Recent content by Jay C

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    Musical Humor

    I see some Gary Larson up there. I miss his work. Many years ago he apparently retired and started studying with Jim Hall. Hey, so would I. How about some classic jokes- Q: Why did the singer sleep outside on the porch all night? A: Couldn't find the key. Q: What do you say to a guitarist...
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    "I Was An Idiot for Selling That" - Gear You Wish You Hadn't Sold.

    Parasound HCA 1000 amp. It might be considered mid-fi to this crowd but it sure sounded nice. I gave it to a friend. He's still using it after 20 years. I moved up to tube / Cary amps, but the Parasound was reliable, powerful and did what it was supposed to. I also had an oooold Bryston amp...
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    Golf

    Yes please. How have things changed from Donald Ross to the newer courses. I know holes seem to be getting longer, I guess due to improved clubs and balls? Are there any other modern innovations/considerations?
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    Pics of Pets

    Beautiful!
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    Pics of Pets

    Clumber Spaniel?
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    Pics of Pets

    I've had wonderful dogs in my life. None currently, but I look forward to the next. Nothing like it. Meanwhile, I fell in love with the Cat Lady of Coral Gables. We had many, like a dozen outdoor stray/ferile cats about ten years ago. We gradually got them spayed / neutered to control the...
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    Golf

    Ha! Funny picture! (if you're a golfer) Speaking of drives, it reminds me of when I was a young kid, playing with my grandfather, who was a very good player in his younger days. When I whiffed on a drive, he would say something like, "I'll have a dry gin martini with a twist." Apparently there...
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    When You Think of Seventies Decor, What Comes to Mind?

    Looks like you guys have already nailed it. Yes, avocado and orange, shag rugs.. Yellow was in too. Our kitchen had wallpaper with big flowers. and of course we all remember this, the best way to get those UHF channels, fuzzy but watchable. PS- whoever put up the pic of those glass grapes on...
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    OFF | Western Electric - 19" Rack

    "Post tube era" - Yeah, Shockley changed the world. Much for the better (and in terms of Moore's Law which still seems to hold up to my surprise, and delight re: my iPhone), but tube-heads that like to listen to music still appreciate the old-school magic. That was my Dad's surprise. "Tubes...
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    OFF | Western Electric - 19" Rack

    Thanks! Yeah he was quite a part of that team.. As a kid I always thought it was strictly a telephone company, and that the 300B's were repeaters/boosters for loooong runs of copper telephone wires. I didn't know about WE amps until I got into stereos. It turns out that Bell Labs pretty much...
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    Top Ten Speakers of the 20th Century - Haven Poll

    My experience with the Meadowlark Shearwaters- I'm a simple guy, CDP into an integrated amp. I hope that doesn't diminish your opinions of my upcoming comments. Originally I had a Cary CD-303 CDP into a Cary SLI-80 int. amp , in a tile-floored cement block room about 20x20. (Not the best size or...
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    Top Ten Speakers of the 20th Century - Haven Poll

    And don't dismiss the very first bird hatched, the pre-HR Kestrel. They show up around $500 or less now and then. I could live with them happily.
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    OFF | Western Electric - 19" Rack

    Oh man. That's classic / beautiful. I wish I could pick it up. My Dad worked for Western Electric his whole career. Well, then AT&T, then Lucent,... So I'm always looking at WE stuff to make him proud that I got something related, for nostalgia's sake. He's in his 80's now and was quite...
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    Top Ten Speakers of the 20th Century - Haven Poll

    Meadowlark Shearwater Hot-Rods, or non-HRs. So simple and so natural sounding. Great soundstage, they completely disappear. Vocals and mids kill it. Whether it's Ella with Joe Pass, acoustic Jorma / Hot Tuna, or Monica Zutterland with Bill Evans, they're there. Frequency response is surprisingly...
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    New Member from South Florida

    Welcome! What an incredible looking system. Mine is much more low-budget/simple so I'd be interested to hear the difference. I'm in the Gables.
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