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    Cassettes, again: Nakamichi LX-5

    Guess I've been thinking about cassettes more and more after seeing one of the vids from John DeVore's YouTube channel. He spends a few minutes showing different tapes--from shows that he recorded, from bands he was in--and talking about their appeal. It isn't an argument for fidelity so much as...
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    Gates CB-500. Big.

    I bought two of these, actually, about five or six years ago when I was thinking about putting together the world's most cumbersome DJ setup. Kidding--I bought two because I thought that I might need a parts unit to get one up and running. (Why did I buy them at all? Weakness. Or a lonely...
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    I blame Redboy for this

    Vintage tools. 😬 Cleaned about 50 years worth of sawdust out of it, de-rusted some parts, painted the cabinet, which really needed it, rebuilt the motor. Still a few things to do, including figuring out what kind of fence to put on it.
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    Thinkin' bout the Bugle

    Hi, all. I've been considering a few different circuits to try for my second build. The Bugle looks promising, and I've read at least a couple of threads here dedicated to that particular amp. I'm still getting used to this, and I wonder if someone can clarify what's going on in the power...
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    Reluctant woodworker builds Silbatones

    I've only tried to build speakers from the ground up once before. IIRC, about twelve or so years ago, I tried what I thought was a simple cabinet design for a pair of small Fostexes. It did not go well. The project--which I've since dubbed my "pioneer" speakers, because they looked like...
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    Carbon Fiber Coasters

    Don’t know about you fellows, but in the middle of summer I find that nothing holds my drink like a nice carbon fiber coaster: Kidding! I cut some carbon fiber (badly) to make a couple of arm boards for my Fairchild. Because...
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    Acrosound TO-300: circuit shopping

    This past spring, I built my first amplifier. In part, the project was a test run with a circuit I felt more or less comfortable attempting. Though I didn't mention it until the end of that thread, I was also motivated to try because I've had a pair of Acrosound TO-300 transformers tucked away...
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    watt built an NSC

    NSC = Nigel's Speed Controller, of course. A speed controller to use with my modified Lenco. I bought the boards and the IC around 2017, iirc. When I mentioned my plans to build one, sort of off-handedly, to Redboy, he told me that he had a box o' parts for it. I think I bought those a year...
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    FS: Some SACDs

    Has anyone ever offered up Dvorak and Can together? It's a crazy world, but I wonder if I'm the first . . . $11 each + $4 shipping, or $60, shipped for all. And Tago Mago, $11 + $4 shipping. Or, if you want them all, $69 shipped.
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    A thing of beauty from Dayton, OH

    I had other creative (annoying) thread titles, too. Like "A pretty complicated way to ship an RCA 12AX7" (found one in the upper compartment). In either case, it's a Jackson 648! I plan to calibrate it according to the instructions here. I have a B&K 606 that's been useful for quick checks...
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    watt finally builds an amp (results TBD)

    [[This is sort of a long-winded wind-up to the real questions in post #2. Feel free to skip ahead if you’re so inclined.]] By the spring of 2010, I was already in pretty deep. I had moved to Austin from Chicago, and to Chicago from St. Louis before that. That kind of displacement led to a fair...
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    Sold: Pangea AC-14SE power cables

    Got these as part of a package deal, and I don't need them. Here's (link) Audio Advisor's page on them (unsure if these are Mk I or Mk II). Each cable is 1 meter. $28 shipped, each. Or $50 shipped for both.
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    Can watt build a Slagle AVC?

    I’ve been interested in the Slagle autoformers since seeing a thread or two of Redboy’s several years ago. A few months ago, after exchanging a few messages with him, I convinced myself that I could build one (remains to be seen—I never build anything), and I started collecting the parts to do...
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    Can watt rebuild a Scott 200B?

    I bought this amp about seven or eight years ago, in unknown operational condition, thinking that it would be a good project for learning how to rebuild a tube amp. It's been on a shelf since then. Now, I'm a little more comfortable with an iron and a schematic. I've recapped a couple of things...
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    Hey there from NC (by way of Austin, Chicago, et al)

    Redboy told me about this place, so here I am. I started caring about stereo equipment and participating in forums about it around 2008. I had a lot of questions about the Marantz 2235B I’d just bought from a yard sale. I didn’t know a thing about stereos or circuits, but I remembered my dad’s...