Shearwater love!

Very coincidental that this pops up just on the day that my Shearwaters get dragged up from the basement to get hooked up to the Graaf. Shearwaters and tubes are a lovely combo. First time in more then 2 years that they get to play in the bit system again.
Lot's of Shearwater love in this group Erik! They just sound so effortlessly awesome. Pat sure knows his business; dare I say that he is a true giant in the speaker designer realm!
 
Hello All,
I just found this forum and joined. Rather than start a new thread it looks like this one is appropriate. I've had a pair of Hot-Rod Shearwaters for over 20 years. I don't think I'll ever be interested in other speakers. Where I'm currently living they fill a large room beautifully. Sitting and listening in the sweet spot is pretty darn magical. I'm running them through a Primaluna Prologue integrated amp, with a Primaluna CDP. Previously I had a Cary SLI-80. I do the occasional tube rolling, and swap out cords. Actually I just picked up new power tubes last week (the new Tung-Sol EL34B's). Maybe it was just that my old tubes were getting weak, but these sound great, with more bass to fill the big room. Also recently picked up an Isotek power strip/conditioner which seems to help things as well.
Very happy! BTW - I also have a pair of original Kestrals (not HR) in the closet. Blonde wood, just like the ones I heard in my local hifi shop so many years ago. I'll never forget that day. The first time I had experienced such incredible sound and speakers disappearing.
J
 

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Hello All,
I just found this forum and joined. Rather than start a new thread it looks like this one is appropriate. I've had a pair of Hot-Rod Shearwaters for over 20 years. I don't think I'll ever be interested in other speakers. Where I'm currently living they fill a large room beautifully. Sitting and listening in the sweet spot is pretty darn magical. I'm running them through a Primaluna Prologue integrated amp, with a Primaluna CDP. Previously I had a Cary SLI-80. I do the occasional tube rolling, and swap out cords. Actually I just picked up new power tubes last week (the new Tung-Sol EL34B's). Maybe it was just that my old tubes were getting weak, but these sound great, with more bass to fill the big room. Also recently picked up an Isotek power strip/conditioner which seems to help things as well.
Very happy! BTW - I also have a pair of original Kestrals (not HR) in the closet. Blonde wood, just like the ones I heard in my local hifi shop so many years ago. I'll never forget that day. The first time I had experienced such incredible sound and speakers disappearing.
J
We may let you get away without an official introduction thread, but we still need pics of those lovely Shearwaters.

And, of course, welcome to the Haven,
 
Thanks for filling in some of the missing pieces in my post Golden Ears. I still love Patricia Barber to this day!
Shearwaters were voiced on, among others, Patricia Barber, still one of our standards today. Love that beautiful woman and her music so deeply.

If you don't have Monday Night at the Green Mill Vol3, go get it. Your Shearwaters will thank you.
 
Here's a pic of the setup. Sorry it's a little dark/back-lit. The Shearwaters have the cherry veneer. A few dings over the years but it adds character. Regarding that super-expensive hi-fi rack: It was a long thought-out process. That rack was the best I could find for $50 at Home Depot, and there's a reason. We have a couple cats. They love to jump on things and I did not want to find them keeping warm by laying on top of my amp. So a typical rack, table or some type of furniture was right out. This works. They don't like the wire-based shelves and they stay away!
Hey, it was either that or design a "bed of nails" to surround my equipment which I considered but girlfriend vetoed.

It's about as simple of a system as you can get, and I love it.
 

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Oh, forgot to mention -
I've seen people write about the grill cloths / covers of the Meadowlark Shearwaters and Kestrals. I love 'em. The original owners manual rightly points out that you can use a CD (that you don't like) and roll it around the edges to make a tight fit. The size of the gap to do this is perfect for a CD to do the job. It works. Nice tight and clean covers for those that want to use them. I don't notice any difference in the sound with them on or off so I keep them on for dust and cat reasons.
But - when it comes to tube cages... - my amp and CD player sound much better with the tubes exposed and glowing beautifully for all to see :). Or at least for me to see.
 
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