Mar 212018
Duelund DCA wiring fun with Tannoy's and Altec's! Update.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been having fun trying different wiring schemes with my Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers and their Duelund CAST crossovers, as well as my vintage Altec based systems. Tannoy Westminster Royal SE based system: My living room music system is composed of Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers with outboard […]

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Mar 182018
Jeff checking in ...

It’s been a nice weekend of just kicking back, relaxing, and celebrating. To celebrate my Mom’s majority Irish ancestry that we didn’t know she had until after some recent DNA testing (oral tradition isn’t always accurate), we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday with me cooking a traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast of corned beef, […]

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Mar 122018
Almarro A205A EL84 Integrated Amplifier Duelund Coupling Cap Mod. Update x 2.

I’ve been using the sweet little Almarro A205A EL84 integrated amplifier to power my vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers that I’m using in my bedroom system, and it’s a really nice match for them. The volume pot has been kind of noisy in the A205A so I thought I’d pop the bottom off and squirt […]

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Mar 092018
A Duelund DCA12GA tinned-copper wire adventure to kick off the weekend!

Remember my Big Round Tone post from a couple of weeks back, where I discussed the relationship of tone to gauge size for headshell leads, interconnects, speaker cables, and speaker/equipment internal wiring? In relative terms, you get bigger, richer, and rounder tone as gauge size decreases (fatter wire). You can think of it in guitar terms too. […]

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Mar 042018
Kramer's Best Antique Improver

If you’re like me, you’ve had a hard time finding finding a quality wood cleaner, restorer, and preserver, that doesn’t contain things you don’t want on fine or vintage wood finishes (i.e. silicone), or that leaves a waxy buildup that will oxidize to a dull finish over time. I’ve found something I am really impressed […]

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Feb 252018
A Denon DL-103 phonograph cartridge-ectomy for Sunday!

In the last six decades I haven’t broken a single phonograph cartridge, but in the last two weeks I’ve broken two, and the crazy thing about it is I don’t even know how I did it in either case. The first cartridge fatality was the Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 phonograph cartridge Guy Pelletier sent me. I […]

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Feb 182018
Voltage conditioning RCA adapters for the Hagerman FryBaby2 compact burn-in generator!

I really appreciate the emails I get from you. Take for example the recent email from Robert Atkinson, expanding upon using the Hagerman FryBaby2 compact burn-in generator for interconnects, speaker cables, capacitors, and resistors. Jim’s manual for the FryBaby2 is very brief and doesn’t really give the reader a comprehensive overview of the specifics of […]

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Feb 172018
Big Round Tone

I’ve been looking at guitars again, or more exactly, vintage Gibson ES 150 guitars. YouTube example below. Listen to that incredible tone of “Fred Archtop’s” 1938 Gibson ES 150 “Charlie Christian“, it’s out of this world! So what does that have to do with audio? Well, both guitars and audio intersect at music, that’s what! You’ve heard […]

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