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My objective was to assemble an audio system that reproduces a natural and believable sound. Getting a DHT SET amplifier was a big and effective move towards that goal. The tone,timbre and harmonics are very well rendered. I listen to music at home often and for long periods of time. It is an enjoyable and emotionally involving experience. I'm happy with my system.
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    • BPT Signature 3.5 plus
    Balanced AC power is fantastic! All aspects of music reproduction are improved for every single component.
    • Tripoint Troy
    Grounding box that among other proprietary parts features a magnetic module. Beautiful, honest tone, density, harmonics and superb resolution. It simply sounds natural and real. The Troy has a humanistic aspect that allows the music to live and breath emotionally.
    • Coincident Speaker Tech Total eclipse 2
    This wonderful speaker is transparent,open and involving. It`s large yet completely disappears as the source of sound within the room.Very easy to drive,94db and 14 ohm load. I replaced the stock Solens capacitor with the Duelund CAST in the crossover.
    • Coincident Statement linestage
    Superb performance. In my opinion , a masterpiece by Israel Blume. As would be expected, a wonderful match with its sibling the Frankenstein MK II.
    • Coincident Speaker Tech Frankenstein mark 2
    A terrific 300b SET amplifier that is the foundation of my system. Sublime with the Elrog ER 300b tubes. Obtaining this amplifier lead to a permanent change of perspective as to how I listen to music with increased appreciation.
    • Yamamoto YDA-01
    Wonderful music lover's DAC that has a very natural/organic sound quality. Duelund CAST addition(output coupling capacitors) makes it sound even better. It has a very minimalist circuit/design that was implemented well.
    • PS Audio perfect wave
    This is an excellent memory based transport. Life-like presentation and quite transparent and natural.
    • Ocellia Silver Reference
    Very natural and pure sounding with excellent tone,overtones and harmonics.
    • Ocellia Silver Reference
    Same qualities/ comments as the IC.
    • Star Sound Technologies Sistrum
    These Star Sound platforms are mandatory in my system. Effectively managing resonance and vibration leads to a very noticeable sound improvement with every component and especially the speakers. Excellent product.
    • High Fidelity CT1 Ultimate Digital cable
    A highly impressive digital cable that mates beautifully into my system. Contributes to the natural sound presentation.
    • Synergestic Research Quantum
    High quality fuse placed in my DAC,amplifier and linestage. Very noticeable improvement of clarity,transparency and presence compared to the standard fuse.Cost effective.

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Nocturne was indeed great Charles I ended up listening to it twice! Then some more ON right now listening to Fantabulous. Not sure where I'm headed after this but if I find something good I'll let you know.
Cheers,
Jon

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Jon,
I understand 😊. “Nocturne “ is one of my  favorite Oliver Nelson recordings. Really beautiful along with Lem Winchester on vibraphone. An under appreciated session. Now I have to listen to it 😊.
Charles 

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Right on Charles I've been listening since 11AM this morning. And all our conversation about Oliver Nelson got me in the mood for him so listening now to More Blues and the Abstract Truth, then Nocturne, then Three Shade of Blue, then Meet Oliver Nelson. It's a big band Oliver Nelson kind of night!

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Jon,
Yep my fault, you did say “arranged” which is even better 😊.
Listening right now. When I have the time I can listen to jazz for hours at a time.
Charles 

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Charles they were arranged by Oliver Nelson I think that's different than producing but could be the same thing. Great Scott! seemed to be with Nelson's orchestra it was definitely a large band with multiple horns. For Members Only was a small group session organ, drums, bass. Both were very good and yes indeed I seem to find new jazz to listen to constantly. Which is great as I listen so much these days!
Cheers,
Jon

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Hi Jon,
You're welcome but the thanks works in both directions. Oliver Nelson produced recordings for the Shirley Scott trio? I'll have to find these  two for certain. That's the thing about jazz. I've been listening for several decades and yet there's constantly new/unknown recordings to pursue.  It's genuinely amazing how much jazz music has been recorded over the years. Furthermore the overwhelming majority of it is sooooo good.
Charles 

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Charles I found neither recording but i did find Hustlin' and Let It Go both with Stanley Turrentine and both were fantastic. After listening to Charles Earlands hot organ playing Shirley Scott's cool playing was a revelation.

I then got sidetracked when looking for the two Blue records I instead found The Francy Boland Orchestra Blue Flame/ Red Hot/ White Heat which was great. Now listening to Louis Armstrong Black and Blue a classic. After that back to Shirley Scott her Trio two recordings arranged by Oliver Nelson, Great Scott! and For Members Only.

Things are sounding great here Charles thanks for all the recs! :)

jond

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Hi Jon,
I hope that you’re able to find both recordings. Turretine and Oliver Nelson have different approaches to the tenor sax. Yet each really work well with Scott. Your tube amp and Audio Note DAC will do them righteous justice 😊.
Charles 

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Charles thanks for the rec I've heard of Shirley Scott but haven't listened much I will check out Blue Flame and Blue Seven later tonight if I find them streaming.

And glad you knew Charles Earland so well  your taste is of course impeccable Charles. :)

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Jon,
Are you familiar with B3 organist Shirley Scott? I’m quite certain that you’d like her. There are really good records of her with (Ex husband) Stanley Turretine. For example “Blue Flame” . Also “Blue Seven” with Oliver Nelson tenor saxophone. She swings big time.
Charles 

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Hi Jon,
I’m very familiar with Charles Earlsnd, you have good taste 😊.
I love the Hammond B3 organ in jazz and especially when paired with a jazz guitarist.

Given the make up of your audio system I know all these fabulous musicians playing wonderful jazz are reproduced beautifully.
Charles 

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Thanks Charles I love Thelonius and have both of those fantastic recordings! Thanks to the joys of streaming today I've fallen down a Charles Earland rabbit hole if you enjoy organ playing in the vein of Jimmy Smith check out The Almighty Burner.

jond

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Hi Jon,
It’s always nice to hear from you. I have that Marsalis recording, no doubt that you’re enjoying it.

Speaking of Live recordings I don’t know if you are a Thelonious Monk fan or not. If so I strongly recommend “Live At The It Club” and “Live At The Jazz Workshop “.

Both recorded in the early 1960s when his quartet was in top form. His musical soulmate Charlie Rouse is there beautifully on tenor saxophone. Excellent playing by all 4 musicians and the club feel and atmosphere is very well captured.

Happy Memorial weekend to you Jon.
Charles 

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Hey Charles happy Memorial day weekend! Sitting here listening to The Wynton Marsalis Quartet Live at Blues Alley on a rainy day here. Hope you're having a good one!

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Hi Cal,
I was not aware of this site, thanks for bringing it to my attention.  I will definitely give it a visit.
Charles 

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Hi Charles, have you ever been over to HifiHaven?  I just got recommended to the site at WBF and it looks pretty attractive.  This is the first post I read over there:


It was five years ago today that the doors were opened here at HiFi Haven. Actually, it was originally, and briefly, Audio Haven, but that was quickly changed to what we are now.

The idea behind the Haven grew out of my frustration with the constant bickering, tribalism and general nastiness at other audio sites. It seemed to me that it could be possible to create an online gentleman’s club, or even a friendly corner bar, if you will. A place where different people with different ideas could come together to share those ideas, sometimes passionately, but always respectfully, with others who loved this hobby.

Although I entered into it with a plan of relatively great growth, I soon realized that the Haven would work better just as a small club. A friendly group that would grow and evolve and change, just as that friendly corner bar would. And so it has become.

So after five years, let me thank you all, the HiFi Haven family, for making this place what it has become. Yes, truly the friendliest, and least moderated, online audio community.

I thank you also for making my dream of a civilized and friendly spot in the usually divisive and argumentative online audio community, a possibility. After all, it is you who make this place what it is.

I lift a glass to you all, my friends. At some point today, using whatever libation you choose,I humbly request you do the same."

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Hi Cal,
Thanks for the link. As fellow musicians would say when displaying respect for one of their brethren,  "that cat can play"!
Charles 

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Here's a fun video of Doug Raney discussing jazz guitar in case you all haven't seen it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy7Ucg99wD8

cal3713

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Jon,
Thanks for the recommendation I'll check it out. 
Charles 

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Charles yes I do understand I am the same way I plumb the internet looking for new recs and try out lots of stuff on Qobuz. Right now listening to a very nice album Four Flights Up by the David Hazeltine Quartet featuring Slide Hampton. A nice range of tunes some high energy pieces and lovely ballads I think you might dig it. :)

https://www.allmusic.com/album/four-flights-up-mw0000610878

jond

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Jon,
I'm a permanent completely embedded jazz aficianodo,  it just saturates my entire being and I know you understand 😊. Just recently finished listening to some Doug Raney . He died only a few years ago of pneumonia.  I was thinking about him and had to play some of his music. A wonderful jazz guitarist (As was his dad Jim Raney) genes! 😊. Jon feel free to pass along artists and recordings anytime. 
Charles 
Charles 

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Hi Dan,
 It's really nice to hear you, it has been quite some time. So good to know that you are still enjoying your Tannoys surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 
Charles 

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Charles great to hear you're still a jazz fiend me too. :) Qobuz has helped with that tremendous sound and excellent jazz catalog. Looking forward to exchanging jazz recs again, cheers!

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Well Charles, I just thought I'd say hello, it's been a long time since we last spoke together. I'm glad to hear all is well in your system, and it's treating you right.

Same here, just a lot of enjoyment in hearing diverse types and styles of music. It doesn't matter what it is, the old system seems to do it justice.

I wish us both, long continued enjoyment in this aspect of our lives.

Best regards,
Dan

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Hi Jon,
It's very nice to hear from you. Since the Audiogon site changes years back, traffic here (System page)  is a tiny fraction of what it once was. To the point where I hardly check - in anymore.  Yes, I've had no reason to change my system at all. Still very much happy with what I have and listening to jazz😃.

Hi Mark,
I was just referring to  "What's best forum"  , their audio forums look under amplifiers and you'll find many interesting threads.
Charles 

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