Apr 152018
Jeff checking in ...

After a couple cups of coffee this morning, I sat down and practiced my fingerstyle guitar lesson for about an hour. I’m enjoying working my way through a beginning fingerstyle guitar course book, in hopes that I’ll become a better guitar player (it wouldn’t take much! 😉 ). One of my goals in retirement has […]

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Apr 142018
GE 6L6GC vs. Tung-Sol 6L6GC STR: The Day the Music Died!

I decided to bite the bullet and order two matched pairs of the increasingly rare & expensive NOS GE 6L6GC’s for my vintage MC30 monaural amps, so I could compare the fresh new GE’s to the new production Tung-Sol 6L6GC STR’s. I have found certain aspects of the Tung-Sol’s musical & sonic performance to be […]

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Mar 252018
Jeff checking in ... the hifi witching hour!

Have you ever had one of those periods of time where everything goes wrong? I’m in one of those periods now. Usually it seems like things go astray in triplets, for same strange reason. Usually, I sigh with relief after the third mishap, because things are about to get better, but this time it appears […]

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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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