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  1. I grew up with my dad in public relations and advertising. One of the things I remember most from him helping me with any kind of public speaking was that rather than saying "um" or "ah" when you were giving a presentation or even just speaking with someone was not say anything at that point until you knew what came next.....simply pause for a moment. Not only does it sound more professional than a lot of "ahhs" and "ums"....it demonstrates that you are actually thinking about what you are saying and makes you appear more thoughtful with your speech or presentation than having to interject meaningless words for lack of the next correct ones. PS... My daughter went through the "like" stage in high school for a year or so. She's now a PHD, voted "Educator of the year" for the state of Washington last year and a professor at Seattle university. She gives presentations all around the country and some worldwide. The "like" thing disappeared years ago! Did I "browbeat" her about it?...absolutely, with little effect, but it just faded away on it's own after a while.
  2. There's another site???😮🤣
  3. So glad you finally beat some sense into that server company.. (whoops....just saw the real issue....my bad. I thought it was the server company's fault). Sure is nice to have a "home" again.... Great job Greg! Can't understand why anyone would be terribly impatient when you have no control over a problem, but I'm certainly happy to see the site up again and I know it must have been a huge struggle to get things set straight. My admiration to you and all involved with getting everything up and running again!
  4. @DaddyJT "Can you share the impedance of the volume pot? Remote volume is a deal-breaker for me, and curious of the possibility of modding it..." × Hi.... We use the ALPs 20K although we have also used a 100K with good results as well, although the 100K is a bit more sensitive at the bottom end and the 20K seems a bit more linear...no difference in sound though...only in the volume settings for the unit. We already have a remote kit that can easily be added to the unit and quite possibly our next model will include it, but the power transformer I had custom built for this unit already has extra taps at 6v, 9v and 12v for adding any options that might be needed. The remote we found has power on and off, mute and volume. It already has the motorized ALPs pot on it and it fits perfectly into our face plate. It requires 5 volts to run it and the 6 volt tap from our transformer will work perfectly since the remote board already has a 7805 5 volt regulator built in. The only thing that needs to be changed aside from the volume control is the main power switch that we have. It needs to be changed to a momentary switch instead of a latching switch. Fortunately we planned ahead on this and the switch we use is already available in both latching and momentary. Change that out and add the remote kit and one power relay which is controlled by the remote board (the relay costs less than $10) and there you have it. Easy squeezy. I'd estimate several hours to do the complete changeover.
  5. Because of the delays we experienced with some parts and shipping boxes our initial sales got off to a rather late start...half way through the 1 month sale originally planned. I have convinced JG to extend the sale for another 2 weeks....until the 15th of April to make up for the 2 weeks of lost time at the beginning of the sale. Either JG or I can be contacted for more information. Thank you for the support we have so far received! FXB
  6. Because of the delays we experienced with some parts and shipping boxes our initial sales got off to a rather late start...half way through the 1 month sale originally planned. I have convinced JG to extend the sale for another 2 weeks....until the 15th of April to make up for the 2 weeks of lost time at the beginning of the sale. Either JG or I can be contacted for more information. Thank you for the support we have so far received! FXB
  7. Thank you guys so much! Good thing there's no cake here today....it would look like the photos depicted here!
  8. Great Karma.... I have 4....and with JG 2 of them are almost always in constant use with our preamps... Not in, but a nice deal for anyone who doesn't have one! They're invaluable for shrink.....also good for defrosting older freezers!lol
  9. Great Karma Barry.... Not in, but congrats to your brother...his B'day is one day before mine! If I had to pick o a prime it would be 2, but leave that open for anyone else.
  10. The Alps pot you're looking for is the 27mm Size Metal Shaft Type RK271 Series ALPS and is available in many resistance values. We have used both the 20K and 100K and had excellent results with either. Do not order the stepped fixed resistor ladder type that you can get on eBay for about $6. The steps were too wide apart for our purposes and it was not always possible to get the exact volume that we wanted with it. One step might be too low and the next step would jump to being too high. It might work just fine for your use though. The ones we use cost about $10-$15 on eBay and there are only a few sellers in the US who stock them. Most sellers have the cheaper stepped units. They look very much alike, but the stepped units usually have a fixed loudness tap on them giving them 4 terminals for each section. They're still quality pots, but lack the flexibility of the infinitely variable Alps which only has the normal 3 terminals per section. There are also fake ones out there that are not truly made in Japan. Check feedback on whoever you purchase one from! We order ours directly from the manufacturer to ensure that we have the real deal. We do have some stepped units here that we originally purchased since I normally like fixed resistor "ladder" typed volume controls. We can sell you one at cost if you think you'd like to try one. It might be fine for your purposes.
  11. I think you'll find that the silver anode 6N2's are going to sound as good or better than any 12AX7 you can sub in it, but I'll be very interested in hearing what your experiences are! They have a lower floor noise and lower microphonics of most 12AX7's and are rated at up to 10K hrs of use. The bottom end is also supposed to be better as well. The single 6N1 can be directly subbed with a 6DJ8. We tried several brands including Bugle Boys and the 6N1 sounded better...( to us anyway). Interesting thread here...... https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/tubes-valves/65548-6922-vs-6n1p-bass-response.html
  12. Fantastic Karma... Thank you for the offering! Having never owned a Carver preamp, I'm in with 31.
  13. Having never heard one and looking for the "perfect" lower power Carver amp since I don't need much to drive my speakers and the fact that I love amps with meters, please count me in! What a generous offer!
  14. I just started a thread about these adapters and their use that includes some info about the 6N1 and 6N2 tubes and rolling tubes in the preamp.
  15. There are adapters available to allow extensive tube rolling the the new preamplifier. They're available on Fleabay for a nominal cost. These adapters can be used to roll 12AX7's in place of the 6N2's and/or to use12AU7's in place of the 6N1 tube. Our preamp case height was specifically designed to allow room to use these adapters without any height restrictions placed on them. Also...in most cases the 6DJ8 can be used as a sub for the 6N1 directly although the gain is slightly different. In these cases with the 6DJ8 or 12AX7's and 12AU7's ( with adapters ), it's all subjective as is the case with all tube rolling. To each his own although we have tried many combinations with excellent tubes and brands and have both felt that the "EV' or "EB" series 6N1's and 6N2's have a better sound than anything else we've tried....and the prices on these is far less than on most other tubes since they can be purchased from Russian surplus dealers. Just make sure that you insist on the "EB" or "EV" suffix to the tube. They are the extended life...( greater than 5000 hours and greater than 10,000 hours in some cases ) and the ultra low floor noise level and low microphonic models. They are extremely quiet with exceptional tonal qualities. The "OTK" printed on the tube signifies the quality control "stamp of approval" signifying that they were approved for military use and are of the highest build quality and specifications. Silver plated anodes and triple mica units are the most desirable, but also a bit more costly and harder to find. ( When I say more costly...they are still far below the price of any quality 12AX7 you can purchase...less than $10 per tube in most cases and as low as $5 per tube in some cases. )
  16. Thank you Brian... I seem to recall that he said that's what it was..., but it didn't look like any Gecko I'm familiar with. He (she) is very friendly although quite shy, but has a big tail that looks like a stack of inner tubes glued together! It has a really fat tail, but has blues and reds and lots of pretty colors on it. It just sits there hiding under one of the logs all day. He used to handle it all the time though. My last experience with a lizard was with an Iguana named "Iggy" that my daughter had when she was about 12. It was small when we got it and you could easily handle it. After it got to be about 3 feet long though even though you could still pick it up and it was friendly it would scratch the heck out of you when it wanted to run up your arm. The claws on it were like razors. I finally had to give it away. It was getting too big for our terrarium! Just looked them up....yes...that's what it is....and they live 20 years! I definitely need to find it a home!
  17. OK.... Need a little help here. A non paying downstairs tenant moved out owing me quite a bit of money....several months worth and just left everything....nothing of any value, but also left this, which I've been keeping alive since he left. What is it? It's very colorful...doesn't show in the photos, but has a really fat tail, is about 8 inches long and eats dried meal worms. What's it worth and does anyone want it? I have 2 pups and no use for it....I already have enough native snakes around here to cope with! HELP!
  18. Thank you... 40 years in the Industry after 10 with IBM gives me a lot of time to have experienced many, many fascinating incidents! Working with Audrey Hepburn in her last film was one of my best. I had the opportunity to sit alone with her and chat for almost 45 minutes. I've always felt that it was one of the highlights of my career. What an incredible lady she was! Another was working with Dolly Parton on "Rhinestone" when she came out in a bathrobe covering her low cut sequined gown. She walked straight over to the 4 of us working effects on the show, opened up her gown and said... " I thought you effects boys ought to be the first one to see my titties tonight"! What a funny, down to earth sweetheart she was...and is.
  19. Very true.....surplus scopes were not available back then. It wasn't until I started with the studios in the late 70's that we actually started hiring guys who knew electronics and could make circuits with transistors and TTL logic that could blink lights and such. I was one of the first 5 people hired by Universal to start on the original Battlestar Galactica with Lorne Green...and then Buck Rogers and Knight Rider. Before then everything was built by carpenters since it was originally a carpenter's union for set construction. Even the early effects men were basically carpenters who had some other mechanical knowledge. They had some rather ingenious ways of doing things that were actually quite easy if you knew electronics, but most of the movies before then never really required any of that....westerns, mysteries, dramas, etc. When I started it was the beginning of a whole new era for special effects and even more years before PC's and CGI had even been imagined. 1983 with "War Games" was the first huge show that actually had major electronics in it. It took almost a year to film and PC's were still just a dream. It took several more years before the first IBM PC came out. We were using Apples and even the "toys are us" Commodores with DOS to accomplish simple things....cassette tapes and all!lol I saw unbelievable changes in the almost 40 years I was with the studios.
  20. I have a Tek roll around cart that puts the scope at bench height and at a 45 degree angle plus has a shelf below for other equipment is anyone wants it.....unfortunately it's rather large and does not come apart. It would have to be a local pickup. I don't use it though. It's the same Tek blue color and goes well with the scope...( although it's been sitting outside for a time... I think it's fine though...).
  21. Great Karma!!! I just replaced my Tek scope and have a sine wave audio generator, but this should make life a lot easier and more fun to have for anyone needing them!!! Anyone who gets them should be thrilled. Early movie trivia..... O'scope screens in very early movie days used a piece of colored string loosely strung behind a plastic or glass screen. An air nozzle then blew a stream of air down the length of the string which then produced a nice "sine wave" and was illuminated from the rear down the string. You could vary the sine wave with different angles or pressure of the air stream! True story.....
  22. My daughter and friend live in Seattle. I'd love to see some photos if possible! Thanks for posting.
  23. Oh crap.... I thought I could flirt with Raven privately here!🙄
  24. This is nice....since many of my posts are off topic anyway!lol Thanks for doing this Greg!
  25. 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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