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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:37 pm

What to do for the next two weeks....

So, I survived the 40% rif, I have to burn 60 hours of PTO or I lose it, so, what to do for the next two weeks. Yep, I have all my Christmas Shopping done and pretty much two weeks to stay at home and tinker.

I have a pretty good list of things I want to accomplish. Let's see how far I can get through the list.

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A couple weeks ago I made this very simple table to hold my Carver amp. Very simple, very basic, but for someone that finds it a challenge to cut a straight line with a table saw, I was pretty happy. Oh yeah, that's a previous project the eucalyptus amp stand sitting on the table

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The amp and a Sonos controller are all I need in this spot

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I also have this pile of parts to do something with

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This driver

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This Azura horn

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And this mini fridge that followed me home the other day

What do you guys think? Interested in watching?
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:55 pm

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

VERY, GO FOR IT, LOVE YOUR STAND!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:22 pm

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Free entertainment??? SURE!!!!!
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:35 pm

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Cool! =D> =D> Those are some big ass horns!! :shock: :shock: I bet those Klipschorns sound fantastic with the 20 watt Carver amp, wish you were close enough for me to check them out. :( :(
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:37 pm

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Oh, the table and stand turned out very nice! =D> =D> Doesn't the bass from the Klipsch's shake the tubes? Doesn't look like you have any damping or anti-vibe anywhere... :-k :-k
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:31 pm

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Sux to be you, Robin~
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:53 pm

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

I'm all eyes and ears.
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Post Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:52 pm

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Snoop65 wrote:I'm all eyes and ears.


So am I, looks like you are going to have some fun

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Post Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:45 pm

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

Nice table, Tinpan! Yes; "projects" is what it's all about.... Use them tools! :lol:
Go for it! (whatever "it" is...). I have mine for the ~2 week holiday "break" (see posting...)!
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Post Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:16 pm

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

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Well, I fired up my pipe and ole #2. It's featuring an old pair of Heresy's since the Altec and EV systems are back in my living room.
I can't believe the Sonos reaches my garage. Gotta have tunes and these old Heresy's sound really nice on the Carver tube amp.

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I decided to make some wooden stands for the Oris horns. The metal stands I bought are horrendous to put together. The horns themselves have been receiving new coats of paint and today i put the last coat of clear coat on them. Off to HD tomorrow to get some silicone so I can glue the two pieces together. Holes for the drivers have been completed so now I just need to start assembling these tomorrow. I'm debating on whether to put the PM5a drivers in these or the PM2a drivers I have

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I also got my stands completed for the Azura horns. I used liquid nails to glue the driver ring to the base of the horn but after two days drying, it's still not dry. I might pull that off and just hot glue it or try a different liquid nails. Apparantly liquid nails for sub floors isn't the right stuff

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The Azura horns will be receiving the PM4a driver. I can't wait to get these mounted. I am going to use the Electrovoice Sentry IV bass bin you see on the left for this system. I still need a cross over. Poor little Lascala...

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I also was able to begin the repair on this bass bin

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It will be for the new system in the garage and should be up and running mid February. I'm thinking of moving ole #2 to that system

Doesn't the bass from the Klipsch's shake the tubes?

No, think night club volume levels, I am not as crazy as some of you. There is a small piece of sorbethane under the amp stand feet, just it case. That Carver tube amp was meant for Khorns. It's the first amp I have tried on them that I like. It didn't like the 300b tubes.

Sux to be you, Robin~

Sorry Rabbit, I feel badly for you. I can bring the Carverfest amps back over if you want to figure out why they go FWOOMP FWOOP.

Now off to see Elrgrau post
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2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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Post Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:46 am

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

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First attempt at horn stands came out ok. The plan is to replace the Altec 511b's on top of the EV bass bins. Here you can see the Azura horn resting on a Klipsch Lascala and the Oris horns on a stand in front of them. I tested the Oris horns, finally, and whoa do those horns sound nice. As you can see, both mount have the horns too high to place them on the EV bass bins

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So I made another set that lowers them to a good listening level

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The ten pound magnet of the PM5a driver hold these horn in the perfect position, so I am done with this set up. All I need is a crossover now

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Just another view

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The same result for the Azura horn. The PM4a driver has a 20 lb magnet so i don't need to worry about these tipping forward. They actually rest nicely like this. The challenge will be building a stand to support the weight of the driver so it doesn't rip the ring off the back of the horn. I had to reglue these rings because I used the wrong liquid nails. This one is more of a challenge

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The patch job on the bass bins came out nicely. Just need to sand an paint it

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I had to laugh, this is the factory modification to the A210 cabinets. When the tech upgraded the driver from 416's to 515's they had to cut a notch in the side of the bass bins so they would fit

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Here's what it looks like on the inside

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First order of the day was to wash 10 years worth of dust off these and vacuum out the popcorn and candy wrappers. Then I'll sand and fix the few bad spots

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I found these sliders to use on the bottom of the bass bins. They are rated up to 2500 lbs and these bass bins only weigh 350 lbs each. Note to self, they don't work worth a damn

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I laid these on their sides so I can paint the tops and bottoms the correct shade of VOTT grey. Thes will need to dry and cure for a couple days, so I was glad I did these a couple days ago

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I was happy to see my $10 dollar paint roller kit from Lowes still has parts of it made in the USA. Little things in life make me happy

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After I washed the bass bins, I stood them up to see what they will look like when they are finished. The 803 horns will go on top. That would put them at 8 or 10 feet in the air, which will probably be too high

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The other option would be to lay them on their sides, which is probably what I will do. The horns would be at the perfect level this way. What would be cool is to find another pair of A210s and stack them.

Today I want to finish getting the first coat of paint on the bass bins and see if I can remount the Azura horn driver rings.
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2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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Post Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:24 am

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

Them horns.....I bet they sound awesome! What amp will you drive them with?..and where will you set the crossover?
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Post Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:28 am

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Nice!
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

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Post Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:04 pm

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Way cool!!!
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Post Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:56 am

Re: What to do for the next two weeks....

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First coat of paint

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They are really starting to look nice. I should be able to finish the second coat today, this will let the paint cure while I source the drivers. Hoping to have them in a couple weekends

What amp will you drive them with?.

I am going to try two amps the first will be a Carver VTA 20 with EL 84 tubes, it pushes about 20 watts per channel. The second will be an Audio Notes Kit 1 with 300b tubes. It pushes 8.5 watts per channel. We'll see which one sounds better with these speakers. I have a pretty good idea which one it will be.


.and where will you set the crossover?

VOTTs are usually set at 500 Hz, so that is what these will be. I know the speaker look massive and it looks like the bass will blow your eats off, but what I really like about VOTTS is the mid bass it delivers. My A7's only go to about 50 Hz but it is the s.w.e.e.t.e.s.t. mid bass I have heard. The Ubangi's at Capital Audio Fest went to about 42 Hz which is pretty low for mid bass. I think these should come in around the Ubangi's in terms of performance, 42 Hz. So the range for these should be 42Hz to 500 Hz, everything higher will go through the 803 horns which I hope to pick up next week. I still need to figure out which drivers to use for these, either Altec 416s or Altec 515s. The 416s should have thinner paper and handle less power which is what I want. The 515s are beefier and may perform better in horn enclosures. Doing a lot of reading on this right now. 416s is what is in my A7's
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2 channel - AN L2 Pre-amp, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN 2.1 DAC, DUAL CS 5000 TT, Oppo DV-981HD, Lowther PM4a/Azurahorn/SentryIV

2 channel - AN L3 Signature Line stage, AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, AN Sig. DAC 3.1 , AN Sig. Phono Stage, Sota Comet TT, Altec A5's

2 channel - Carver VTA20 Baby Black Beauty, Custom Line Stage, Klipschorns

2 channel - AN Interstage Mono Blocks 300b PSE, Carver C-5 Pre, Altec A4 speakers


2 channel - Audio Note Kit 1 300b SET, Audio Note DAC 2.1, Altec 288 Horns/JBL Bass bin
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