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  1. Hello all! I hope you're enjoying the Carversite! and all it has to offer. The current Administrators are: B-Man - Administrator Sk1bum - Community Administrator Nahash5150 - Tech Staff The current Moderators are: Compwaco - Chief Global Moderator DennisMiller55 - Content Manager Charlie - Global Moderator Kve777 - Global Moderator An Administrator's job is to protect the community. Admins also assign medals/badges, approve new arrivals, organize the boards, moderate threads, assign roles, maintain the database, enforce the rules, and manage complaints. They also present ideas to the leadership for possible implementation. Moderators keep the boards safe and fun. Moderators are not here to stifle free-speech, arm-twist or intimidate participants. They ensure that threads are kept organized and remain on-topic, and as active participants themselves, preserve the spirit of the community. Moderators, like the Admins, are here for you so that you feel welcome to share and participate without the worry of being harassed or flamed for it. If you have just signed up, then you are Inbound rank. You have limited access and you can't upload files yet. In order to advance to basic membership, you need over 6 positive reputation points. Reactions, such as 'thank you' to your content increase your positive reputation. There are three basic member Roles: Novice Member Resident A Novice is new to the forum. They have limited access but can participate in the most popular forums such as Way Offscale and The Chain. In order to advance to Member, we expect a certain amount of activity to evaluate their willingness to be a part of the community. The post count required to advance to Member is 100. (If you are currently a Member and don't have 100 posts, you will not be 'demoted'). A Member is considered an active participant. They have nearly full access to the site and its resources, and can progress in rank and earn medals by sharing their experiences in the audio world with the Site. As time goes on, a Member can eventually become a Resident or play a role as part of the Administration. A Resident is a highly active member who calls this place home and acts as a council member with the Administration. Residents are participants who are willing to take on the challenge of discussing site policies and provide the site with valuable resources - such as funds, time and talents. Greatly concerned for the site's well-being, Residents work hard to welcome new 'inbounds', encourage participation by starting topics of interest - and offer Karmas, skills and knowledge to all who visit. There is a special Member Role: Carver repair/mod Team Carver repair/mod Team - Chosen only by the Administrator, these members are trusted with their skill to work on audio gear. They actively take work and offer a variety of services. They are also essential to the site's 'helpful hand' in assisting those who need help with their troubled gear. Carver Repair Team members are also Residents by default. There are two consequential Roles: Retired Sandbox A Retired Member is a participant who has either shown a disinterest in the community but has not violated the rules, or one who has 'moved on' and no longer wishes to be an active member. This is not a disdained Role, but a Role for members who for one reason or another, do not wish to be part of the community's growth (for example). Retirement is a friendly, mutual agreement between the administration and the member. Retired members have limited access. When a participant is Sandboxed, they have violated the forums rules. A warning is always issued before a participant is Sandboxed. If the warning is ignored, and participant continues to break rules or cause trouble - an Administrator, with the consent of the Moderators, will curtail their activity for an indefinite amount of time. Removal of the Sandbox status can only be done by the Site Owner or Administrator. This forum has a lot of options for you to find information, participate, and organize how you read and keep up with activity. Remember that you can do the following: - Follow a Topic (so that if anyone posts to it, you are notified) - Follow a Member (so that you are notified of Status Updates and more) - Post a Status Update (a personal message for your friends that is public access) - Send Private messages - View Activity according to date, member, or topic (check 'Activity' in the top menu) - Post pictures and even create a gallery (Novice or above rank) - Share links, videos and files - Browse technical Manuals, white papers and spec sheets And so much more! Our goal is to maintain a site that is welcoming, helpful, courteous and fun. With audio and Carver as our common ground, we wish to stay focused on the music, and all the creativity that results. Have a great day! Hashy
    35 points
  2. Everyone, I'm not going to claim I understand what is happening around the world, but I'm just going to say that I don't want to see the frustration, rage and knee jerkiness here on our forum. I have always believed that it was beneficial to discuss, and even argue, over challenging issues - whether it's about audio or not. So I have never supported banning political topics, even though political topics rarely ever reach a peaceful ending. My understanding, and hope, was that once things became personal, we could stop it, and everyone would just move on because this is an audio forum, not Twitter, and that such topics are at best 'recreational' here. So I'm going to ask everyone to please refrain from bringing up political issues, which could include News Stories and other links to media related to current events. Our political climate is very stressed right now, so please talk about it elsewhere or just call your friends on the phone and talk it over. If you ever have any trouble with another member or even a moderator, please contact me or @B-Man. Please don't try to 'discuss' personal issues on the open forum. It's just not appropriate to disrupt the whole place because you're having an issue with one or two or whatever members. Personal attacks can violate the rules, so the admins need to know, even if it's in a PM. If the shenanigans continue, the Sandbox has plenty of room and will only cost me 2 seconds of my time. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Enjoy the music.
    24 points
  3. I have asked to be the Manual Database Manager. I have finally figured out how to add back all the manuals. With the help of wrf (Wayne) we will get this important site resource back on the site and available to all. This is a work in progress and you should see manuals added daily. If you need a specific manual that is not listed please send a PM to Wayne or myself and we will add that one right away. Our goal is to get what we have posted as soon as possible. Then we will work on replacing poor copies with new high res copies as they become available. I already have a large number of new files. I will also buy original manuals from eBay for those manuals that I don't already have.
    23 points
  4. I noticed that my 11 year old daughter was listening to more and more music, so I took a cue from other members here and set her up with a quality sound system. This is a BillD C1 with a TFM-15. The speakers are a couple center channel speakers I had laying around and the source is her tablet.
    23 points
  5. Barry’s audio setup https://imgur.com/a/nfORh I know I’ve been promising photos a while!
    22 points
  6. My current system used in my shop. I like simple. Carver M500t mkII - Black face, white LED meter lamps - Mods by me Carver CT-7 - Acquired from @kve777 OPPO DV980H - An excellent CDP recommended by @Blues Pwr TEAC DS-H01 Dock - Digital docking station for iOS devices Apple iPad 2 - Streaming Apple Music and my large Apple iCloud Music Library - Acquired from @loner_t Pioneer PL-1000A TT Linear Tracking Turntable - The only gear I have left from my early days in the US Navy Record Clamp/Weight - Made by @madmike46 GR Research X-LS Encore DIY Speakers - A fun build, excellent sound, recommended by @PDR Interconnect & Speaker Cables are DIY - Nothing exotic, just good quality connectors and cable.
    21 points
  7. While on vacation in Gulf Shores Alabama, I am just over 3 hours from LA and our friend Rocksters house. The drive along the gulf coast was nice. I arrived about 9:30 am.. Bruce is a great guy just like you have came to know on CS.. He first gave me the tour of his house and he has a beautiful home, then we went out to his playpen. The playpen was a 2 story, with cars and an awesome full equipped woodworking shop downstairs. The Porsche was very nice, with a paint job smooth as glass.. Then we went to the 2nd story of the playpen, a very nicely finished area as nice as the nicest homes I have been in. For the next few hours we enjoyed Rocksters system and I was able to spend quality time with his Amazing speakers and the system was very nice. I was impressed with his system and the ribbons were very accurate sounding, sweet indeed. Because I made the drive (according to Bruce) he gave me the gift of a new Dremel tool to use with my hobby electronic work. After a few hours of party and great music we had gotten hungry and Rockster drove us to his favorite restaurant and we had a great lunch, with Bruce insisting on paying the bill.. He also placed and order to go.. After we returned to Rocksters house it was about 2 pm, and it was time to start the trip back to Alabama.. Ends up the carry out order was for my family back at the vacation condo. Rockster hands me about 5 lbs of great food from the restaurant and says "this is for your family". I had a great time with our buddy Bruce, and the 7 hour round trip to see him was a small price, for getting to hang out with my friend Bruce. Hospitality beyond belief, and a great man. Very glad I took the time to go see Bruce. It was a great day.. Thanks Bruce..
    21 points
  8. The old setup with my Sunfire VTCC..... Next in line for A Nelion Audio Restore Setup with the C-19.....Rockin' All I can say is WOW!!!!..... Excellent Restore Job by Nelion Audio Sounding OSONICE..... Thank You Greg...
    20 points
  9. The changeover to the new site is just around the corner. When I last talked with Greg he was very excited about the change and what it will mean and do for all of us. I will let Greg make any timetable announcements. However, our past funds are depleted. So it is time for some fundraising. This changeover will come at a big cost. I don't think Greg should bear this alone. It is our site. I have volunteered to manage the site funding for Greg. Please make donations to thecarversite@gmail.com Thank you.
    20 points
  10. The 2014 Carversite Reference Disc project has been a total blast to put together! I want to thank all the members that suggested tracks for this project. In my opinion, what makes this disc set special is two fold: First, it's a collection of what all of YOU personally use for your own reference tracks, not just what one person thinks up as an arbitrary "best tracks" list. Second, you all gave a brief narrative of what you listen for in these tracks, and I think that information has a lot of value. I would like to extend a special thank you to Rodney (weitrhino) for giving me a Lightscribe disc drive, which enabled me to etch the discs for a professional look, and speed up production considerably. Thank you sir! Here is the final track list and accompanying notes for you to refer to while listening: The Road To Hell, by Chris Rea. Submitted by B-Man The bass line is low, clean and well balanced with the rest of the disc; his voice has a bit of a rasp that sounds "right" on a good setup; dynamic range in general is very good. Definitely a reference song for me when auditioning a system. Ride Across The River, by Dire Straits. Submitted by B-Man Great example of a dynamic recording. Great for revealing system noise or high frequency issues / harshness. Good bass moments as well. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow / Nanook Rubs It Off, by Frank Zappa. Submitted by SteveFord You'll know within 30 seconds if the amp/preamp/speakers, whatever is really good or bites. You've got the swirling snow sounds and then Frank's voice with Tina Turner and the Ikettes doing the background vocals. Is the bass too light or too heavy, are the vocals up front or recessed, does Frank sound life sized or like a dwarf, does his guitar sound like a razor blade or is it dull sounding, how are the dynamics, etc. Those are the tracks that I use. Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo, by Bela Fleck. Submitted by Fill35U For the low notes of the bass guitar, contrast of the piano, the dynamic range. Too Rich For My Blood, by Patricia Barber. Submitted by Toy Maker No notes have been submitted for this track. If you have a write-up of what you listen for, post it as a comment, and I’ll insert it here! When You Say Nothing At All, by Allison Krauss. Submitted by Daddyjt The real magic in this track is right in the first minute or so. The opening guitar should sound very crisp and smooth. It should not sound at all muddy or dull. When she starts singing, you should hear every detail, right down to the intake of breath. In the second sentence she sings, "…. You can light up the dark, listen for the "k" in dark. It should be a very subtle "kiss" of a sound, but very well defined. On some systems, it ranges from inaudible, to a muddy, incoherent sound. When the drums kick in, and she really opens up with her voice, your system should be able to handle the dynamic increase in volume without making you want to turn it down. It should be a powerful, slightly scary moment, as the overall system output jumps significantly. On MANY systems, this moment will come across as shrill, and very unpleasant. The bass should also be solid and deep, but not boomy. This is my number one track for judging equipment – Enjoy! Brother Where You Bound, by Supertramp. Submitted by Gene C The clarity in Ricks singing at the beginning before the drums hit. The system has to knock me out of my chair with that song. Private Investigations, by Dire Straits. Submitted by Doh-R Quiet details, highly defined passages, good dynamic range. Are You Receiving Me, by Golden Earring. Submitted by BluesMan57 Great imaging and separation. Give it a listen you will be surprised......... Battlestar Galactica Theme, by Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Submitted by Daddyjt This track plays BIG, right from the opening drum hits. This will push your system to the lowest depths it can reach. What makes it useful, and somewhat unique, is the fact that while the bass is at maximum excursion, there is A LOT of other information being reproduced – from strong horns, to subtle flutes and triangle strikes. You should hear it ALL – a veritable buffet of sound. If your system is lacking power or dynamic output, the bass will rob all the power, and leave everything else flat. The last 20 seconds are a real test for ANY system! Your Latest Trick, by Dire Straits. Submitted by Daddyjt Outstanding trumpet intro, with a seamless transition to saxophone in the intro. Listen for the trumpet fade-out note, right before the sax and drum kit start. It should keep a clear tone, and not become "nasal" as it fades out. There are crystal clear cymbals, to the point that you should be able to distinguish the different types of cymbals being utilized. When the singing starts, you should actually hear the guy playing the sax walk away from the mic, and fade into the back of the stage – it should actually fall back away from you in your soundstage, and not just diminish in volume. The bass should be incredibly tight, and you should actually hear the bass drum skin being struck. This is one of the most well recorded tracks I have ever come across. Symphony #3, by Henryk Gorecki. Submitted by dcl Female soprano & orchestra in a moving performance–you will forget the gear & room when the sound is spot on or otherwise be up fidgeting. On The Road Again, by Katie Melua. Submitted by PDR All her material is very well recorded.....the "Dramatico" label. Norwegian Wood, by Patricia Barber Submitted by ? This one came to me in a PM that I deleted – Please post a comment with your notes on the track, and I will insert them! The Forecast Calls For Pain, by Robert Cray. Submitted by B-Man Good recording; clean bass line; good imaging capabilities. Ouverture, by Robin Vassy. Submitted by Weitrhino French/Iranian jazz. Vassy creates many of his own instruments so the sounds in this track fall outside the ordinary. I listen particularly to the hard plectrum sound from the plucked steel strings and the beautiful decay of the fading vibration sometimes with multiple strings in harmony. Additional instruments appear and disappear sometimes panning and sometimes precisely imaged in three dimensions. As the piece progresses the full band kicks in. The bass is deep and resonant but with a softer touch that evokes fingers in contrast to the hard plectrum sound of the other string instrument. This is an album that sounds particularly good on ribbons. The whole album is amazing and has the advantage of presenting something fresh. http://robinvassy.bandca...m/album/bon-voyage Dirty, by Johnny Winter. Submitted by Blues Pwr Originally released on vinyl in 1974, the song "Dirty" was a bonus track on the remastered CD released in 2008 from the original LP master tapes, which creates a crisp and clean recording. This song is just Johnny on acoustic slide guitar and vocals and a flute player(Jeremy Steig an American Jazz Flutist). Often criticized for his lack of vocal prowess, this song is perfect for his south Texas twang/growl. The flute playing is incredible, at times light and airy and the next second dirty and raspy. It contrasts sharply with the dark lyrics and Johnny’s acoustic slide guitar work. The flute playing will test the upper ranges of your system and reveal any weakness's it may have. Should be a real test for ribbon and super tweeters. This is unlike any other Johnny Winter song out there, which is probably why it was added as a bonus track, because it wouldn't fit on any other release. Well worth a listen, if you’re curious what real blues are supposed to sound like. Hush, Hush, Hush, by Paula Cole & Peter Gabriel. Submitted by Daddyjt This is a great track for sibilance (the correct reproduction of the "s" sound). Paula’s voice is almost a female falsetto, and can come across as very grating in poor speaker/amp combinations. A great deal of the information on this track sits right in the cross-over region on 2 way speakers. As such, it will test the anomalies created by your cross-over design. Peter’s voice carries a soft, yet grainy feel, and should seem to anchor the entire track. All-in-all, a great duo, and a nice listen. Son Of A Preacher Man, by Dusty Springfield. Submitted by kve777 For sibilance checking - Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" as found on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. I use various tracks on that CD for testing, but this is my go to track for speakers. I've passed on many deals just because this song sounded crappy. Powaqqatsi, by Philip Glass. Submitted by dcl A mid-piece crescendo merges vocal chorus & orchestra over the deep ostinato (hey, its Philip Glass). So, massed basses, percussion over which the chorus could be shrill at volume. Walking On Sacred Ground, by Janis Ian. Submitted by Daddyjt This track is great for testing mid-bass response. When done right, it is warm and inviting with a solid low end kick. The vocals should float above all the other instruments, and especially the bass line. Her voice should have a delicate, yet powerful sound. When done poorly, the bass is very muddy and ill-defined, and the lower notes lack any kind of kick – the whole thing turns into a dull mess that is rather unpleasant to listen to. This track also has the nasty ability to showcase rattles within your system and room. The Children’s Crusade, by Sting. Submitted by Daddyjt This track exhibits great texture – from Sting’s raspy voice, to the seemingly off-key piano. Good crescendos before the chorus take a lot of power to keep the different sounds separate, and not allow them to collapse into a jumbled mess. Listen for separation throughout, and solid transients. Frequency Sweeps, Low to High. Great for detecting and isolation rattles and resonances. Be careful at the higher frequencies, as prolonged sine waves can damage tweeters! Again, I’d like to thank everyone here for their help and input – I think this first go is a success, and I’m very proud of the results! Thinking maybe we do this again next year, but I’ll let all of you be the judge of whether or not we do it again… 
    20 points
  11. System: Goldmund Studio TT/Goldmund T3 Tone Arm/Koetsu Rosewood Cartridge/Nagra PL-P Preamp/Sequerra Model 1 Tuner/Nakamichi 682ZX/Carver Silver Seven Tube amps/Genesis Model II Speakers
    19 points
  12. I did not want to bring this up, but over the last week or so, certain events have forced me to address this. This forum is public access with common sense security measures to prevent spam and other unwanted solicitations. So while guests don't have full access to all topics, anyone with a valid email address and shows some willingness to behave as a mature adult will be approved as a Novice to obtain full access. This forum welcomes all people. This forum accepts that people are different and sometimes those differences clash. This forum accepts points of view and allows people to talk about them. Our guidelines are clear about what we tolerate and what we don't. Basically, the rules don't allow personal insults and/or actions that are malicious towards others. This doesn't mean you can't debate. It means the opposite of that. Debate is an action of intellectual discovery. Debate means an acceptance of freedom of thought, speech and ideas. Debate is how truth and fact are revealed. Debate is how people from all walks of life, all social classes, all races can meet eye to eye and learn about life and what it means. It takes guts to debate and face what you fear the most - that you could be wrong. That your convictions, which for whatever reason, you have chosen to define your point of view, could be threatened. Debate can shake your beliefs and sometimes, you can look like a fool. However, debate is the only way a civilized society finds its way back when it goes off track. It's the only way you, as a subject, can rationally test your sanity. The reason I bring this up is because debate has never been and is not against our guidelines. Free speech is honored and respected here. Political speech is allowed, however, due to its passionate nature, it is usually only permitted in the Thunderdome Category. We all get mad, frustrated, confused and hurt by current events. We want to speak out and express our feelings. No matter what your convictions are, you are human, and it is human to communicate. Sometimes we say things without considering its consequences. Emotions give us tunnel vision. We don't see all paths our remarks could take others to. On the other hard, sometimes we feel it necessary to point out someone else's 'irrational' behavior - and this is usually how an all out brawl starts. At this point, members will leave or threaten to leave. It happens every time. Every time even the slightest of arguments starts, or even the slightest mention of a political event, people threaten to leave. This puts pressure on the moderators and, in my opinion, completely unfair to them. They are forced between a rock and hard place to figure out how they can make both sides happy when no matter what they do, they will make someone(s) unhappy. Therefore, the mods typically just move topics under fire to the Thunderdome and leave it be. But sometimes, that is not enough, and passions continue to climb. So what is the rational way of deconstructing this dynamic of human behavior? I don't have all the answers but I will give my impressions. - If someone wants to leave because others in the forum are not forced to believe what they believe then I think it's best to let them leave. - If someone wants to leave because they feel mistreated, then they should talk to a moderator. - If someone wants to leave because they want to make a scene, and post their grievances to make the moderators look bad and divide people against each other - they will be banned. - If someone wants to leave because they don't like 'the direction the forum is going' should start a topic and discuss it in the Member Lounge. Yes it could end up in the Thunderdome, but if it's a serious issue, it needs to be talked about. All in all, I hope it's not too much to ask to please do your best to tolerate others. Our political climate is very heated right now, and as much as I want to ban political topics completely, I don't think that is a solution. The only real solution is for all of us to get along despite the war of emotions in our hearts. I think if we make an effort to make friends, we can make peace. Friends talk about the truth. Friends take care of each other. Friends understand. And if they don't, they debate until they do...politely and in private. We all have PMs and means of contacting each other. Use these tools to talk over problems that can arise. Contact a Moderator if you need to - but please do not corner them by imposing a threat they can't resolve. That's just immature. Do your best to not take things too personally. Moderators can't control everything that happens here, and in some ways, they aren't supposed to. Freedom is an individual responsibility, protected only by minds that acknowledge its necessity.
    19 points
  13. Folks, we're going to an all new forum engine. We will be trimming down topics to get rid of all the 'stuff' that is not essential for the migration. This may effect your post count, so please don't be alarmed. All topics will be locked after the trimming. We will eventually have only two categories to post in during the migration period: Way Offscale and this one, Members. This will simply anything that needs to be carried over after the old database is converted to a new format. When this happens, please keep DIY and other keepsake topics to a bare minimum. This is a huge undertaking and I appreciate your patience. This site may experience some downtime, but I don't expect much. The new site will look entirely different, and you will receive an email to confirm your membership at the new site when it is ready - so the transition will be very obvious. Good things await - hang in there for me! Regards, Hashy
    19 points
  14. Well everybody. I think it is time to brag a little, which I normally don't do because I am not that kind of person but the amp is finally done and a great big thank you to Greg and Jenny. You guys are awesome for allowing me to receive the first upgrade. I don't know much about the history of the amp before @BarryG but I do know that it was his and then @kve777 who then sold it to me. I will keep this amp in the community. I have been camping all weekend after picking it up from @Nahash5150 so I haven't been able to listen to it yet. That will happen tonight. The 4.0 is an amp that I wanted for many years and finally acquired a few lately but a Super Charged 4.0 is even better I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday and also if it isn't a holiday for you, then have a great Monday. Thanks Again @Nahash5150
    18 points
  15. Okay, so I didn't complete the update yesterday because this new update is going to break some of our customizations. It's much more extensive than the norm, so I have to do some research, backup some files, updates some applications first, then do the engine update. Some useful new features and changes are a part of it, so I'll list these later. I'm going to work on the appearance things first, so if stuff gets weird, that is why. If you have any trouble or get errors, please let me know.
    18 points
  16. It’s what is behind the doors rearranged this morning. Analog and signal processing on the left side, amps in the middle, Digital on the right. Bottom row is whole house system.......grin. Bottom picture is what it looks like closed up.
    18 points
  17. All, Some of you may have heard that I quit my job recently. It's true. I had to move on from that horrible place. It was more than just a 'shitty job', the company is in big trouble, and poor management is the reason. Anyway, I am doing repair work full time now. We are starting a business and going full tilt into audio and media. I will have more time to make this site even better, and offer more and more features and resources. It's going to be awesome! So my bench is open for work. I work on everything Carver and Sunfire. Don't waste time to get in the queue...it will fill up quickly. Please email me instead of PM - my queue is managed by my gmail/Google suite. My site is still Here for now, but will eventually be assimilated into the real deal business. Thank you everyone for your support! Greg aka Hashy
    18 points
  18. I will donate $100 on your behalf Rodney. It's really good to see you back...
    18 points
  19. A former Carver employee (Mark Cerasuolo) posted this 76 page Carver sales guide book on Facebook. It contains a company profile, technology descriptions, value comparisons, and the product line and pricing. It should help to fill in some product dates and prices that are missing from the database. Carver Guide Book for 1996
    18 points
  20. System Consist of Carver M-1.5t amp, Carver CT-6 preamp, Pioneer GR777 EQ, Sony Blue Ray DVD using USB input. Custom Marble enclosure Sub (to minimize box resonance) Franken Mission M31 for mid and high.
    17 points
  21. It is that time again. The last fundraiser we ran was January 2018. We still have a few bucks in the pot but not enough to cover upcoming expenses. I know it is not the best time to ask for help. This is not an urgent need. Just planning for the upcoming expenses. Great if you can help now. If not then we understand. Donations are not required or expected. Donations can be made anytime. Please make donations to our PayPal account: thecarversite@gmail.com (please add in the PayPal comments "Site Donation") If you want to make a donation by some other means please contact me by PM. This thread is locked to comments.
    17 points
  22. I would like to give Extraordinary Honorable Mention To DennisMiller for going above and beyond with helping me and repairing my broken M-500t. Dennis is a phenomenal tech, extremely knowledgeable, and a very kind person. I don't think I ever met such an outstanding and benevolent person. Dennis is a real champion. Thanks to all the support on the CarverSite. Since I am not a electronics expert, I am very grateful for all the fine people I can go to here on the CarverSite. I would like to give a donation to the site in the name of DennisMiller. Can someone please tell me on how to go about this.
    17 points
  23. No More Booting Please.... Hey CS members. Just want to say I'm amazed at the amount of Carver knowledge on site.Tons of help/advice given to members.I appreciate you allowing me to become a part of such a great site. Little about me.... Purchased my first Carver system in 1991. Consisting of 2 TFM-42's,C-11, SD/A 450, TX-10 and TDR-2400..All sounding amazing through a pair of Polk SRS 1.2TL's..Over the past 12yrs or so the OCCD symptoms kicked in. also the proud owner of a pair of Silver 9T's, M 200t,1 TFM-15, 2 TFM- 25'S, 1 TFM -45 (looking for another), C-11( BILLD), C-1 stock, C-3,C-17, DPL-33, 3 more SD/A 450's and a Phase Linear Model 3300....Also a pair of Polk SRS 2.3TL's fully upgraded (VR3 Fortress V2).Still a work in progress, eventually would love to upgrade all amps/preamps. Again Many Thanks..... The Man Cave........ The New Look.. Now The Nudes....
    17 points
  24. I came across this last night, seems there's been no mention of it here? From THE LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY AUDIOPHILE SOCIETY , reposted here for posterity as there's good autobiographical info. Note at the bottom that the actual award presentation will occur on December 4, 2016, in Los Angeles. ****************************************************************** For Immediate Release March 1, 2016 LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY AUDIO SOCIETY HONORS Bob Carver, Bob Carver Corporation Bob Carver is the winner of the Founder's Award from the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, it was announced today by The Society. The Founder's Award is the highest honor the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society bestows annually on the one individual in fine audio bringing excellence and achievement to audiophiles worldwide. The society is the largest in the world, with more than 2000 members. Bob Carver: The Inventor. The Man. The Story. I was born in Detroit Jan 30, long, long ago. My Grandfather was a Texan, and wanted me to be a Texan too, so he had a shoebox full of Texas soil carried to the hospital so my little feet could touch Texas dirt before anything else. I was raised in Beverly Hills, California, from the age of nine up. I graduated from Beverly Vista middle school (junior high back then). I studied science and took wood shop. I graduated from Beverly Hills High School, and University High School, both in Los Angeles. I studied chemistry, physics, math, and was enrolled in electric shop. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Washington, and after receiving my undergraduate degree, I went to the University of British Columbia where I earned my Ph.D. in Physics. As an undergraduate, I worked my way through college repairing television receivers, first for Almvig's TV shop, then a stint at Seattle Radio Supply fixing and setting up brand new color televisions. By-and-by I started my own TV shop called University Television, and, working out of my fraternity, I made a living and graduated (as an undergraduate) debt-free. At the time, the UW discouraged graduating students from enrolling into graduate school at the same school they graduated from, that is, the UW. So with a wonderful recommendation from my physics professor, Dr. Clark, I made my way to the UBC in British Columbia, where I received my Ph.D. My thesis was "thin-films," an almost monomolecular film of really thin stuff. Along the way, with a cooperation agreement between the UW and UBC, I built the largest High Fidelity system (monophonic) with the biggest subwoofer in the world, for you see, the physics department had a contract with the Boeing Airplane Company here in Seattle to develop a system for simulating jet aircraft taking off at 100 meters. I received a call from one of my physics professors, and he told me that nobody there knew enough about gigantic amplifiers, or big hi-fi systems for that matter, and were struggling with how to do it. But he knew I did. With the guys in the physics department, we designed a hydraulically operated woofer. It had about 3000 pounds of pressure and was huge, about the size of a garage door in area. I used a multiplicity of Electro-Voice midrange horns, and more than twenty T-350 tweeters. Because Boeing and the government were paying for the project, price was no object. And what a hi-fi set it was! After I said goodbye to graduate school, I needed a real job and found one as a physics instructor at Cal State in Long Beach, California. I taught Physics for nursing students and had the time of my life. When I walked down the hall to my first class of the morning, I could smell the perfume from all the beautiful women long before I entered the room. It was a required course for nursing students, with only one male in the whole class. For a while, I thought I might become a physics professor and live a life in academia. But it was not to be. I had been building tube amplifiers of about 30 watts RMS per channel almost continuously while in school, selling them by word of mouth. One fine day, my friend and roommate David Ladely asked me to build him an amp. I spent two straight weeks that winter building his tube amp, which was so large it was on three chassis. This amp was more than triple the power of those on the market, and I was able, for the first time, to hear music produced realistically. After taking this enormous tube amplifier to the the McIntosh Clinic at Seattle Stereo in 1967, I was inspired to build a solid state version, since those were taking over the market from tube amplifiers. I came up with the name Phase Linear, and began building Phase Linear 700 amplifiers. In January, 1970, I took one of my Phase Linear 700 amplifiers to the McIntosh Clinic. This amplifier tested over its rated 350 watts rms per channel and did not clip until 450 watts per channel. Later, I sent one of my Phase Linear 700 amplifiers to Hirsch-Houke Laboratories, where Julian Hirsch tested it. In his review for Stereo Review magazine, Julian said the performance was such that he admitted he had to revise completely his former assumption that reproducing Horowitz at the piano with a realistic sound required significantly more power than the 150 watts/stereo of high powered amplifiers, which until then were considered by the audiophile community (and Julian) as "more than enough power" even for "dead" rooms. At about the same time, Harry Pearson of The Absolute Sound wrote a wonderful story about my amp in the first issue of his newly-formed magazine. Shortly after those rather remarkable reviews, sales of my Phase Linear 700 amplifier increased quite dramatically, all but insuring the success of my new Phase Linear Corporation. And I never looked back! But my board of directors did; I had borrowed $50,000 dollars to get started, and the bank had a requirement, a condition for that loan, and it was that I appoint a board of directors for my new company. That board of directors eventually decided that I was holding the company back, plus they wanted more money for their efforts, as well as wishing to sell Phase Linear to auto-supply stores here in Seattle and elsewhere. They did not understand that the marketplace would not allow distribution to be everywhere, in much the same way that Rolex watches are not sold in drugstores, but only in jewelry stores. I objected vigorously to that idea; they did not like it one whit, so they voted me out of office. In other words, they fired me. It turned out they could take my job away, they could take the Phase Linear building away, but they could not touch my wealth. Carver Corporation was born and Phase Linear went down in flames. They went down because the board began selling Phase Linear amplifiers literally everywhere, and when the Phase Linear dealers rebelled at that state of affairs, I was on their doorstep with my new amplifier, the "Carver Cube." By then the dealers were mad at Phase Linear Corporation, and they opened their arms to me and my new amp. Fortunately they were not mad at me! Still, I did not learn my lesson. It happened (deja-vu all over again) with Carver Corporation; the Carver board of directors kicked me out for almost identical reasons and in the same way. By-and-by Carver also went down in flames for the EXACT reasons that Phase did. And guess what? It was time to start Sunfire. I knew I needed something new and better to make a come-back, and when my wife Diana said NO to multiple big woofers in the living room for surround sound, I knew I had to invent a small but super powerful subwoofer. I finally figured out how to do it, and the high-box pressure, high back emf subwoofer was born. Sunfire took off, had a sweet, steady growth rate, and one nice day I got a "cold call" from a Wall Street firm and they made me a financial offer I could not refuse. They kept me on for the next several years, during which time I enjoyed working with my "other woman," my laboratory bench. I developed amps, processors, a small high-pressure speaker I named the Cinema Ribbon, and a brand new amplifier design using a technology I called I-mag. 550 watts per channel, 12 lbs. Unfortunately, Wall Street fell on hard times, the amp never saw the light of day, and I was out of work once again. I thought of REALLY retiring this time, but I had been working on a new line-source speaker that I believed was going to be something very special indeed. I wanted to see it come alive, come to market, and to be a powerful force for good. So here I am, with my retirement plans on indefinite hold, and with my new plans to keep on inventing and truckin' until I drop. The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society now celebrates its 23rd year serving top audiophiles in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The largest audio society in the world with over 2000 members, the non-profit organization provides up to 14 major events per year in Greater Los Angeles and showcases and promotes the very best in great gear and recordings worldwide. Though the majority of members hail from Southern California, the Society boasts members from 14 states and nine countries. The Society’s Board of Directors awards the Founder’s Award annually to those professionals in the high end who continue to advance fine musical reproduction in the home and distinguish themselves as the best in their profession. The 2015 Founder's Award went to Harry Weisfeld, founder of VPI Industries. The 2014 Founder's Award went to Chad Kassem, President of Acoustic Sounds. The 2013 Founder's Award went to Robert Harley, editor in chief, of The Absolute Sound. The 2012 Founder's Award went to Tim de Paravicini, President of E.A.R. of Great Britain. The 2011 Founder's Award went to Richard Vandersteen, President of Vandersteen Audio. The 2010 Founder's Award went to Keith Johnson, Executive Producer of Reference Recordings, and the 2009 Founder's Award went to EveAnna Manley, President of Manley Labs. Previous winners include Harry Pearson, FounderThe Absolute Sound, Dave Clark, Editor Positive Feedback Online, Dennis Had, Founder Cary Audio, David Robinson, Editor in Chief Positive Feedback Online, and Ray Kimber, President Kimber Kable. The Society, in conjunction with T.H.E. Show Newport and Richard Beers, will again co-produce the largest home entertainment show in North America at the Hotel Irvine, Irvine / Newport Beach, CA, June 3 - 5, 2016. The Founder's Award will be awarded at the 23rdAnnual Gala and Awards Ceremony in Carver's honor in Los Angeles on December 4, 2016. . Robert Harley, Editor in Chief of The Absolute Sound, will introduce Carver at the Gala. The trophy that will be awarded to Carver is specially produced by the same company that created the Oscar for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Carver Contact Information: Bob Carver http://www.bobcarvercorp.com/#!contact/csxp Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Contact information: Chuck Bruce Vice President of Public Relations, 770-550-1434 chucksaudio@mindspring.com Joe Kubala Vice President of Industry Relations, 862-222-3901 joe.k@kubala-sosna.com Bob Levi President, 714-281-5850 boblevi.laocas@gmail.com www.laocas.com for all future events! www.facebook.com/laocas for the latest Society News "> ">
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  25. Connor, born Oct 2 (Was due Nov 2). John
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  26. Been a long time for a system update. took me about a year to get to this point. Still not finished. Eventually the system so far 2x carver 1.0t magnet killer option 2 power plants operate the Empire State buildings upfront and the Eiffel towers in the back (stereo) 2x carver cathedral of pain 8 channel power plants powering 7 channels of the atmospheric pressure system 1x carver total fkn madness 75 giga watt power plant powering 2 18” a home down foundation killers in my designed boxes 1x Sony ear synthesizer 3100 for stereo and multi chan processing 1x lg 120hz 4k visuals 2x 20tb HD’s for 4K visual streaming 1x Sony 4x eye processor player 7x Sony atmospheric pressure system with 50khz signal output on super tweeters. (Multi channel only) 3x intrusive ai overlord voice recognition system (controls all TVs and audio in every room as well as smart plugs by voice command or smart app) audio playback is through flac and 24 bit uhd streaming sewell banana plugs throughout monoprice cables 400+ft of speaker wire ghost wire for the walls mount it for wall mounts Empire State buildings piggy back as the front channels for 7.2.2 Stereo consists of 4.2 1 rigid electro shock therapy protector for tv player hdd hidden under top shelf no line conditioners amp to wall like the good lord intended Anyways enough of the snake oil bs this system was actually designed to run 4 subs. Tfm75 and 2 pt1800s to power all of it. 1800 to each 18” and the 75 to run the 15s that match which would of given a total of 5100 watts on the subs. however I came to a point to where I wanted to test my boxes before spending another 200 in materials to finish them. In that testing I have found it unnecessary to implement that system. as my old lady complains of breathing issues and chest pains at around 1/2 volume. At full volume she has to go outside however it vibrates the air outside as well if you let the door open lmao it’s an experience indeed whats yours?
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  27. I've had a couple of suggestions to do a quick update, and I do owe showing off the handiwork of one of our many talented members. Since first getting together my Carver based system, OCCD, and related illnesses, have not eased their grip on my poor addled brain, so more gear keeps following me home. My system now shows off my serious addiction to SH by having 3 different forms of SH to choose from and play around with: (1) The built-in SH (with Gundry mod) in my C1 preamp. (2) A bog-standard C9 unit (my first Carver component, and how I wound up on this site). (3) Finally, I've added a H-9AV unit. While not SH related, I do also have a P-L Auto-Correllator, but it is in need of some serious technical TLC before it finds it's way back into the system. The biggest change was the addition of a pair of NHT 2.9 speakers, connected up via a custom-built Bad Wolf Audio, high power speaker switch. Aside: Yes, I know a bunch of you are freaking out about the idea of having 2 sets of speakers in place, and using a "GASP" switch unit to go between them. Well, I happen to LIKE being able to choose which speakers I'm going to listen to on a whim, without having to move around heavy speakers, swap around the connectors, etc. I also (Oh the HORROR) use tone controls, and will often listen to music that comes from (shudder) MP3 files, instead of all FLAC files, especially when I'm lazy and just want something to work out to. So, now that I've alienated half the side and convinced the other half I'm totally nuts (like there was ever any doubt), here are some pictures, before I get flayed alive for missing them. Te main system hasn't really changed, but it has totally overflowed to the shelving unit on the right, beside the subwoofer. The sub is located off the floor to prevent bad cat events. A quick look at the listening room - still in dire need of a heavy cleanup in there. What can I say - adding gear takes priority. Here's a look at one of the NHTs, with the "Awesome" BWA Speaker switch. Quick thought on the NHTs. When I first got them, I wasn't really happy with the sound. Not the fault of the speakers, I thought, but rather the fact that I had my EQ set up where I wanted it for the Mission speakers. Well, I've been too lazy to do that, but now, after having cranked things up and run them for awhile, I'm finding they are sounding much better. Still a bit harsh, but that is likely my EQ settings. I'm starting to think that the folks who had these NHTs before me, never broke them in. Bonus for Brian. Here's a close up view of the custom built Bad Wolf Audio high-power speaker switch unit, complete with the specialized High/Ultra Awesomeness switch. Now, why would I need a special, High-power speaker switch, well... Yes, those are the meters on my Carver M1.0t Mk.II Opt 2. amp, while I was enjoying Heart's Crazy on You a few nights back. Any wonder why the NHT's are sounding more broken in? All I can say here is "Damn, I didn't think I would ever come close to pegging the meters on that monster, but @#$% that sounded incredible!!!!! Thanks for letting me babble on for a bit, and a huge Thanks to the "Awesome" Bad Wolf Audio, for a switch I can drive that amount of power through, safely.
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  28. For Thanksgiving, a kind member here, Walrus Gumboot, sent me his pristine TDR 2400 dual cassette deck free of charge, as a gift, because I don’t have a cassette player, can’t afford one and I have hundreds of my old live gig tapes on audio cassette and no way to listen to them! This has been one of the greatest gifts of my life really- the kindness of a stranger and rediscovering my musical past. Thank you to everyone that helped him find me and especially thanks to him for making my year. Merry Christmas everyone!
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  29. Ah, a topic with which I am infinitely familiar... Snobbery is one way your new audio approach can be viewed, but unless the "snob" looks down upon everyone who doesn't achieve the same height I'd rather take that word as the response a limited mind has to stimulus that it can't yet grasp. Pardon me, lads, as I embark on one of my usual lengthy tales. Imagine if you will, you're a teenager, its 1978, and your only exposure to audio is the Kenwood receiver that your family has, along with some file cabinet-sized speakers, and some arcane Garrard or BIC record changer with the lengthy chrome skewer that holds half a dozen LPs in a stack waiting to be put into service during a night's listening. Your friends are in awe of this assemblage of gear. Its loud, its clear, and it looks joyful in its display of knobs and switches and flashy brushed metal bits. In short, its the dog's bollocks. Back in that era stereo stores had interesting names. You might come across Mad Marks or Stereo Stevens, or some other alliterative appellation. Or they had some very ambitious name like UK Power Company or TV & Stereo Towne, or what have you, something that indicated This Place Means Business. Generally, they were all identical with wall-mounted shelves full of the big four- Kenwood, JVC, Pioneer, Sony. You might occasionally wander into what passed for "high end", which meant Marantz or McIntosh. And then one fateful day you happen to be hopping stereo shops, and you happen upon a proper "hifi" shop. You walk in and see the usual receivers from lesser-known but good brands like Aiwa, Sansui, and Harman Kardon. But then the hand beckons you behind the curtain to the back "sound room" where you find out about these things called "separates", also known as "components". There also happens to be a wall of speakers from half a dozen brands you've never heard of. And the cost! A Perreaux amplifier for $1800... a four foot tall pair of JBL speakers for $1500... and the most amazing looking cassette deck ever, from some Japanese manufacturer called "Nakamichi" for the price of... well, that car you drove up to the store in would be a nice start. This "Dragon" appears to be something from the future, and its not easily passed by. There's a record player that looks like it was carved from a solid piece of walnut, with a straight arm on it, when all of the famous brands had these s-curved scimitars assaulting the vinyl, and it has precisely one control - an on/off rocker. For $900 it can only load and play one record at a time and you have to move the tonearm yourself! Who are all these companies? Polk, NAD, Robertson, Carver, dbx, Proton? If they were any good, where's the ads on the telly? Why are there no print ads proclaiming their greatness in Omni? Ah... KEF - I recognize that logo, those blokes in Tovil, but I thought that was just a simple foundry? They make speakers - I'm sorry, LOUDSPEAKERS - that look like furniture? And those in turn are absolutely embarrassed by the looks of these amazing ones from some company called "Canton"? I must hear these for myself, for I am amazed and overwhelmed. And a bit combative, as I'm not used to being taken by surprise. Guard up, healthy scepticism in place, on we go. "Of course you can have a demonstration. Do you have any music with you? Perhaps that cassette we see in your shirt pocket?" "Yes, certainly. Here you go - its Fastway's debut album," and I proudly hand the case over to the salesman. I look forward to hearing Fast Eddie Clarke galloping out of those allegedly fine speakers. He looks askance at it, then me, then proceeds to launch into a healthy diatribe against production cassettes... "Are you aware that these are mass-produced on machines that copy an entire cassette in a matter of seconds, at very high speed?" "No. Why is that a problem?" "Because the tape spends less time under the heads, and you miss a lot of important information. And the tape base is very low quality to begin with. And you see the shell edges? Compare them to this high quality Denon cassette - note the differences in the molding. The Denon cassette is very precise, the factory cassette looks like a prisoner carved it out of a bar of soap. The Denon shell will hold the tape material in a precise relationship to the heads. This thing... this white, plastic... thing... is garbage." Not knowing what to say, I suggest, "Well then what do you have to show me?" "Sit down there," he says, pointing to a pair of chairs in the center of the room, of which I choose one and place my bottom upon it, the rest of me following suit. He reaches for a favorite: Dark Side of the Moon. This is one of the best-produced albums of its era, or the era in which I sat upon that chair, or this era where we're talking about the quality of a recording. Whether one likes the Floyds or not, that album should be up for a Grammy nomination for engineering, perennially, and it should simply win. Or failing that, name the engineering award after that album and move on, and everyone who receives that award thereafter should be honored to have it and also feel a slight sting knowing that they'll never achieve that height. Whereas the rest of the rock world was trying to outdo the Phil Spector Wall of Sound, these gents from out of nowhere come up with this brilliant, restrained, detailed production. Everything had its place, nothing extraneous. Alan Parsons conquers the world, in one perfect album. He places that LP - which came in a slightly unusual sleeve which looked like the standard album cover but with a bright gold band across the top of it proclaiming that it was "Half Speed Mastered" or some similarly arcane term - upon said record player (henceforth to be known as a "turntable" lest you appear to be a complete Philistine), which oddly has been on and platter rotating this entire time, despite not having any vinyl upon it. And then, rather than simply placing the needle upon the vinyl and proceeding thusly, the salesman takes out a hand-sized tube covered in what appears to be velvet or microcloth, sprays it with some clear chemical, and then he places it lightly against the record surface, radially, and rotates the tube as the vinyl passes by underneath it. He shows me the surface of the tube, which now has a line of dusty lint upon it. "How often do you clean your LPs when you play them? You're supposed to do it before every listening session." "Um..." Then he grabs something that looks vaguely like a mustache trimmer, points it at the spindle and pushes a button, and then slowly draws his hand to the outside edge of the record. "Nagaoka static killer. It eliminates a lot of the pops you might hear." Then he says, "Choose a pair of speakers," so I point at the largest pair, from the aforementioned Polk. He makes some adjustments to a selector board, and sound begins to come out of the speakers. Its not the usual pops and crackles I was used to hearing from my home system, but rather this very quiet feeling that there was something coming through those speakers. And then, the first track "Speak to Me" began, leading into "Breathe". I was astounded. Where before I might have just acknowledged 'Yes, Pink Floyd is playing. Great stuff. Louder please!' now I noticed it wasn't just this monolithic sound. My home receiver could play it loud and it could also play it clear at the same time, but nothing like this. I could distinguish the instruments from each other, and the vocals were bright and lively. It was like leaving a small room for a larger one. When the album side ended, the salesman played a few other things on a new thing called a compact disc player. He chose a disc titled "Tricycle" from the group "Flim & the BBs". Not yet in stores, they had gotten it from a new studio - DMP - at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Listening to this album I could hear not just individual instruments, but the actual work each band member was doing: the gliss of a pick hitting a string, the attack of the sticks upon the skins, the resonance of each drum cavity. Cymbals were so realistic I felt they were in my head. It seemed like I could even hear the room that each song was recorded in. And the whole thing appeared before me, with my eyes closed, in three glorious dimensions. I could point in space at where each instrument was located. I could note how far away from my chair those instruments were. Mentally, I had just walked out of the large room and left the house, and I was now experiencing the wild for the first time. My mind expanded further. I opened my eyes and began to focus on the equipment arrayed upon the shelves like jewelry. NAD, Hafler, Denon, Carver. I must have it. So I began showing up at the audio store every day. I began helping out. Eventually I began representing these products to people who walked in the store. One fine day I brought home a complete stack of Hafler components. A Denon CD player and turntable. A Nakamichi cassette deck. Monster cables. Those bizarre Nagaoka products. I was most likely the only person in their mid-teens who could have contemplated and achieved such a system in that day, in my entire area. So now that I've authored that little narrative, I come to my point. After hearing that system, that first day, I'd say I wouldn't want to go back to listening to anything from Kenwood or Sony or Pioneer. Yes they all made excellent equipment for the time, very solidly built. It played loud and clear, and there were no complaints, but once you hear precise detail in three dimensions, at volume levels ranging from quiet to comfortable to garment-rustling, there's no chance of going back to mass market audio. Well, there's a slim chance, perhaps if thats all there was to listen to, but I'd say there was a better chance of a snake making it across a busy highway on a frigid winter's day. And even less chance that I'd have a Sanyo car stereo (there's a story there for another time). One cannot achieve sonic bliss and then go back to dreck. There was a very talented American science fiction author who used to relate a story of something called "Chandresekhar's Other Limit". Apparently a scientist who drafted the first specification of the limit of mass on a stable white dwarf star, Chandresekhar also got into a bit of philosophy when he tried to explain how there are barriers one can cross where one finds it impossible to impart understanding to those one leaves behind. In his example, Chanresekhar told of a dragonfly larva, born into a stream or pond or other body of water. The surface of the water was a barrier to them, and the water was their entire existence. They had no idea what was beyond the barrier. As the larvae matured, occasionally one would approach that barrier, pass through, and never be seen again. Did they die? Well, one of the larvae, a strong bold fellow, announced that he would be the one who would return and let them all know what lay beyond the barrier. As the time passed he felt drawn to it, and one fateful day he pierced that barrier and moved beyond it. His newly-found wings unfurled, he launched into the open air, and he suddenly knew his purpose. He looked down at the water, determined to return and fulfill his promise, yet he couldn't. If he landed in the water he was at risk of death, and if he tried to swim below the surface he would drown. Forlornly, he took off into the sky, hoping that everyone he left behind would soon be along. And so, after some time listening to high fidelity equipment, with well-recorded source material - something basically unknown in popular music - you find yourself unable to return. Its not snobbery, its just that you've grown, and you simply can't go back. Did this make sense? I'd like to think so, otherwise I'm just being a pretentious prat. Carry on, lads.
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  30. Not particularly exciting anymore; my ears have the quality of cubic zirconia while my mind is still a diamond! The cabinet is a re-purposed Barzilay which had pull-out drawers on the sides which I converted to doors so I could put equipment into the cabinet. Originally there was a well for a turntable under the top which hinges at the back and the equipment was vertical inside. On the right is an Onkyo TX-NR 809 which powers the center, surround and rear surrounds. In the middle section, which does not open from the front, is a Moscode 300 which was modified by someone in Ca. according to the original owner and this powers the front speakers which are JBL L100 t3's (no they are not trapezoidal in shape, that's just my wide angle lens distorting.) The turntable is a B&O Linear this week, the center speaker a Mirage, and the RTR this week is a Revox A-77. On the left side of the cabinet is CD/DVD storage and an Oppo 93 with modded output boards. I'll sometimes use an Otari RTR but it's too tall when I watch movies and blocks the screen. If you look carefully, you'll see the shadow of the Epson projector which is 2K. My surrounds are bipolar Klipsch and the rear surrounds are a company that doesn't exist anymore and for the life of me I can't remember. They too are bipolar. Just finished wiring them a couple of weeks ago. There's also a Velodyne sub hidden in my desk which has an open side (I think the original owner of my house had his CPU there). 2nd image shows the surround and the rear surrounds as well as the projector. Fortunately, the joists in the ceiling run in the right direction so I could get to the ceiling for installation as there is open basement on one side of the room. Instruments in the back are for my grandchildren to bang on when they come down. Record storage is the usual Ikea Expedit.
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  31. So I've been putting this little tiny house space together for a couple of months now and finally gotten a few tape decks connected this week. I have a LOT of cassette decks for sure... Luv 'em Collect them Service them Soon I will be getting several CD players into service in another rack. There's just so little time after working and doing house and yard chores.
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  32. Added two more Silver 7t's to the system. WRF did these several years ago, traded them to BillWojo for his Plats. He was't using them so we worked out a trade. Running Tekton Pendragons with the outer amps, Infinity Kappa Perfect 10.1 subs with the inners. Power reserve is soooo deep! Bass is effortless.
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  33. I’m going to assume that most of you have encountered this before (but no, I don’t have data to back that up, lol) - the un-split pistachio. Daunting as it may seem, the un-split pistachio is far from uncrackable. While there are any number of ways to crack it, it’s really not worth the effort at the end of the day. Over the past 30 days of reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that arguing with people on the internet is similar to the un-split pistachio - the time and effort spent cracking the nut (winning the argument) just aren’t worth it. Let’s be honest - even when you win an internet argument, you don’t change anyone’s mind, - so what’s the point? Best just to toss those nuts in the trash and move on. I do have one apology to make - to my friends here. I never realized how much I took your friendship for granted. In retrospect, giving up this forum of communication with you all over such a petty and insignificant annoyance was quite short sighted. Your calls, emails and texts of support and encouragement over the past month have been humbling, to say the least. Thank you. I will get through all the pms and threads over the next few days, and I have a couple of DIY posts to make as well.
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  34. Here’s my system in my Study. It’s a repurposed bedroom, so it’s not the optimal for acoustics, but I’m happy with it. My Carver stack on the left is (From Bottom up): TFM-45 purchased from and rebuilt by Ray, this drives Magnepan LRS speakers TFM-35 purchased from Carter and rebuilt by Greg, this drives JBL LX-55 (10 inch 3 ways) TFM-35 rebuilt by Ray, this drives Altec System 3’s (8 inch, 4 driver, 3 ways) TL-3600 10 disk CD changer TD-1400 Cassette SD/A-490t CD Player C-15v (Note: Greg is rebuilding my C-16 – This will be slotted in - replacing the C-15v) DPL-20 (currently not connected, but will be connected to an external processor circuit on the C-16 for remote function and playing with sound effects for casual listening). TX-12 Tuner purchased from Carter Teac X-10 Open Reel deck The stack on the right contains (again bottom up): Adcom ACE-515 (hidden from view) Yaqin SD-CD3 Tube Buffer Yamaha DVD-C740 CD/DVD Changer ADC SS-525X Equalizer Harman Kardon T50C Turntable with an Audio-Technica AT160ML cartridge. In addition, I have a Pioneer SW-MkII subwoofer under the desk. The surplus Pier 1 racks are working out for now. Future plans are building a wooden rack, replacing the Pier 1 shelves, but will follow a similar layout/design. And of course, upgrading the C-15v with a refreshed C-16 complete with Gundry filter. I have 2 other Carver Systems, one in the shop and the other in my wife’s office. I’ll attach pics of those shortly. Currently, I’m putting together my Home Theater/Music system. I’ve got all the gear for that. The centerpiece for the music system is a 4000t that recently came back from Nelion all rebuilt. When that is finished, in a couple of weeks, I shall post that system. I want to thank everyone on this site for their advice and guidance. The postings have been most helpful. I really like the technical discussion and the ability to reference archived threads and past discussions. Thanks All!
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  35. After some challenges, I have a functional system. The M-200t was randomly going into overload protection ended up being caused by the C1’s outputs were gunked up with excessive rosin. Did a thorough cleaning of all solder joints (alcohol and q-tips). Was thinking about using the wife’s ultra sonic tooth brush but thought better of it 😇 been over a month now with no overload so I’m going to say solved. had the TX-11 for years and it developed a left channel drop out, took it out of storage and found that the output jack board connection had cold solder joints. Re-flowed those and its happy now. thanks to this site, I was able to solve my overload issue. That is awesome. Thank you all
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  36. Thank you for accepting my application! I have been meaning to come here for several months now, as I was sent here by another member to read-up on the Carver C1, and a modification called the Bill D. Early last winter, I was selling a subwoofer on the local classifieds. I received a call within a few hours from a guy saying he was interested, but was about 45 minutes away, and couldn’t make it out for 2 days (Toole is about 1/2 hour from Salt Lake). I agreed to hold it for him, and he came out as promised 2 days later. When he got here, I had the sub hooked up to demonstrate, and we listened for a couple minutes to a disc set he brought that is actually from this very site. I was blown away by the tracks he played, and said as much. He insisted that I keep the CD set, as he said he had another. I love the set, and use it a lot. When we went to get the box for the sub, he saw my Polk SDA 2 speakers, and asked if they were for sale. When I said no, he asked why I wasn’t using them. I showed him that 2 of the speaker wire nuts were broken, and that I didn’t have the cable connecting the 2 speakers together any more. At his insistence, we removed the plates that hold the speaker nuts, and he methodically marked and removed all the wires. He said he could fix me up, and get my Polks back up and running, so I trusted him to take the plates. 2 weeks later, he was back at my house. He had replaced ALL or the speaker wire nuts with beautiful gold ones, AND made a new cable to connect the speakers together! He installed all of this, and helped me move the speakers into position. We (mostly him, as I am not up to too much of that any more) got everything hooked up, and I was speechless. That wonderful Polk sound I remembered was back! I have listened to them almost every day since. And on top of all that, he wouldn’t let me pay him for any of it - he said he already had all the parts, and it was an easy job. We talked a little bit about the Polk sound, and he said what if I told you there was an even greater audio genius than Mr Polk? That of course Mr Carver. He told me that Carver made the Polk SDA sound into his preamps instead of the speaker, so the effect could be used on many other speakers. So here I am, looking at the C1. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun place to visit, and I thank you again for accepting me. Brian
    15 points
  37. Marks enabling me to buy more gear has had positive effects on my daughter's system. I gave her my old Elacs. They are inefficient so I thought she needed another TFM-15 to drive them properly.
    15 points
  38. My 2 channel system has been upgraded yet again by a pair of Silver 7t's I bought a couple of years ago and traded restoration of them by Dennis Miller. (He got a great CT-Seven out of the deal!) These things sound fantastic! Listening to Tool's Fear Inoculum right now. Dynamic range is amazing. Detail is to die for. One problem, where am I going to put the turntable, now? Guess I'll have to put the Oppo on a shelf. System is: iPad into Gramofon WiFi streamer, Oppo BDP-105D, TX-11b(recapped by me), 4000t (Bonzoro modded), Silver 7t's(Dennis Miller restored), Tekton Pendragon speakers. Power Wedge 116, StraightWire IC's and Monster Cable speaker wire round out the team.
    15 points
  39. my complete system with photos of my "re-bulbed" M500T and my recently restored Thorens TD-165 Turntable with custom plinth and upgraded TP16 MK I tonearm
    15 points
  40. Okay, I feel it is necessary to open a discussion about how we handle 'situations' here. This is from me to you. I didn't even discuss this with the mods because I want them to get upset with me for 10 seconds, then we can talk about why I do the things I do without them knowing, and I will just say, probably the same reason you do things without telling me. When arguments or fighting break out, everyone is affected by it. Even if they choose not to read about it, they most likely hear about it. These situations often cost the mods, and me, a lot of time and energy to sort out. It seems that, for whatever reason, some are insistent that we have some secret agenda to treat people unfairly. That if mods take action, they are 'targeting'. The truth is, we have many safeguards against this sort of unfairness. I'm familiar with the feeling, and the result, of being moderated. I don't like it either. Especially if I think the world needs to know what I think and believe. However, it's important that we all realize we share the same space here and we are all different. Our differences will clash, our perceptions will not line up, and sometimes the facts are not understood, misinterpreted, hidden, ignored or simply not apparent. This causes some problems. It can cause embarrassment, hurt ego, etc. Then the situation gets personal. So we need some order, and fall back to a mediator - like rules. All forums need rules. Without a system of order, the community will divide and scatter and become pointless. Our Guidelines are posted on the Main Menu. Our procedures of enforcement are not. That is, not specifically. After many discussions, the moderators as a group have always resisted a line-by-line sectional 'rule book' for moderation. They have always felt that it made them seem cold and disconnected, mechanical, automated. They don't want that kind of relationship with the members. The moderators really care a lot about the members here - and I mean, A LOT. So we do actually have procedures, albeit, they are loose and exist between us as a sort of familial contract. It's like family rules - wash your hands before dinner and take off your shoes in the living room. Call it your mama's common sense management 101. Basically, that is our guideline and procedure of enforcement - common sense. When we get emotional, common sense seems like jailtime, and that's kinda the point. Anyway, let me just clarify some rule enforcement and why we do them, in case you're wondering... 1) Moderators lock topics to stop posting when posting starts getting personal so the personal posts stop. 2) Moderators manage topics that go off topic because that is why we have topics, to stay on topic because if you want to talk about another topic, just make it or ask a moderator to split an existing topic to continue your topic on another topic. 3) Moderators are people just like you. They have opinions and beliefs, just like you. If you don't like something a moderator did or said, DO NOT complain about them on the forum, report the post or PM an Administrator. If this doesn't make sense to you, then you must be the type of person that enjoys making trouble. (admit it...uh huh, yes) 4) Administrators are people just like you. They have opinions and beliefs, just like you. If you don't like something an Administrator did or said, DO NOT complain about them on the forum, report the post or PM another Administrator (we always have at least two for this reason). If this doesn't make sense to you, then you must be the type of person that really enjoys making trouble. 5) If you want to leave the forum, just leave. If you want to come back, welcome back. 6) If you want to leave the forum because of something that happened, DO NOT complain about it on the forum without ever contacting the Admins. Your posts will be removed. Why? Because you're doing it to cause trouble, and the admins are here for everyone, not just your 'enemy', and it's their job to stop trouble, even if you are causing it. If you really feel compelled to say goodbye because you want to move on, then create a Status Update. 7) If you don't think you're causing trouble - then please explain your position to the admins. We'll be happy to listen to your story. But if you complain to all the members, copy and paste stuff on other forums, and never ever contact us, we kinda don't believe you when you claim you're not being a troublemaker. So for every rumor, perhaps we should all ask - did you talk to Greg or Brian about this? I know I talk to Brian when I'm not sure what to do or when I'm upset. Give him a try, he's a really nice guy. 8 ) Posting PMs on the forum is not allowed. Ever. If it's useful information, fine. But beware, we will remove posted PMs if we don't appreciate the intent. Use Common Sense. Also, The Guidelines apply to PMs as well. Anyone can report a PM message just like a post on the forum. 9) There's a difference between getting upset and complaining, and getting upset and causing trouble. It's actually okay to let off some steam, we get it. BUT. We do not want trouble. We stop it the troubles - That's what the members expect from us. 10) If you are ever treated unfairly, if someone says something that offends you, if you get pissed off about anything that happens here, if someone does something illegal here, etc - report it to me or Brian! You don't even have to be nice. Just lay it out. Even if I can't or don't want to handle it, I'll delegate it. But please, give me a chance to help you before you try something rash! 11) About posts that are removed. They are either hidden or deleted. No Moderator or Admin can secretly snipe your post. All mods and admins can see who hid or deleted anything. They can still see hidden posts. It's no secret to us. Typically, we never delete posts though. We remove them. Every Mod, and every Admin, has to explain why they removed a post to the other mods and admins. We are not allowed to act as lone wolves out here in these parts... 12) If there is ever anything you need help with on the forum, please contact any mod or admin. We are here to help you! 13) It's true! We are actually here to help you. No other member has the responsibility the mods have - when you take an issue to a moderator, they must do something about it. So, please use the effectiveness of the mods. They are the ones who can make the trouble go away. 14) And when all reason and serenity has escaped you, and you just can't deal with things as an adult, we offer you The Thunderdome Forum. It's under the Jibber-Jabber Category. Posts there will not show up in the Topic Feed. However, The Thunderdome is NOT MODERATED. You can say whatever you want and deal with the blow back, however anyone else wants. But if any of the shit in the Thunderdome gets on the Main Site, you will be BANNED by the Master Blaster. You have been warned. 15) If I forgot something, let me know. So have fun everyone!
    15 points
  41. Please welcome @compwaco to the moderator team. We all look forward to working with Ken to keep our community safe and fun.
    15 points
  42. Top to bottom live wire power conditioner Tascam CD-200 Emotiva UMC-200 Carver AV-405 Carver M-0.5t Denon DP-300f turntable polk LSI-15 mains Mirage nansats for surrounds changed the picture, close up of the rack mounted gear and an overall picture of the entertainment console. I made the console with the idea of left and right 19” rack mounts (I play guitar and was going to make the left side into a guitar rack, never got past the idea stage on that one). Center channel speaker spot was made for the Polk center channel speaker. The rest of the cabinet dimensions are based on those 3 design criteria. Cabinet was finished in a purple/mahogany stain with multiple coats of poly. By Carver wattage standards, these are pretty tame amps but my wife said she heard me playing rush about 1/4 mile away from the house so I suppose plenty powerful enough 🙂
    14 points
  43. Hello Everyone, I recently retired, have many hobbies, and enjoy electronics in the winter. Over the last couple of months, I restored a few vintage power amplifiers from the 70's. I created an account on this site because I own a Sunfire subwoofer since the late 90's which is still working today, just purchased a dead one, and since I've been able to get it working, I will be doing a full restoration. I figured that it is time for me to share any knowledge or info that may be helpful for others and have just started doing so on other forums. Thanks, Bob
    14 points
  44. As a few of you know, my new (and hopefully temporary) job requires A LOT of travel. As luck would have it, my current assignment had me leave home on Dec 18th for 4 months, and with a work radius of about 400 miles - Kansas City MO to Littlerock AR, and Oklahoma City to Osage Beach (Lake Ozark). I was (am) not thrilled with the concept of being away from the family for the holidays, but as the old saying goes, “ya gotta do what ya gotta do”. The one bright spot spot in all of this, is that Dick (Sk1bum) resides within this area. While I relish the opportunity to meet ANY member on this site, there are a special few that I especially want to meet. Dick certainly fits that bill, as he and I talk regularly and have a great deal in common. So when I call Dick a couple weeks ago and told him I’d be in his neck of the woods for work, we immediately decided to meet up. As the conversation progressed, I mentioned that I would not be able to travel home for Christmas (there are no trips home for this job). Dick immediately told me that I would be spending Christmas with his family - it wasn’t an invitation, it was an expectation. I graciously accepted, after receiving reassurance that I would not be intruding. I planned my travels to arrive in Springfield yesterday afternoon, and after checking in to my motel, went out to his place for the evening. This visit was separate from what is to come today. Anyway, Dick was so kind as to bbq a couple of rib steaks bigger than my foot, fry up some potatoes, and to top it all off, we shared some 21 year old single malt Glenfiddich - hospitality level off the charts! I can’t begin to tell you how a home cooked meal hit the spot after being on the road! We did a little listening to Dick’s multiple systems, and I am now intrigued by electrostats (just what I need, another speaker itch...). His Martin Logan’s, powered by a 500t mkII, sounded sublime with both vinyl and digital. I was also intrigued by his vinyl reproduction, but I’m just too lazy to chase that rabbit, lol. So as I sit here in a lonely hotel room, I am beyond thankful that I’ll be heading over to Dick’s house in a couple hours to travel to his mother’s home for a family Christmas gathering. I simply don’t have the words to express my thanks for your generosity and friendship. Merry Christmas everyone.
    14 points
  45. We're officially in our new house now as of a couple months ago...finally. I had the upstairs finished out which is about 15.5'x 36' so I have good space. Since weather was kind of crappy and muggy yesterday, my wife and I worked upstairs some today. I decided to put the Belle clones on the 15' wide "short wall" and I feel they sound better this way. I ran them on the VTA ST-70 for a little while but it's just too damn warm this time of year. I hooked up my fully rebuilt Carver M-200t (thanks @dennismiller55 ) which, honestly, sounds a little better on the Belles. Obviously its 4x the power, too, so it's coasting along pretty good. Then, today, I got my Infinity Quantum 3's back after them being stored (and lightly used) at my best friends house the last 10 years. Man, I forgot just how damn good those Watkins woofers sound. Also hung up the album frames I made 12+ years ago back in Texas and hung my guitars and guitar picks I've collected through the years. I still have another system in the same room to the left of my chair with the Onkyo P-3000R preamp and my M-1.0t MkII Opt 002 that runs various speakers I including Cerwin Vega VS-150's, Celestion Ditton 44 Series II's, JBL L1's, and a couple other small speakers. I can move my chair around and listen to either setup. Obviously, I've got some extra gear sitting idle. Lol.
    14 points
  46. I went and saw this yesterday, and it was fabulous. It was courageously honest in its portrayal of the life of Freddy and his struggles, but it was done in a very considerate and respectful manner. It had some incredibly humorous moments, and some very touching moments. The portrayal of the Live-Aide concert was pure goose-bump material. Great cast too. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. If you are even a passing Queen fan, go see it.
    14 points
  47. Hey everyone - thanks for the congrats !! This place is quite special to me. I am a member of a few other forums. They too have members that interact often, schedule events together, etc. - just like here. However, I have noticed that this place has a twist I don't see nearly as often on the other sites. That twist is the ready acceptance of new members into "the click". We all have experienced it - you're new to the site, you see all the banter between members, often addressing each other by name, referencing get togethers, events, etc. You probably posted a question and almost certainly received a response that went something like this: "Hi. You should try using the SEARCH button. That question has been asked and answered 1000's of times !! Why are you asking that without searching first ? I am one of the superior beings here - I logged on for the 1st time when we still used Hayes-compatible modems !!! Isn't that right everyone ? Man, these newbies - I tell ya !!!" Immediately you are made to feel like an outsider. If you are lucky, another member may post in your defense and actually give you a link or two in an attempt to answer your question. There will probably be a few other "long-timers" that pile on and extoll the virtues of using the all mighty "Search Button". It makes me smile every time I see it because it is an interesting bit of human nature, more prevalent in some folks than others. I always wonder why they think asking the group of probable subject matter experts a good question is not already like using the "Search Button" ? All of that is to say that this place welcomes new folks in, pushes them gently (or not so gently sometimes) to be active and share and then invites the newbie to sit at the "dinner table" with everyone, new and not-so-new. If the person is cut from the same cloth as we all apparently are, they quickly feel settled and we often pick up a new friend with fresh ideas, stories, skillsets, etc. Everyone benefits and it's important, as a site member and as a human being. If you allow yourself to, you can learn a great deal about people by participating in a forum like this. I'll share something about my journey and how I ended up here. I bought my first piece of Carver gear (a M1.0t, surprised ?? ) in 1986. I had a McIntosh C-26 pre-amp, a Kenwood CD player and a pair of Advent Legacy speakers. My system was awesome !! Fast forward to 2012. I now have two M1.0t's, each in mono, driving a pair of AL-III Plus speakers. Everyone that comes to my home is impressed with the physical format of the system, as well as the sound. My buddy Mike (for you long-timers he has the red 1993 RX-7 with the LS-7 based engine in it I posted pictures of) is an audiophile like no other I have known. He has ZERO brand loyalty to anything in life. He simply seeks out the finest in whatever he decides to do and then chases that rabbit DEEP into it's hole. That said he is one of the brightest people I know and I appreciate his ear. He was listening to my system once and asked if I had re-capped my amps or done any work to refresh them ? Since I do all of his electronic work and computer work, he knows I play in this arena. I replied I hadn't and he mentioned reading on Audio-Karma that members there were stating the real benefits of refreshing old amps. That got me to thinking and a Google search brought me to Rich's MKII page. I was traveling heavily for work and didn't want to get into a full amp tear-down. I sent Rich an email asking about the upgrade process. In what I know now as typical Rich banter, I received a very curt reply (which I mistakenly took as sarcastic at the time) stating I had to get on his waiting list. I asked a few more questions and received short, cold replies. I thought "This guy is an a-hole ! I'm not going to spend any money with him !!" Intent on figuring out if he was a scam or the real deal, I Googled Rich and found this forum. I read with interest every thread I could find on the MKII process for the M1.0t. I ordered all of the parts to do both amps. I took the dining room table hostage and performed the upgrade / refresh to the first victim. Got it all back together two days later and guess what ? It didn't work !! So my first post on the forum was something like "Hi. I upgraded my amp and it doesn't work. Suggestions ??" The first response I received came from a guy named Wayne (wrf) who gave me a gentle kick to the behind by saying "Hmmm. As they say, sh** happens. It looks like you have gone with the "big bang" approach. Installed all the mods and hoped for the best." Ouch !! Boy, he sure put me in my place !! But here is where the difference in this forum and others I participate in lies. He immediately followed up with a couple of suggestions of common mistakes to look for. Russ Kall posted suggestions for things to look for too. After I looked the amp over for obvious stuff and didn't find anything wrong, Wayne suggested that the small signal transistors have a different pin out and I should look at them. I downloaded the cut sheets and discovered that I installed all of them backwards !! I swapped them all around and the amp worked. I then posted that wrf was right and that I had been stupid and installed the transistors backwards. I also included I still had a problem in that I couldn't adjust the bias but the amp was working so progress had been made. Wayne responded "Not stupid. Nobody who tries this is stupid. Everybody learns. There are may ways these mods can go bad and only one way they can go right. As they say, the journey is the reward. Keep us posted. This WILL go right." Of course, I figured out the issue with the bias and was able to upgrade the 2nd M1.0t in about 18 hours, as opposed to the 48 hours the first one took. All of that was to say this - do you realize how powerful the message was, to a true newbie (my 1st post was a plea for help) that long-time members were ready and willing to jump in and help someone who should have probably not been so ambitious in their 1st upgrade attempt ? Not just for me but for other members and potential new members - you can come here and not be treated like a leper. Priceless in an increasingly remote interaction kind of world. That first act of kindness and graciousness made me want to be part of the community. Dennis Miller then sealed my fate when he generously offered up a C-1 to me for an awesome price and then started conversing with me as I started down the C-1 modification journey. As some of you know that poor C-1 was used as an extreme learning tool - it was the test bed for all things B-Man and yet somehow it has survived - I am listening to it right now. :-) Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that what YOU do, and how YOU treat people, might and can have a profound effect on someone, whether they are a new member or an old-time member. Being part of this community is important to me. I have been in a state of flux at work, with a relocation looming over my head, for the past 2 years. I recently received word that I don't have to relocate so I am working on getting my bench set up and getting in the groove again. I will be more active here as things return to a state of normalcy for me. To Greg - thanks for the kind words and for taking on keeping this asylum open. I don't think the world would survive unleashing this many inmates all at once, should you close the doors... To the mods - thanks for what you do. Thankless jobs for sure but important to keeping the house tidy, so to speak. I look forward to helping Greg in any way I can. This is a new journey for me so all I can say is please be patient with me and I promise to do my best.
    14 points
  48. With the holidays approaching I wish all peace and tranquility especially after a historic bitter election that caused so much division. To remember we are all brothers to a greater cause and being in this life.
    14 points
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