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  1. OK ! @mr_rye89! You found a great place to hang. Reading your "audio" and "non-audio" fetishes, I think you will fit right in! Welcome. I built a WOPL kit for a PL-400 into a Carver Corp C-500 amp. And it's pretty cool! One of my favorite amps. It had to be modded a bit (but the PL-400 is very close to a C-500 (makes sense, the C-500 was the first amp out of Carver Corp, while Bob Carver designed his unique mag power-supply amps that followed. Kept the revenue going, funding innovation. The C-500 has another row of transistors over the PL-400. Other similarities too. Welcome to the forum!
  2. BIG Birthday Wish, @randog311 Make it one to remember.
  3. Welcome @3Phase Glad you found us.
  4. Do I have this posted in the right thread? 😉
  5. Happy Birthday, Greg. Play some Elvis LOUD - across the Wyoming landscape.
  6. My family had a Fisher 50 Amp, a BSR McDonald 310 Turntable and Fisher XP-55b Speakers. At the time, in the 70's, it was pretty high-end for my Mom and Dad to put the cash out for that. But everyone was musical, and played an instrument, and the classical record collection was pretty extensive. I still have all three of those components - they need service (OK, the amp needs service, speakers and TT are not worth much... LoL. It's in storage, or I'd post a picture. I have most of the record collection, too.
  7. Say Itch, are those the original pieces? Do you still have them?
  8. Yes, but it's the other three in the picture that are doing the "real" smiling..., ...just sayin' 😉
  9. Thanks, everyone. Great to be part of this community. I've never had this many people wish me a happy birthday... I spent the afternoon at AXPONA. And the evening with my wife. Good day all around. My new super-computer (seriously) arrived, and was a nice gift to myself. More on AXPONA in a new thread.
  10. Wah, Wait, WHAT? NEVER Too much "Metal..."
  11. Welcome @opusstuf. That C-1 and m1.5t are beloved components... I'm not a tech, but it would be helpful if you shared what the issues are that you may need help with? Symptoms, what happened when they stopped working, how long since they worked last..., anything helpful will get more tech-minded members thinking on solutions. Again, welcome! Glad you found us!
  12. Woot Woot !! Have a great Birthday !
  13. I'm in love with my Maggie IIIa's, that came out of the Detroit area..., @Robkindly helped me land and mule them. Super guy, super people here on this site!
  14. Welcome @Freaky_friday. Glad you found us. Your speaker journey sounds familiar! Try them all 😉 I didn't know your neck of the woods had that much vintage gear in the market..., Here in Chicago-land, for my tastes, it is a vintage gear desert..., mostly junk and undesirables in the listings. Welcome, and let us know what speakers you try, experience, and prefer..., on your audio journey (it's not a destination!).
  15. Sad news when one of us moves on to the next realm. RIP, clearly you are already missed.
  16. Yes, this is a cool feature. And, the SD/A 490t also has that feature !
  17. The 450 and 490 are the same. But, instead of harvesting the laser, and replacing it, much better approach is to find the donor unit on ebay, and harvest the entire transport mechanism. Why? aligning the laser is more work than just replacing the entire transport, and putting new belts on it. Laser alignment (noted in the service manual) requires some special skills, tools, laser-meter, and such. [Remember that a 490t is more highly coveted unit than an SD/A 450..., so don't harvest a transport from a working 490t..., to save a lesser-value 450t.] I've seen SDA 450's on ebay go for $50. And if mint, just replace the entire CD player. Lots of options, consider the work and value of each path. Good luck! Of course, consider if your current transport might also be serviced. The entire transport is no longer available (that I have found). So, fixing the unit you have may also be desirable. Often just a good cleaning, lubrication, and new belts is all it takes. (I dunno, on your unit, don't know what the issues you are having are...but saving what you got is another path to consider - if at all possible on vintage gear.)
  18. is it just me, or does that look like an embryonic version of a 60's Volkswagon Type 2 Transporter Van? (Yup, the original VW van was called "Type 2" Transporter. The Type 1 was the original Beetle.) yea, that's right, showin' my age...
  19. A little Saturday morning Mojo... 😉
  20. Happy Birthday ! Make it a good one !
  21. The Magna Risers arrived for my Maggie IIIa's ..., hard to focus the rest of the day at work. Ugh!
  22. Welcome @Boatsnh, glad you found us. This IS a good place to hang out. Excellent story you got, and nice to see Carver pushing those Boston's to the wife's delight. Many of us have a similar journey, with gear, divesting some/all, then recollecting ... even better! ...any day now, you'll catch the OCCD bug.
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