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  1. None taken. My gear selections are not for most people but I'd like to think it's come together quite well. Digital resolution through a variety of sources is very good, almost on par with analogue. I knew I was on to something when this fellow raves over it ray That is what makes the Fest an event not to be missed. We hear a lot about what different folks say on the 'net about what they hear but on the mountain you can see and hear their ideas put into practice. Every year I bring something home someone has taught me that makes my listening experience all the better. There are a lot of ideas put forth I'd never thought of that have made me a better listener. Not to mention the exposure to tunes and artists I've not considered. My kind of learning experience.
  2. I prefer Vinyl but I borrow CDs from the local library and rip them to an SSD Drive create a mirror and press on. TheNewOfficeRig(tm) is a Carver rig but mostly driven from my PC through a Schiit Modi multibit DAC. My Schiit supports RedBook to 192k. I use VLC for hirez support and Media player for rips ‘cause it’s there/free and easy to use. At home my rig is far more sophisticated. Storm Trooper PC to Schiit Yggdrasil to EAR Yoshino V20 to modded Spatial Audio M3s. Other owners and many reviewers claim Yggdrasil resolves music not recovered by any other DAC. I have found that to be true in my system. I whole heartedly suggest a listen if you get the chance. On the the Vinyl I use several tables and arms but use a Grado Statement Master1Cardas litz wire in front of a Fosgate Signature phono pre across each platform. The synergy of this rig is nothing short of amazing. Even with just 24watts a channel it brings a smile to my face every time I fire it up. ray
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    Sad Day...

    Damn, Kevin sorry to hear it. PM me your address and I'll send you any 2nd copies I have. ray
  4. My girls are forever asking me to turn the TV down. Their hearing is waay better than mine. I continue to be surprised how often they can identify a system change and not know I've acquired a new component ahead of time. They've been around hifi enough to recognize good from marginal. Shaylee, my oldest twin, asked for a record player for Christmas. My work is done with them ray
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    FS: various crap

    Travis, will you take $125 for the 'phones? ray
  6. Please provide scientific information that describes what this process does and how it could benefit vaccum tubes. I cryo brake and machined engine parts on my race bikes. Many parts of my new engine build will be cryo'd after they're machined...then re examined to verify spec. My cryo'd brake rotors last almost 20,000 miles longer in my daily drivers than the same part without the cryo process, suggesting the material becomes less susceptible to wear. They also appear not to rust as quickly. Many tube companies offer the process for their more expensive tube product lines. ray
  7. Jozefína Lichtenegger is the owner of EAT, a Czech Republic company claiming to build the best tubes in the world. I'd love to hear some of their stuff. At $500 each for a KT 88 I think it's a bit pricey with my engine build and all here is the addy for their web page. they certainly cater to the high-end crowd http://www.europeanaudioteam.com/ ray I can't get Bob or anyone else to comment on which tube sounds the best in the CF amp.....although Jess is a huge fan of the 6550 and I do have some vintage 6550s I bought a while back to roll into it.
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    This space for rent

    Jim, I think this spot is the ad space you need for your fledgling audio biz. ray
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    What are your hobbies beside HiFi?

    B-Man and Maddmaster....that's what I'm talking about!!! Enthusiasm ray On my way to the speed shop now. Doing my leg work. Picking up the 340X heads this weekend 'if' I can get hardened seats installed. just got back from the machine shop, they can install the hardened seats...for a price of course. Now to get some assurances from Gavin that I'm not pissing my hard earned $$ away if they're fuckd up some other way.
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    What are your hobbies beside HiFi?

    fluidcool, I'm a 'Vette fan too. I'm my youth I owned a '68 L-88 convertible, '72 T-top car and a 1998 coupe. ray
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    What are your hobbies beside HiFi?

    I live in Bucyrus, a little north of Columbus. Thanks for the invite. I'll try to make it down once the weather turns and the track opens. ray
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    What are your hobbies beside HiFi?

    The Dodge 360 arrived at my office Friday. Oh yeah, it's a mess. But at least it has not been out in the weather. Tomorrow I'll get stared on the cleanup and prepare for the tear down. It has to be scrubbed and lathered down with penetrating oil to assist the tear down. As you'll recall I bought some workbench reference manual on rebuilding and stroking the Mopar small blocks. I'm beginning to formulate a rebuild plan for the motor. I've solidified the bottom end(short-block) will be competition forgings making it scalable to almost any extent down the road. I decided not to mod the RV heads at this time and I'm picking up a set of 340 X heads this week. The plan is to clean up the bowls, port match and polish the runners. I'll need to have the guides cut down to accept the larger lift from the roller cam. These heads flow really well and will be a great addition to the build and the cost of the X heads plus machine work is just a tad more than the RV heads and there is much greater potential in the X heads. I acquired a Dana 60 rear end with 3.55 gears for some EI gold pin tubes I had on hand. SCORE!! While I'm a huge fan of the Torqueflight 727s, I'm still trying to find an overdrive trans that will handle the additional horsepower or some lower gears <3.23 that will get the highway revs and noise down to acceptable level if I ever expect Sherry to get in the car.I've come up with a paint scheme for the exterior that's unique too!So all i need is a car.ray
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    Carver 350 Tube Mono Blocks

    Congrats on the new toys Itch! Very Nice! Warm 'em up and let loose. If your ears aren't bleeding....turn it up ray
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    What are your hobbies beside HiFi?

    After BrianT remarked he built a late '70s Camaro I thought about building a Cheby but everyone is doing it. They're putting LS motors in Mustangs and Darts. Travesty I say! Bet that was a fun build Brian. Today I'm putting together the 1000lb engine stand I bought yesterday. 2 of my reference books came yesterday. I spent the better part of last evening with my nose in them. Lots of good stuff. rayThen I found this.....ugly as hell but VERY RARE Looking at it Saturday