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  1. Guy and Gals, Special offer for site followers, I have a new pair of Raven Black 350s that got through the build with 2 small paint imperfections (see close up picture). They are new with full factory warranty of 15 years including 15 years on the vacuum tubes. They have never been used. Factory authorized dealer. The imperfection is not visible from more than a couple feet away if you know it is there. Here is a very rare chance to get a brand new pair of Bob Carver 350 watt Mono Blocks for the price of preowned 305s. $6500 includes shipping in the continental USA.. CCs and PP accepted. Call me 815 323 0898 Jim.
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    Clearing the air / Russ Kall merchandise.

    Sorry for a poor choice of words. The word hack was not proper. It was meant as modification of another design. I'm truly sorry if that was perceived as having anything to do with quality. No Greg. I do not know RussK although I offered him a place to show his faceplates for sale. I also show the link to your site here at CS. Also a link to CA site. Also a link to Bobs site. The MKII and your loyalty to Rich is commendable. The topics like this one and the past fighting between CS,CA, now again RussK, is behavior that is not reflective of the man who's name you display.. When stoping by and reading post like this, It just bothers me.. Understood this is the MKII site and thats great, but consider the guy who's name you display, just a little.
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    Clearing the air / Russ Kall merchandise.

    Exactly.. If the man himself doesn't have any heart ache, how can anyone else. If your a guy with a MKII mod or a guy with a black face plate he won't care, more than asking you about what you did and how it was done. Those patents are long expired anyway, but the point is Bob isn't offended by people modding his stuff. If meeting RichP or RussK he would certainly be supportive of both (even if Russ had issues with a mod) and not defensive in the least. After all, they all have his name on them.
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    Clearing the air / Russ Kall merchandise.

    Those are very selfless and commendable choices.
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    Clearing the air / Russ Kall merchandise.

    If the MKII design is not under patent if patentable (who knows) and the logo isn't trade marked, and its open public info. then how can anyone feel liable for the work of someone else? Any Cleatus (sorry Cleatus) with a roll of acid core solder and a propane torch may think he can do it. Hell, a guy wanted to launch himself it a rocket made of oil drums last month to prove the earth flat.. To feel like you have an ax to grind will Kall or anybody else, that may screw up a MKII is one hell of a beast of burden to carry imho.. When you do MKIIs the parts alone eat much of the income. And then to be servicing someone else work and feeling liable, when everyone has access to the info.. I can understand the bitterness. Consider that you have no control of the info. and no way to control who uses it and what the end result will be. This also means you have no liability for the results of others.. I don't know Mr Kall, but most people are capable of learning from mistakes.. You can take responsibility for the MKII mod as if it is your "product" if you think it is wise, but OMG why would you? If you just enjoy the work and you are independently wealthy than OK.. Do you really need to carry the weight of anyone else mistakes? The effort is admirable. To say that Russ modified Riches design.. Modified the modification? Again where's the claim to rights or liability ? The original design was Bobs and everyone involve is hacking up his design for their own purpose and product in actuality. MKII and the marketing as a product while open source and feeling liability for the work of others ..Wow, that seems like whole bunch of weight to carry.. If patents and/or trademarks are not an option or worth persuading. Then it may be best to relax and just be responsible for your work or those in your chosen group..
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    Carver Reference System

    Thank you very much for showing such a wonderful Bob Carver creation.. The build portion was also great. The work of Tubular Joe is art and watching your build was a joy. The current Crimson/Raven 350s are also hand built by Joe. The build quality is fantastic on everything Joe builds. True American craftsmanship, 2nd to none.. Thanks again Doc! The ALS with tube amps has an amazing ability to "listen to the room" as Bob calls it, and correct, as magical as it sounds.. After experiencing this ability in a hotel room at Axpona, it was a joy and a great surprise. In the Dr's room, that system would sound unhindered by room size. Close you eyes and the walls are gone. I can't speak for the Dr but sure have seen the ALS at work, and it works like Bob says. 3 days in a small hotel room, watching people close their eyes and get big smiles on their faces. Bet DrKs room is breathtaking to experience.
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    Itch's Main Audio and Home Theater System

    Beautiful System Steve. Thanks for sharing.
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    mbskeam's System

    Awesome Mike!! Thanks for sharing.
  9. Sorry. That was not the intent. Was just offering to demo so the OP could draw his own opinions, since sharing opinions is also an issue.
  10. I hesitate to give opinions because they are opinions and that is perception. I'm not prepared or able to gather measurements and invest the time, but oh well, I throw my experiences out there. The C1 is an excellent value and is a high end preamp. It can be bought for a fair price and restored or modified to perform very well. Although using opamps in its design it performs very well. Opamps generally (generally) result in increased noise levels, but reduce the cost of a producing the product instead of the generally quieter/higher performance discrete design. For the cost of a C1 plus upgrade, depending on if you can DIY or have to pay labor, can be a great performance for the money, a real value especially if you enjoy Sonic Holography. If you pay full price for a used unit and then pay a tech to mod it, then you have to ask yourself if the total cost is still the best value. Thats too many variables and is individual choice. Are there better sounding preamps for more money? Absolutely. I have a few examples here at Jim Clark Stereo - A Bob Carver Showcase. If anyone is near Northern IL. over the summer, I would be happy to demonstrate a variety of vintage and new preamp and you can hear for yourself. While you are at it you can hear the latest products from Bob Carver. No sales pressure at all, but if you are a long time fan of Bob Carver, you owe it to yourself to hear his latest products. Bob is doing the greatest work of his life and every fan should experience it. It would be my pleasure to share Bobs work with you. While being opinions, I'm happy to demo different design types so you can compare for yourself and develop an opinion of your own, without buying anything. We could go from 1960s Dynaco Pass3X to C1, C1 BillD, C11, 4000T, Threshold FET 10 up to a new $6000 PS Audio BHK preamp.. About a 55 year time span of preamp designs that could be seen and heard in one location. Almost like a slice or sliver of audio history while visiting a dealer of the new products. Someone asked if showing off the vintage Carver products would create competition for the new Bob Carver products, because the vintage gear is such a great value for the performance it offers. That is a good question. The answer is no I'm not.. The new Bob Carver products are that good. Absolutely Amazing! Don't take my word for it, come hear for yourself. Your opinion is the only important one and this is the best help I can give.
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    So I Guess Knives Are Next ?

    It not a gun problem. Knives work. Trucks and cars work well to kill people. The method for killing is not the issue in any of this. The problem seems to be mental health, and a western way of life that seems to be driving people into madness. There is some pressure that comes with living in a society that has increasing consumption as the core of its survival. Looking at the federal budget we can see what ever increasing consumption looks like and many know this is not sustainable. Hate to be so negative but its similar to the Titanic when the boat starts to tilt and the rats start to run uphill. Some of the rats are getting crazy and going into panic. The method of killing, gun, car, whatever, is just a distraction, a way of not talking about the real human issues that need attention. Just opinion.
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    Best Karma Ever!

    Sounds like a man that is seeing the "big picture" to me.
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    Best Karma Ever!

    Impressive friend you have Kevin. Congrats!!
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    dm55 Is Going To Be A Grandpa

    Congrats Dennis! The baby is already blessed with a really cool grandfather!