Jul 202016
The Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA has arrived!

The Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA has arrived at Jeff’s Place! If you’ve been following this developing story, you know how excited I am about the Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA wire from Frederik Carøe in Denmark. “Why?” you ask. I’m glad you asked, so let me give you a brief recap of events up until now to help explain why I am excited about the Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA. It all started with Yazaki-san sending me some vintage Western Electric WE16GA wire […]

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Jul 172016
Jeff checking in ... 2 tips, DCA16GA update, Bumblebees & Red Astrons, and the A5 VOTTs!

It’s been a crazy busy time for yours truly, with travel, work, looking after my 91-year young Mom, getting ready for some memorial services for my Dad, keeping up here at Jeff’s Place, and the like. Sometimes 24 hours in a day seems woefully insufficient. But I wanted to check in and say, “Hi!” and tell you what’s going on, share a few tips with you, and tell you what’s coming up. First I have […]

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Jul 082016
Frederik Carøe DCA16GA update x 2!

I’ve been traveling in England the last couple weeks and got home last night at 1 a.m., and am now trying to get caught back up on everything, including some sleep and some music listening. I was on a tour with Rick Steves’ Europe that was a lot of fun. Rick is a cultural treasure here in Washington State where I live, and you can see his escapades around the world on his television program […]

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Jun 292016
The Jupiter Condenser 'Red Astron' Capacitors in the MX110Z!

I had intended to spend quite a lot more time listening to the gorgeous sounding vintage Sprague Bumblebee 0.22uF capacitors in the C93 & C95 and C94 & C96 positions of my MX110Z to establish a ‘baseline’ before trying any more capacitors. The Bumblebee’s are my favorites of all the capacitors I’ve tried in those positions for the MX110Z for their extraordinary combination of sheer musical prowess and great sonics. The Bumblebee’s are smooth, rich, warm, and colorful, they also have […]

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Jun 182016
Today's Fresh Catch: Red "Astron" Style Capacitors from Jupiter Condenser

I have really been having a lot of fun listening to various capacitors in my vintage McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier. At the moment the vintage Sprague Bumblebees are at the top of my list for capacitors in the C93 & C95 and C94 & C96 positions for my MX110Z for their sheer musical prowess. The half a century old Bumblebees have a ravishingly beautiful combination of sonics & musicality that no modern capacitor has been able to match in my MX110Z capacitor […]

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Jun 122016
Jesper Checking In!

It’s always a pleasure to meet a like minded music lover like Jesper, who loves music and is having fun putting cool hi-fi gear throughout his home. Jesper has a nice mix of vintage and modern gear that fits right in with me and my pals here at Jeff’s Place! Jesper told me: “At the bottom you see my 15” Gold York’s. I’ve owned these for approximately 3 years and they have changed my musical […]

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Jun 112016
The Vintage McIntosh MX110Z Adventure Meets Vintage Sprague Bumblebees!

After getting up this fine Saturday morning, while drinking a couple cups of my favorite coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, I set about pulling off the bottom of my vintage vacuum tube McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier so I could do a little surgery on it. I had two things I wanted to do while under the bonnet, the first being removing the pair of 0.22uF Red Cactus Arizona Capacitors I had doing duty at C93 & C95 and C94 & C96, and […]

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Jun 092016
Today's Fresh Catch: Bumblebees & Tropical Fish

If you read my recent post about tone capacitors you know there are three vintage capacitors that are very highly regarded for their tone, the Sprague Black Beauty, the Sprague Bumblebee, and the Mullard Tropical Fish, and they represent a sort of ‘holy trinity’ of tone for electric guitarists, as well as being at least partly responsible for the rich, musical tone, of some of my favorite vintage vacuum tube audio gear. Sprague Black Beauty capacitors: Among guitarists, vintage Sprague Black Beauty capacitors are known […]

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Jun 072016
Markus Klug's 'Klughoerner' hand-crafted wood replicas of historic Altec multi-cell horns! (updated with more photos)

I’m not often gobsmacked by audio gear anymore, but when I laid my eyes on Markus Klug’s Klughoerner hand-crafted wood replicas of historic multi-cell horns I almost swooned and fell out of my chair! Markus’ Klughoerner multi-cell wood horns are stunning! To the right in the photo above, you can see Markus’ hand-crafted Klughoerner wood replica of the historic Altec 1505B multi-cell horn, sitting next to an original vintage Altec 1505B multi-cell horn (left). Ok, in […]

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Jun 042016
The Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre project progresses ... and other stuff! (now with more updates)

I had a nice day of music listening yesterday afternoon with Leo, Pete, and Ron, as we did some listening comparisons with the Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers and their Hiraga-san inspired crossovers. The Jean Hiraga designed crossovers are about as perfect a match to the Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers as one could hope for, and as a result I’m much further along getting them sorted out than I had anticipated for this short amount […]

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