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  1. Sure got me beat! (wasn't easy... 😉 ) nice Setup.
  2. Love the colors, Feels like the 60's all over again. Or, is that a real flashback? 😉
  3. Elvis says, you should party! Happy Birthday!
  4. I certainly and absolutely, don't know for sure. However, I have pondered that it must have something to do with the specific "measure of work" performed. I.e., the physics equation "Work = Force x Displacement", or in English, "Work is the product of Force and Displacement." Sometimes, written replacing "Displacement" with "Distance." OK, so what is it that I'm suggesting it has to do with? it's the "displacement." Easy enough to see the horse, in the original figure, lifting the weight a displacement distance. But, what is the "displacement" of wave forces on the tympanic membrane? (or out the speaker cone?) Is it cumulative of both in and out displacement? And is it one cycle, or many cycles, over time, cumulative? I think the factor that has to have a standard metric is going to be displacement..., then, perhaps it's solvable in the form of some equation. (For that matter, someone probably already has done the calculus..., I haven't come across it, yet.) But, honestly, I don't know - just offering this concept as a suggestion to lead to the answer, or as a point of confusion that I have around the question/topic.
  5. Well, Happy Birthday To You ! Party like Elvis! Hat and all.
  6. From Wikipedia: Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power, or the rate at which work is done. [...] The term was adopted in the late 18th century by Scottish engineer James Watt to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. Bonus question: How many hp is a Carver M1.0t MkII Opt2 amp? 😉
  7. Wasn't it Bluto, or Brutus (both names apparently were used). Another story of Popeye, I found on the internet..., so it must be true, is that the character was based on a real person, named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel, of Illinois. Story here: https://rare.us/rare-news/history/frank-rocky-fiegel-popeye/
  8. I dunno, I sent him an Ebay message, he replied with "I sold the CC last year." Nothing else.
  9. happy belated b'day @Sk1Bum
  10. What a great guy. Prayers, always.
  11. We're in the 40s today (Chicago-land). 30's yesterday, 20s the day before, 50's the day before that... Chicago-land suburbia
  12. Congratulations, Kevin! Thank you Charley for your endless generosity.
  13. Welcome! The manuals section of the site is under construction - but someone here might have that service manual you seek. Other techs will come along... If nothing else, good to have you join. We love pictures of gear..., show off your setup. Curious, how did you come across silver 7t transformers? That's odd - are you selling? Someone might want those. Welcome to our little piece of paradise!
  14. Excellent deal. The TFM-35 is desirable over the TFM-35x (IMHO), if not just for the gain control on the front! With @Nahash5150's work on it, it's an even better value at this price. Good luck with the sale, @Zenith4me.
  15. Beautiful unit, champagne karma, super act of generosity. Thank you Charlie. I've got a 4000t, so not in. Good luck to all. Karma-returns are in your future, Charley.
  16. Excellent! Thanks for doing that, Charlie
  17. As a Beatles Fan, you are starting the day our right ! Happy Birthday Barry!
  18. FYI, Carlton parted out his CC stereo. Good deal to be had on the amps in this thread. https://www.ebay.com/itm/174145045609?ul_noapp=true
  19. Welcome to our little corner of audio paradise! No worries about touch typing..., no one here will know, or care! Glad to have you here. And, show us some pictures of your gear! Cheers, AJ
  20. It's hard to pinpoint - unless you were there when it happened. I was not. I don't think there is a clear and definitive numbering schema change that can be identified as the dividing line. There are some members here that have more close ties with former employees, and the politics of the end of Bob's participation at Carver Corp. To my knowledge, he left just before the TFM-75 was launched..., and it's design is largely Bob's, but had to be "finished" and delivered by his engineering team that he built..., so his finger prints are on that amp. Over the next many months..., Bob started Sunfire, while the people that took over Carver Corp ran it into the ground. The assets and designs for amps and such were sold to an organization called Phoenix Gold, that produced more pro amps... using the brand Carver, and many of the core designs. You'll find some amps were "re-launched" with some changes over those that were launched during the time Bob Carver was at Carver Corp..., like for example, the TFM-35 and TFM-55 amps. That latter amp is more rare, both are highly coveted. Post-Bob-Carver, they were redesigned adding THX technology for movie sound reproduction to meat the THX theater sound specification. The latter versions of these amps lost their gain control (on the front face) and to many, were harder to work on because the chassis design was changed so that the bottom panel did not reveal the board..., making disassembly necessary to work on and service the amps. The later versions were branded model "TFM-35x" and "TFM-55x." They are still very respectable. And have Bob Carver's legacy in them from their ancestor, but are different. That is just one example that sticks in my limited memory. I don't have a specific time-line of what were Carver designs, and what were post-Carver designs. Others may pipe up with more data. We (generally speaking) as members of the site, like the earlier amps and preamps. (Many of the other components, CD players, etc. were outsourced to Japanese makers - still good). Later, much later, there were some Chinese-made integrated amps as the owners of the brand tried to cut costs and meet needs of a changing consumer retail market - like the 1090, 1050 and 1020, less common - but look like Carver branded gear. Wish I could be more helpful ...and I may have some of the above wrong, too - I just don't have the historical data to answer your question, and the separation occurred before the Internet was the force it is to document things like this in real time..., It is pretty cool that Bob published much of the documentation on the amps he designed into the public domain... There's a VAST library here on the site that has been collected over the years - but alas, the site just migrated to a new host/platform and that section of the site is still under construction. Stick around on this site as people share new stories and read the past threads, and over time, you will pick up a lot of this folklore and stories that shape our perspectives on the bits of wisdom and history that do exist!
  21. Welcome to Paradise, @Butcher. Carver components of yesteryear live on - and don't be afraid to refresh, or have the units you have, refreshed. The 900 is a bit newer, and post-Bob-Carver w.r.t. the Carver Corp..., it may not be as nostalgic as the line that has his design and engineering fingerprints clearly visible... (hence all the references to the M1.0t and it's mods, above). I love my M1.5 (no "t") for crisply blasting the center channel on my HT. That amp, refreshed with new caps and full adjustments back to better than original (new capacitors are higher quality than those available 30+ years ago) just rocks, in my opinion. You have a nice collection that will take you far on your OCCD (obsessive carver collecting disorder) journey! Welcome to TheCarverSite, our own little slice of paradise.
  22. Congratulations, @maytag. Of all the EQ's to have in a stack of other beautiful components..., this one is way cool. Love the light show! 😉 Thank you @Zenith4me for offering up the Karma.
  23. Congratulations! What a perfect way to start the new year. Overnight it to Dennis, he's got some pictures to take in a week..., (I'm told!) 😉 Post some high-rez, Dennis, show us some photography. 😎
  24. Super Karma ! way to keep the love flowing. Not in - good luck to all!
  25. Eventually, Gretsch made a Bo Diddley signature series guitar with a square body called a "Gretsch Firebird" (in the picture from @Brian_at_HHH) which he used, but that was later in his career. He helped design that guitar with Gretsch by saying he wanted a custom guitar like the ones he used earlier in his career. The last Gretsch he used sold at auction for $80,000, two years after he died in 2007, from a stroke during a concert. But to @oldtexasdog's question on what guitar he used when he started out in Chicago? Early in his career, as he was making a name for himself with his signature music, Bo Diddley (also known by his taken family name McDaniel from his mother's cousin, Elias Bates, who raised him), made his own guitars, and made guitars for his friends, out of old Cigar Boxes - which, like many musicians of the time, was the way you had to get into music..., "make your own instrument." "Bo Diddley" was a term back then that meant "absolutely nothin'", and was apropos to McDaniel making music from a guitar, made from "absolutely nothing." Back then, cigars came in wooden boxes of many shapes and sizes and were larger, making them conducive to repurposing as flat-top square guitar bodies. He made dozens of these, gave some away, and if you have one, it is a rare find. He even gave one to Dick Clark, after appearing on American Bandstand. This information is also referenced by Rolling Stone Magazine, link HERE. I found these photos on the internet..., so it must be true..., interesting nonetheless. It's identified as Bo Diddley's first guitar. And, there's an interesting piece on Bo Diddley's guitars on the Google Image Search gives us more interesting photos, HERE. A reference to that image, with Bo Diddley's first guitar in a framed display located in NYC at the Hard Rock Café at 1501 Broadway, is found at this link HERE at a Trip Advisor user review of the cafe. After building his signature sound, he then played a Stewart/Orpheum guitar made in New Jersey who sourced guitar bodies and necks from other manufacturers, with high-end Franz pickups. Eventually, and finally, he moved on to play the Gretsch Firebird. ...among many other guitars in his collection. One thing for sure, is that Bo Diddley could play! Source of this information, and some really good reading: Unique Guitar Blog Link HERE.
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