Macdaddy is member #100, according to the forum stats at the bottom of the homepage. Thats pretty cool.
And we are really happy to have you here!writethis;n10786 said:Hey there gang. So grateful to Hartge7 for pointing me here. Looks like a lot (okay, maybe most) of my favorite people from AK have ended up here.
I'm a guy who came of age in the 70s, spent my high school years drooling over the Warehouse Sound catalogs but most of my money at the time went to guitar gear and funny plant material sold in plastic bags.
Now I'm married with three kids, and into stereo gear and vinyl more than at any other point in my life. Actually Hartge7 was instrumental in that transition, having sold me the Philips GA-212 that pulled me back into vinyl. That must have been five or six years ago - around the same time I stumbled across AK. This new online venue feels way more like a place I want to spend time these days.
I'm a former musician (not famous), which is why I'm living in Nashville. No longer making music for a living, which is why I have room in my life to be as passionate as I am about listening at home.
I know my system still has a lot of room for improvement, but it's taken a pretty big leap in the past year: VPI HW-19 MK IV, Rega Elex-R, Kef 103.2. Spinning little silver discs via an Eastern Electric MiniMax CD player, enjoying classical music from our astonishingly good sounding local NPR station via a Punker-X restored Harman Kardon Citation 15. The best part of the system is the room it sits in - designed, built and tuned as a dedicated space for 2-channel audio back when I was writing and producing tracks every day. Now it's (d)evolved into a really comfy mancave, attached to the house but acoustically isolated.
Really happy to be here!
Pre-Nashville I was an ad agency creative, based in the midwest but for 10 years I spent at least half of each year in LA producing TV and radio commercials. Came to Nashville to chase songwriting, ultimately ended up being signed to a large global music publisher. My job was to write or co-write tunes specifically to be pitched for ad campaigns and film soundtracks. Got to do it full time for a few years, and had some nice opportunities to write with people from London, Australia, Colombia. Plus the publisher would send me to LA and Toronto to write with people. Super fun time, and I'm grateful for the opportunities. Now back to writing marketing/branding/ad stuff, but on a freelance basis. I also get to name products and companies sometimes, which is something I've always enjoyed. Being freelance means I get to work from home about half the time, which means listening to my system while I work. The biggest downside to working from home is the lure of a watering hole like Audio Haven...Prime Minister;n10801 said:And we are really happy to have you here!
Where and with whom were you playing? I bet you have some stories to tell about life in Nashville!
Thanks. I'll try to take a pic of the system in its current state tonight.TubeHiFiNut;n10789 said:
Easily the best sound I've ever gotten at home. Amazes me every time I listen. I know lots of guys have way better stuff but this is the most satisfied I've ever been with my gear.marantzfan;n10816 said:
Thanks Hartge7. I do feel my system is getting better as time goes by. That and acquiring clean vinyl are definitely where all my discretionary time, money and passion have ended up for the past few years. I have corresponded with tomlinmgt numerous times, but mostly because we both found ourselves owning the somewhat rare TAD-60 power amps. I still have mine because I can't yet bring myself to let it find a new home; that and a second pair of KEF 103.2 are the only "spare" gear on hand here.Hartge7;n10906 said:Since TJLitt removed all my invitees, I had to start over and through some PMs with Michael, writethis has joined us. I knew he would fit right in with the way he has upped his rig over the years and was looking to discuss improving the sound, not whatever passes for discussion over there.
writethis, Michael (tomlinmgt ) will be happy to direct you to or even review your sound treatments. He is all over that aspect of the room. Seems like you are well ahead of many of us.
Interested in hearing how much better the Citation was after the alignment.