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  1. John Frum

    Kutztown May 7th and 8th 2021

    I think it’s more radio-focused than Kutztown, but the Dayton Hamvention is a biggie. Home - Hamvention Also canceled this year.
  2. John Frum

    Speaker Cables, Trying a Few Things

    Having already sampled the Belden 9497 Kool-Aid, I’m giving this a try:
  3. John Frum

    The Covid-19 thread.

    We will be two weeks out from our second Moderna shots next Thursday. Next Friday, we are taking an Uber to our favorite taqueria - the last place we ate out in February 2020 before my partner’s illness and the arrival of COVID. We’ll walk down the street to the First Friday event at Dayton’s...
  4. John Frum

    Wanted Garrard 301, plus a golden goose.

    It’s gorgeous, but I’m a bottom-feeder. Any top-tier idler of mine is going to have to be an as-found example acquired relatively inexpensively and brought back to service “on the installment plan”.
  5. John Frum

    Wanted Garrard 301, plus a golden goose.

    I wish that 301 that was local to me would have come together for you. I regularly lament not having the scratch when the seller first offered it to me at $700. They’re not getting any thicker on the ground. I tried unsuccessfully to snag a TD-124 in a trade last week. It might have assuaged...
  6. John Frum

    the awful slide of a once revered name

    And with Shinola’s entry into audio with the Runwell turntable, the “Schiit and Shinola” jokes write themselves!
  7. John Frum

    I trust youse guyses - what do any/all of y'all think of/about Joanna Newsom?

    How about this, @mhardy6647: Joanna Newsom narrated the 2014 film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, and at least since her second album is probably the most Pynchonesque songwriter I can think of working today.
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    I trust youse guyses - what do any/all of y'all think of/about Joanna Newsom?

    To give some context: Back in the mid-aughts, as there have been for decades, there were a lot of freaky hippie-types playing music that, broadly speaking, occupied the spectrum between folk and psychedelic rock. One particularly talented and photogenic twentysomething pod of them lived in the...
  9. John Frum

    I trust youse guyses - what do any/all of y'all think of/about Joanna Newsom?

    Each of JN’s albums has displayed a jump in musical mastery and intellectual complexity, and there’s no sign yet that she’s plateaued. That said, there’s certainly an argument to be made that each successive release is less accessible than the last, or to be vulgar, that she’s disappearing...
  10. John Frum

    Is Decware worth the investment

    This certainly drives home how overpriced the Decware amp is.
  11. John Frum

    Haven "Pub" Night - Saturday April 17- 9PM

    Looks like I’ll miss the festivities tonight. Have fun, everyone!
  12. John Frum

    Greetings from Ohio

    Sounds like some fun gear, and you’ve already noticed that HFH is full of people who will encourage your obsessions! There’s a few fellow Ohioans here. I’m in Dayton (and working on a 604-8G project).
  13. John Frum

    New SET.....

    14 months in, I continue to regard my A205A MKII as one of my all-time best audio purchases. I believe @Ernie and @TubeHiFiNut are also in the club.
  14. John Frum

    Cool, Oddball, Vintage and Bizarre stuff for sale

    Transformers potted with this oven will sound 2x as good and command 5x the price!
  15. John Frum

    CD Changers: Love/Hate

    Maybe I got spoiled by that first Sony changer, circa 1996. I have no idea whether my parents bought it used or new (likely used) but it soon replaced a slightly older single-disc player we got in 1995 - our first CD player. The changer felt like a necessity after all those 1¢ BMG Record Club...
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    CD Changers: Love/Hate

    About 5 years back, I had a chance to compare and contrast the Sony CDP-S735, the CDP-CA70ES, and the a SCD-CE595 (CD/SACD). The S735 was the oldest, and reminded me of the Sony changer my parents had when I was little. I could have lived with it, but the Marantz was newer and had a better...
  17. John Frum

    CD Changers: Love/Hate

    I personally like having a changer. Or, I do in theory. To me, in a digital disc player, the performance is a secondary concern behind function and usability. Many changers fall pitifully short in that category, and for that reason I reject out-of-hand cartridge-based players and all “mega...
  18. John Frum

    Sony TC-500A

    I’m in possession of a pair of 8 ohm CHBs from a TC-500a, and now two additional TC-500a decks. It’s not high on my list of priorities, but I plan to test the T/S parameters of a representative sample of six of these drivers. Looking forward to hearing what @paulbottlehead has to say about the...
  19. John Frum

    saw this on another board--lol

    Recommended for use before visiting the Apple Store.
  20. John Frum

    Everybody have a Hoppy Easter!

    We’re staining the deck out back this weekend, and I’m having to take Aero out on a leash when nature calls. This morning, bleary-eyed, I walked him a few blocks down where I spied a plastic Easter egg on the tree lawn. I figured “The kids have had their chance and missed it. Fair game.” I...
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