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Hi,

 

Decided to get back into audio last summer.  Got a set of Klipsch Epic CF-2 to get me rolling, I had fallen out of love with my B&W DM630s, which I was pushing with a Nak AV-7.  I recapped the 630s and that got me started on the electronics side of things.  Decided to get components to replace the Nak.  Got a Carver M1.0t and needed a pre.  Found a CT-17, but that came with an A500X (see where this is going...).  Have 2 C-1s, both of which I aquired as "broken", "fixed" them with deoxit (love that stuff), and then BillD'd.  Also picked up an orphaned TFM-25 and just got an M500t.  Also recently did a parts Express speaker build and picked up a set some Heresy, a few TTs...  Hey, I think most of us have been there...

 

The TFM-25 has chassis issues, plastic is brittle at the front so I stopped the recap at the big ones.  The M500t has a DOA meter (haven't tried swapping them yet but it's not at zero, ever), and I'd like to MKII it at some point, but the sound - it's probably my favorite of the bunch. 

 

Anyway, that's me. 

 

Oh - almost forgot.  I built an arduino based remote volume for C1 that sits outside the unit - no physical mods required.  That was fun...

 

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Welcome! Sounds like you have got the bug! I think you will love this site, many members in pursuit of better sound! Can't wait to see pics of your set up!

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Well, it sounds you have all the symptoms of a Carver guy. We share our sorrows here. And um, yah our pleasure of this sport too. Either way, you came to a great place to learn about your equipment, and lots more. Welcome.

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Hello mydogbart, and welcome to thecarversite.com. We're glad you're hear. ;) There is a lot of information here, much technical know how, and a pretty good bunch of folks that are happy to help.

 

That's quite a collection of goodies that you've acquired. Obviously the OCCD bug is alive and well. I think you'll like it here!


Once you get the needed permissions, please consider uploading some pics of all your goodies in the Members Systems area. We all like pics of all kinds of audio gear.


So kick your shoes off, turn up the music, and welcome aboard.

 

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WOW, that's some serious mod/project work - in addition to the OCCD collecting.

 

Welcome to the site.

 

Pictures?  would love to see the gear - and that Arduino..., nice!

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Thanks for the warm welcome. 

 

The arduino remote is a nano on a build board with power supply, an ir receiver with remote, a stepper motor with a sprocket, aluminum bracket with felt on the bottom, and the key piece to tie it together and move the volume knob - rubber band. I’ll post pics when allowed.  PM for source code. 

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I see it's FAR too late to warn you of the foibles of OCCD, so I'll just add my encouragement and welcome, instead.  :D

 

I only hope you aren't looking for support in limiting the addiction, because if you are, you are REALLY in the wrong place.  ;)   No worries, there I think - that's quite the amazing collection and clearly some serious talent in restoring pieces that others have not been so kind to.

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Sorry for the delay all, and there might be better places for this in the forum, but here are some pics...

 

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Living room system - A-500X (unmolested), CT-17 (PS Recapped), Random Denon CD player, Computer with Tidal and Dragonfly Black, Pioneer PS-X55 with decent old ADC cart, Bose 10.2.

 

The speakers actually sound half decent - it's a tricky room...

 

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Bedroom system MXR-130 to Bluetooth, Parts Express Matrix Tritrix which sound way better than they have a right to, but kinda suck in this positioning.  Keeping my eyes peeled for some Ohm Walsh 2s.  Don't come around in these parts much...

 

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Office system where I do most of my listening...

Left to right - Heresey 1 (Recapped), Epic CF-2 (cross-braced)  Pioneer PL-7 with Ortofon low end cart, TX-2, M500-t (recapped, 5 way plugs, meter repaired by @Nahash5150, Blue LED), C-1 (Billd, Arduino remote volume), TFM 25 (recapped, blue LED), Media PC with Tidal, Pro-Ject Prebox S2 Digital

 

Here's a peek at the remote volume:

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Seriously half-assed or steampunk?  Who cares.  Don't judge me.  I have remote volume control.  The joystick is for controlling the volume locally.

 

Can send the Arduino sketch (code) if you want - PM me.

 

Also have an M1.0t that I bought recapped and a C-1 I repaired and Billd'd.  The C-1 "repair" was done with deoxit.  Amazing how many ebay busted devices are "fixed" with that stuff.  Seriously...


Basically, nothing interesting happened with any of the recaps.  One time on the TFM I forgot to discharge the big caps - luckily it was all "sound and fury. Signifying nothing".  Lesson learned.  Another lesson - check the bridge mono switch.  First serious listen it sounded odd so I spent a bunch of time checking my work only to realize I'd bumped the switch in the back to mono.  Anyone else ever do that?  Oh, and there was the busted Zener on the M500t here:

 

So far this has been the only value I can add and folks here have been awesome with questions I've had.

 

I'll have some cool stuff coming later this weekend on my trials and tribulations working through MXR-130s.  Look for a tale of 3 MXR-130s coming soon...

 

-Bill

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Nice Pics  WOW, you have a lot of gear..., Love it!  😜

 

Moderators,

I nominate this member for some stinkin' badges!  Not sure which ones,

but surely, there's one or two he should be sporting under his avatar!

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Yeah - I've been meaning to sell some off but I have it bad.  Some will go to College with my kids. 

 

Also fixed a Craigslist Yamaha CR-640.  That was a fun one...

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8 hours ago, mydogbart said:

Seriously half-assed or steampunk?  Who cares. 

 

No matter which, it's totally cool.  Love your innovation.  😎

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