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  1. My name is Paul and I'm new to the Carver world, and I love it. I have 2 M1.5ts and a TFM-24 I am currently refreshing. I also have a C-1 that I want to refresh as well. These are very interesting audio units! I'm not new to audio repairs but I am green when it comes to Carver gear. The way that it utilizes the power supply is something that I'm really into. Speaking of which, I am recapping one of the M1.5ts now and some of these 1uf 50V caps have way better specs than my new nichicons (They are new but it's what I had in stock)! The ESR on the old caps are half that of the new ones but that's up by the level meter circuitry so I figure they didn't get a lot of abuse. Should I order some new Low ESR 1uf 50V? I'm aware that this is important in power supply circuitry but here is it important? I do want the best performance I can get out of these amps. I tend to trade and buy and sell audio gear a lot. It's a great way to enjoy the different brands and designs over the years. Any suggestions with these refreshes would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to learning from you guys.
    9 points
  2. Hello everyone, I found your forum while googling info on refurbishing my hifi gear. I like to tinker and would rather fix somthing old than replace it. Its coming up on 40 years old so it's time for filter caps for sure. I have an M1.0t (inverting) and a C2 preamp I bought back around 1985. I also still have the same speakers (re coned a few times). Any opinions or tips would be welcome, like where to get parts etc. My guess is I'll find plenty of options and info once I dive into the discussions.
    9 points
  3. Thanks Rod. Viet is a brilliant young Phd and one of 7 great guys on our team. His day job is interfacing between NASA and SpaceX with the Starlink system. We had Viet's mentor review Bob's circuit designs for the V12, before production just as another set of eyes, that Viet thought were way more qualified than his own. His mentor studied Bob's design thoroughly and ran simulations on the circuits performance. He came back with results using words like "brilliant", "shows a lifetime of work lowing distortion in vacuum tube amplifiers", "best I have ever seen" "genius".. Viet says, "this is a true testament to the genius of Bob Carver, and he did this without using computer simulations"! A young guy like Viet found Bobs ability utterly amazing. Viet's genius mentor found himself humbled at the circuits performance. The V12 was a hand sketch from Bob in February. We came this far that fast.. Lots of zoom calls with Bob on styling and details not circuit related. Bob is back! A nothing less than world class will meet his standard for these legacy products. Our entire team are guys similar to Viet in their own fields. All aerospace audio geeks, building Bob's designs to aerospace type quality standards. They are the best team we could have. Most have had careers within the war machine. At least 2 were chief engineers. Companies they worked for include: Lockheed , Northrup, GE Aviation, Raytheon, NASA.. When Bob says its ready, we make it. We work with Bob every day. I talked to Bob and Peggy yesterday while Bob was getting a haircut. This was yesterday. Bob's legacy is safe, and his designs are being executed to the highest level of performance using all of the technology available in 2022.. The 285 amplifier will be another great design come to life.. No changes to Bobs design, but very low distortion, due to the manufacturing engineering and simulation abilities to check EMI, avoid voltage creep and other fine details. The 285 will make full power to 20Hz and then some. At 1 watt into 8 ohms, THD is .09%. At full power THD is .16%. We have the team to show the full potential of Bobs work and make him proud. Humbled to do the legwork for Bob.
    8 points
  4. Here is a new video featuring my boss. Bob Carver.
    7 points
  5. They were a pain to make but well worth the effort. Smoked them at 300 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes
    7 points
  6. Smoke Bacon wrapped cheese burger onion rings. Amazing
    7 points
  7. Chicken is done and bourbon is low.
    7 points
  8. Noted in "what did you do today..." , I went fishing Saturday, on Lake Superior. Put a Lake Trout and a Coho Salmon fillet on the grill - steamer style, with veggies...
    6 points
  9. I am somewhat hesitant to put this out there as it may make it even harder to find here in NC even though they do ship. Over the years I have tried many and Stubs was my fav before finding this. They used to have only one which is the original now but lately added some more flavor profiles and I found the Hot and Spicy to even be a little better. They are a small family operation in OK and you can find it easy in the 4 state area surrounding TX but they are trying to expand.
    6 points
  10. Great minds think alike … or in my case, hungry belly!
    6 points
  11. My turn. LOL. just threw these in the smoker. Had some beef and pepperjack cheese mix left over so I am going to smoke a couple burgers. Never tried smoking burgers before but I could imagine they should taste good.
    6 points
  12. Hi Guys, The last few months have been very busy. Our team has taken Bobs latest preamp design from sketch to reality since the last post. Reference Preamplifier Model - RPM V12 is heading into production. We are building the 1st 2 units for verification. I'll be taking one unit to Snohomish for testing with Bob, for any final changes and for his approval. Then we build 8 more beta units for customer trials before building a batch of 90 units. We just received a report from a 3rd party audio designer that is very respected mentor of one of our Phd level team members. Before going to production it was a good idea to let a 3rd party see if we overlooked anything. He examined Bobs design carefully and ran simulations to test the performance. His summary was, this is the highest performance vacuum tube preamp design he has ever seen. He said the THD numbers show a lifetime of commitment to lowering distortion in vacuum tubes, with numbers on par with excellent solid state designs. He was very impressed with Bobs work, using words repeatedly like "Best I have seen", "brilliant". You can imagine the boost the team received.. When guys that are considered genius are calling the design "Best" and "Brilliant", that feels really good. Bob is back strong and these legacy products will perform with the best out there at any price. The V12 will be a home run. Greatest designer, highest performance, High customer value among its peers. The V12 was a Bob Carver hand sketch in February. Here are some pictures. Following soon is the matching 285 amplifier. Here again 'Bob is back' and designed a beast.. 2X85 watts that will make full power all the way to 20Hz or below. It has the full width 17 inch chassis, due to the diameter of the transformers. It takes the full width chassis to fit the 3 large toroids side by side. Selling direct helps with pricing. We are shooting for $2995.
    6 points
  13. This isn't a funny Meme but wanted to share anyways.
    6 points
  14. Hello, I am an audiophile since more than 40 years. I buy usually only second hand equipments in order to have maximum quality for the price spent. I have 6 different audio and video systems at home, with also several 70s and 80s years products. My main system anyway has also more recent gears, with Quad ESL2912, Pre Cat SL1 Reinassance, power amp Sanders Magtech, sources MSB DAC IV, Michell Orbe with Eminent Technology ET2 and Cadenza Black. Now I am building a new system with Carver 1.0T and AR 10 pi greco.
    5 points
  15. For the technoids among us: https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/whats-on-the-bench-tonight-obt.372508/page-36#post-7001719 also: https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/whats-on-the-bench-tonight-obt.372508/page-39#post-7048001
    5 points
  16. Its been a year since I got the 4.0 from Greg and everything has been great. The sound, the power, and the ability to listen at any level with such clarity. Thanks again @Nahash5150for a very dependable and powerful unit.
    5 points
  17. Aye all, Been around and about here a few times before getting to make an account on here. Been slowly building up an audio setup to replace my old inadequate setup (a powered dual monitor setup with cheap phono preamp and cheaper AV selector with optical out) and found my way into getting my hands on a TFM-35 from a local trading post that specializes in AV hardware. In fact they had both a 35 and 35X which I was mulling over choosing for about a few weeks before deciding on the regular 35 due to it being of a more better physical condition cosmetically speaking. Even so I would like to see about covering up some of the edge scrapes and perhaps find the handles to this, not that these are dire things to me, but it would be nice to get in the long run to make this look nicer. The unit works and looks beautiful. The guy at the trading post also checks/repairs their hardware before it goes on the sale shelves and aside from some dust its in really good shape internally. The lights still work in the meter as well and are original which has me already considering putting LED's in them at some point soon but I am beside myself as to what I should use. I am hoping to have my setup be complete soon as there are only a few things left to get before I can finally hook this beauty up and experience some great sound. With that all said I have some questions I should get out right now 1.) Where does one obtain LED's/kits for the Carver units? I have seen one kit pop up but it was just as a comparison kit to replace the bulbs. 2.) What kind of colour LED's look best for this? (I know its subjective to ask but I am pulled between Blue and Green, however I am worries about visibility and them being too bright to the point that it may be distracting/hard to see the meter with how bright it could be). 3.) I live on the east coast and while I know my way around a soldering iron quite a bit (Aside from console mods and some other projects I collect and restore vintage computers/tech in my collection). I heard these Amps have a bit of a "mystical" property of repairing them in that only a handful of professionals should be considered when looking to repair/modify any of these units. Is this in fact true or is it just intimidation from those who do not understand how to repair tech? If the former is the case is there any confirmed people of reference on this coast that I could bring my amp in to service if I need to? 4.)If I decide to touch up the cosmetic scratches on the unit is there any recommendation for use? I am sure I have more questions down the road for this as its my first time going down this road with audio, but its been one I have been thinking and planning about for years now. I am glad to finally be almost there and that this Carver will be the strong arm of my setup! Thank you for having me here!
    4 points
  18. I love this song! The #1 hit by Barbara Lewis in 1963 brings back a lot of memories for us old guys. And I think Ms Lewis would approve of this marvelous and faithfully rendered 1977 cover:
    4 points
  19. 7 hour smoked pork butts at 225 in my electric smoker I built. Happy fathers day to all.......
    4 points
  20. A little Fathers Day smoking going on today. Top Round, Pork Neck for a little snack, Pepperjack Burgers, and smoking some fat to render and inject into a brisket I will do in a couple weeks. Happy Fathers Day to all.
    4 points
  21. Gonna smoking some top round steaks, hamburgers, and some pork fat to make tallow to inject into the brisket that is next on the smoker.
    4 points
  22. What's so great about this idea is you can change the taste in so many ways. Different cheese's, different bacon, also the onions. Along with different smoke and BBQ sauce. I love it.
    4 points
  23. I tell you this. Those smoked burgers are the bomb. So damn good with the pepper jack cheese and smoke flavor.
    4 points
  24. Don't laugh, but I have a 20+ year old Weber with rotisserie attachment. I keep rebuilding it when the parts begin to need it, but nothing grills like it - the new grills suck (my opinion) compared to the American Made Weber from 20 years ago... (new ones are not the same, BIL has a new one, doesn't function as well as mine). The best thing about it is the rotisserie. Love that attachment for chicken, and more. The Rotisserie is the original "set it and forget it" cooking device, IMHO. Those chickens look incredible - can almost taste them.
    4 points
  25. I used to work the graveyard shift at a winery and the Mexicans would all secretly work through their breaks to make up the time for one of them to cook dinner each night. One gentleman bbq'd marinated beef tongue tacos on his turn and they were amazing. Years later my wife took me to a Bakersfield Basque restaurant she frequented as a child, one of the dishes was pickled beef tongue. It too was amazing. Apparently beef tongue is amazing.
    4 points
  26. I was thinking about the SMOKEHOUSE today too. Those chickens look delicious. I am doing up some short ribs and a tongue tomorrow. I never smoked a tongue before so this should be interesting.
    4 points
  27. Ahh, Tim the master has responded. He does the really good stuff. I am a mere amateur.
    4 points
  28. Its the weekend so about time to revive the Ol' Smokehouse!!! I have a buddy coming into town today and we always like to listen to cool jazz, sip bourbon and BBQ in my back yard. Another bud will join us. Both big eaters so smoking two chickens. The one guy is single so he will take one home with him. I use a dry rub of basil, thyme, Spike seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. I tear off the skin and rotis two 5 lb. chickens for about 2 hours with mesquite chips in my DCS BBQ on medium. Will follow with photo of finished bird if the bourbon doesn't win.
    4 points
  29. @Receiver2000 For determining the rating that is required for a generator there are a few things that must be determined. First, what are the appliances and their load that will be connected to the generator? For example, I’ve put together this list. Running and starting/surge watts will vary depending on where you source the data. Running watts Starting/surge watts Toaster 850 W 850 W Refrigerator / Freezer 700 W 2,200 W Hot Plate 1,200 W 1,725 W Laptop 50 W 0 W Lamp (2 Light bulbs) 150W 0 W Window AC (10,000 BTU) 1,200 W 3,600 W Total Running Watts = 4,150 W Total Starting watts = 8,375 W For this case I need to source a generator that has the capability of providing at minimum of 8,375 surge watts and 4,150 running watts. Also not taken into account is what is my safety factor? It is recommended to maintain a load at or below 90% of the rated output to ensure steady voltage output and to prolong the generator’s lifespan. So based on this I would look at a unit that has 4615 running watts and 9310 surge watts at a minimum. If it’s a dual fuel unit that allows the user to switch between Gas and propane one will need to check out the surge and running watts for each. Also one spec that they give sometimes is what the half load runtime is for a full tank of gas. Don’t know what the equivalent is for when you are on propane or some alternate fuel. Some manufactures have different methods of calculating the starting/surge watts.
    4 points
  30. The Sergio Mendez & Brasil 66 version , 1968 I think, is a touchstone. I imagine this concert version would've been a captivating Wow!
    3 points
  31. champion, original, and Smokey mountain I can recommend those, not sure on the others.
    3 points
  32. I thought exactly the same thing until I took the first bite… yep BBQ would totally work was my first reaction
    3 points
  33. I used sweet white onions. I used a fairly thick bacon and would, for me, change to a thinner bacon. Definitely great flavor, it took a bit for me to get the bacon crispy through and through. (Although I use a fairly cheap electric smoker … so maybe over a flame might change my results). I will definitely do it again though. Thank you @Pat Adams! I always appreciate the sharing community. I tend to get caught up in the same things over and over … Change is good 👍
    3 points
  34. Man … once again, you guys all make me look like a rookie 😆 Not sure how adventurous y’all are … but for those looking to do a quick little smoke before some serious meat. I tried this recipe of Hickory smoked, Jalapeño stuffed Deviled Eggs. Man are they good!!! https://heygrillhey.com/smoked-deviled-eggs/ WARNING … if you are taking these to a party as your dish to pass, take ALOT … they go quick!
    3 points
  35. Same here @AndrewJohn I think my mother used to boil it and leave the damn tastebuds on it. LOL I will smoke it then skin it. My neighbor is from Mexico and they gave me some pointers. All I did was oiled all the meat with olive oil and ground up the black pepper and coarse salt. Also added a little Jack Daniel's Steak rub for the heck of it. Tongue is in the middle. My wife wanted part of it so she can experiment with it. She never tried tongue before. Ribs are all around with various cuts and carvings. I will be using Hickory and Cherry logs for the smoke.
    3 points
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