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As a kid in the 1970s, I heard a pair of Snell Type A powered by a Sansui 9090db. I heard these at a friend’s house on a regular basis and was mesmerized. It motivated me to build my first system, but at 16-years old, I couldn’t afford much. The magazines were praising Dahlquist DQ-10 at the time. I lusted after them, but at $1000, they were out of reach. That was long ago—42 years to be exact.

Since then, I've spent a significant amount of time with Dahlquist DQ-10, DQ-20i, Alon Model I, Model II, Model V, Alon Circe, Shahinian Obelisk, Shahinian Hawks, Magnepan 3.7i, and Ohm 200. I’m often disappointed with traditional box speakers. I’m drawn to open-baffle and omni-directional designs. The Shahinian Hawks have everything I want. They have a spaciousness that completely fills the room and brings you to the performance, a midrange that haunts, a bottom end that hits you, and a top end that reveals more delicacies than you've heard on a recording. The Obelisk are close seconds, but I’m still fascinated with the DQ-10. They were so far ahead of their time.

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Room Details

Dimensions: 17’ × 13’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


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Thank you Halcro! Very nice of you.

Boonetrc, I don't have any bootleg GD recordings. I have Trinity Sessions which is a great album. Lay it Down is one of my faves.

mingles

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Boonetrc, thanks for the heads up! I just ordered it.

mingles

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Flg2001, I appreciate your comments.

Mavroudakis, I'm glad you found the schematic. You should be aware of the fact that ASL made changes to the circuit without documenting them. My amps are slightly different than the schematic. You probably saw the write up in my system about loose sockets. These caused a few resistors to burn out which, in turn, burned out some tubes. To prevent future problems, I decided to replace all the sockets. I haven't finished... it's tedious work.

Chazzbo, I like the Cartridge Man quite a bit. In my opinion, the Grado Sonata is an under-appreciated cartridge that has one of the best midranges I've heard. I agree with you about Dynavector. The 20X sounds fabulous.

mingles

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Thanks for your comment Sam. I'm hobbling things together the only way I know how... through trial and error! I have to admit I'm starting to question why I bother with vinyl. It requires so much effort compared to digital and the results are spotty. It's starting to feel like a chore rather than an enjoyable experience.

mingles

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Oddly enough, the forums don't allow html tags, but the virtual system descriptions do. Give it a try.

mingles

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Hi T-bone, thanks for visiting. The descriptions and links in my system are basic html. Unfortunately, they aren't a feature at Audiogon, but the tags are easy to learn. Here's a good tutorial that explains how to create bullet lists:

http://www.davesite.com/webstation/html/chap07.shtml

mingles

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System edited: New addition: Bottlehead Extended Foreplay III with Sylvania 6SN7. First impressions are extremely positive. There's no mistaking this a warm preamp. Vocals have more weight and presence. Highs have a new sense of air and ambiance. Cymbals seem to be in the room. Bass has a new punch. The only thing I'll nit-pick about is a tranny buzz between songs. It's independent of volume and source. I'll try to track it down and deal with it.

mingles