2 M500Ts, but don't feel the need for one. Better to go to someone more deserving.
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    Mis-placed topic

    The site looks great on the new server..... Excellent job and I'm sure it had to have been a "labor of love". It could not have been easy! Well done!
  20. Am I mistaken or did you just state that you don't know how or why a tube wears out?
  21. My opinions are based on my listening experiences...and they are just that....my opinions. They have nothing to do with your "measurements" or your opinions....which are yours. Others can form their own by whatever means they wish to. That's the beauty of an opinion. It is personal, individual and can be based on anything or nothing. That's why it's called an opinion..... 1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. 2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
  22. When it arrives could you possibly note some of the coupling and bypass cap values and brands used and perhaps any observations about the output transformers that are visibly apparent? I'd certainly appreciate it! I can also offer some various quads of tubes of different values to loan to you for testing if you don't already have them. I do have some original American made Tungsol 6550s from some older Dynaco Mk 3's that I used to have as well as some GE or RCA 6550's and various brands of KT88's ...Tesla and others and possibly a quad of EI KT90s. You're welcome to try any that you might not have on hand. I also have some Cryo Winged "C" KT88s or 6550s...( I'll have to check to see which they are...it's been a while since I've dug through my tube collection). I also have many brands of small tube models...some German and other foreign brands, (Tele's as well as others) as well as lots of American NOS brands. You're welcome to try any that you'd like to.
  23. Some might find this article interesting... I know that I did! http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/why-we-measure-audio
  24. I don't measure everything that I listen to. My opinions are based on what "I" hear. Others are welcomed to disagree. As once stated the the old film "Roadhouse"..... "opinions vary!"....( Whoops....almost misquoted a film I worked on...)
  25. From just a "listening" standpoint I have never heard any difference between cryo tubes and standards, but perhaps there are differences in longevity or other "measurable" differences. I don't believe that you can always "measure" what you hear.