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  1. ar_pro, OMG, OMG, holy geez, and well, I'll be darned too! I have many other words to express my joy with but, lately, I'm struggling to be civil and find I generally curb my enthusiasm before I unleash a barrage of, well, you understand. So, you located my article that I sent to "Audio" magazine so many years/decades ago. If I were a struggling author, I'd say that I have been published! Rite. I have searched everywhere and on the few sites that enable one to read old magazines w/o paying, I never found it. I did find 'the 'readers-question' section of August 1972 'Audio' as I recall it being in but, strangely that column was deleted out. I had searched my parents house over and over again looking for it only to discover the fact that whenever I was away traveling or whatever, my dearly departed father found it necessary to 'edit' sort of speak my stacks of 'Audio', 'High-Fidelity, and 'Stereo-Review' magazines to a more convenient size renamed the Sanitation Department of New York City, aka 'The City Dump', while his own junk was always treasured and preserved. Though, there was some retribution that occurred when I had to clear out and sell his house at which time I had to toss most of his clippings from newspapers and magazines that he found interesting and valuable but, were decaying simply due to age and a somewhat humid basement. I did retain all of his 'National Geographic's' from the late 1920's on through the 1960's along with a number of history and geography books from that same period of which he was fond of and I still find most interesting in browsing through even these days. Smell though they are, it is apparent most of that history as it were, is not included in school books these days and is proof of the dummying down of the culture. History to everyone in my family was always important. Sure, tell that to most kids today. So, 'ar_pro', you're my hero once again. Your invitation to my weird world of vinyl addiction and hi-fi antiquity is once again extended to you and or a reasonable facsimile thereof. And many thanks for posting this as it's a confirmation of my story being honest. For me, it somehow shows consistency of what, I'm not sure of but, consistency at least. It was fun to read my words from when I was 22 years old, now, if I only looked like that and felt like that once again. Dare I say that's almost fifty years ago 'before they changed the water'* and even though 'Nam' was in full swing, to me, the world felt peaceful as was my life was but, I won't burden you with all of the glorious times and moments I was living at that age as many others may have been also and who knows where the time goes? Generally speaking, post-WWII babies such as myself had a good life in the 1950's thru to the 1990's. My family may have been 'poor but, we was proud'! FM P.S. Many thanks to you "ar_pro" as that was very kind and considerate of you. Also, if you have a moment, could you please tell me the actual date of the magazine as of now, I am still not completely certain. * reference: "The Firesign Theater".
  2. 6-20-18 12:21 EST "Top high-end stereo magazine speaks of AR turntable"….. The July/August issue of ‘The Absolute Sound’ magazine has a half page op/ed on the AR-XA turntable. Although both myTechnic’s SL-1100 and SL-120mk1 turntables are much more natural sounding with a faster sounding pace and quickness, more fluidly detailed and with lightning fast transients more so than as with my Thorens TD-125 tables which seem a touch slower and reserved sounding compared to the Technics but, in contrast, the AR did have some good qualities of its own though not fully equaling the better tables mentioned. Not to forget the many including my TD125 turntables which the AR-XA inspired along with many others. And compared to what I was replacing; a Garrard Lab40, which was lesser than basic sounding, the AR was my first good sounding turntable. I purchased my Garrard Lab40 table in fall of 1967 having just graduated high school and taken on a job as a ‘open-order-clerk’ for a popular stock trading house on Wall Street in NYC. I was able to assemble my first real entry into high-fidelity. Along with a self-built Dynakit tube PAS-3X pre-amplifier and a Dynaco ST-35 tube amplifier I was ready to take-on the big boy’s stereos in my neighborhood and around the world. Or so I immaturely thought. After military service to my country was fulfilled I set out to further develop my long desired stereo system. At the time, going to college on the ‘GI’ bill, by 1972 I saved up enough mulla to purchase two AR-3a speakers and a AR-XA turntable. I was now listening to music with a better clarity, it was much more natural and clear sounding like never before. I had such confident feelings that my system was better than anyone’s that I knew in the area or with-in my group of friends that I would invite folks to have a listen, all of which were impressed by the clear and natural sounding system I had assembled that I always had a beaming ear to ear smile with every listen we had, and my system’s audience was always impressed. With-in a short time later I ventured into turning the volume control up to further test the ability of my new and great sounding system but, that’s when the trouble began. For anything above a moderate listening level produced a howling irritating low frequency noise called ‘acoustic-feedback’. I had wrestled with this new to me phenom and had tried many possible remedies to cure this awful noise. I even placed the AR-Xa on four inches of medium density foam rubber 24X24 inches, I mounted it on soft rubber component feet and tried any number of other possible cures but, nothing helped to rid my system of this horrible condition. I even wrote in to “Audio” magazine editor’s reader’s help section and there my story was published for all to see. Their few recommendations didn’t help either. So, I plodded on, going up the chain of quality phono cartridges hoping that would somehow help. I went from my first installed Shure M3D, to a Shure M55 to a Shure M91ED and nothing seemed to help except for lowering the bass controls on my pre-amp and keeping the volume control at a lower level, frustrating at best. Well, at least for me as a 22 year bass guitar player who wasn’t very satisfied with minimal bass coming out of from my stereo system that I was so enthusiastic and devoted to. By the time I finished school and I had a better job, I built a more powerful amplifier in the form of a Dynakit ST-120 which only served to increase the volume level of the ‘acoustic-feedback’, I was ready to upgrade to a better turntable and at that point in time, there were many to choose from as vinyl was king. And for me, it will always be. Oddly, I had considered the very same Technics tables I presently use but, they were to me at the time, too ‘industrial’ looking and expensive, nor did trust this new invention called 'direct-drive'. I looked at the Thorens TD125 but, it was too costly for a 24 year older’s budget so, I waited. I thought that perhaps new components would make a change and rid me of that dreaded ‘acoustic-feedback’ so, I borrowed with the promise to pay back $370.00 from my mother and purchased an amplifier that changed my whole world. I bought into the ‘new-world’ of high power amplifiers that had emerged onto the hi-fi scene in the 1970-72 time period and bought a brand new Phase Linear PL-400 amplifier. As much as it had improved the sound quality over that measly Dynaco ST-120 amp of 60 watts per-side, it only served to amplify the level of acoustic-feedback, in addition to making every record I put on sound huge, and at least my AR-3a's were sounding better than they ever did so, I was happy about that back then. Several months later I purchased the beautiful and oh so intricate Phase Linear 4000 pre-amp. It had all of the bells and whistles and with the amazing degree of control flexibility I was only slightly able to quell the still present and dreaded acoustic-feedback at higher listening levels. Being on a roll of fast purchases I had saved enough money and once more started considering other turntables. Like I always did, I had studied every brochure and magazine article and test-report I could find. I also continued to haunt the many hi-fi and stereo shops like I normally did in Manhattan searching for a viable replacement turntable and asked questions in almost every store I walked into. Downtrodden and woeful, I felt I was the only person who had the dreaded 'acoustic-feedback' disease. Until, one day I found my life-changing table from a manufacturer that I wasn’t familiar with. A company called “Micro-Seiki”, it had introduced along with another company I had been aware of out of England, “Tannoy”, a wonderfully beautiful and sleek table, the TM-55 replete with a beautiful rose-wood veneer plinth and a ‘real’ feeling and operating precision tonearm. My prays were to be answered! Absent were the feeble feeling tonearm of the AR-XA that never could find it’s silly damping ability. Gone was the cheap little generic power switch and also gone was the first push-start I had to do with my hand to alleviate wear on the belt as this new table was a ‘direct-drive’ and started turning instantly. However, beyond its lovely and outward beauty of appearance the biggest feature was the awful ‘acoustic-feedback’ was gone once and for all. I suddenly had more and a real sounding bass response and I could turn-up the volume to hear a real bass sound. So, with-in a month's time I went once again and bought the fairly recent Shure V15 Type III cartridge and so continued my life-long quest for better quality sound, except now I was in possession of it. I mean com-on, AR3a's. plus Micro-Statics and 400 RMS watts per-channel, a Shure Type III, an upper-tier direct-drive table, really? What could compare to that in a thriving middle-class neighborhood? Also, through the amazing flexibility of the Phase Linear 4000 pre-amp and the humongous driving power of the Phase Linear PL-400 amplifier I was finally able to hear bass response like I never did before from my two AR-3a’s. My commitment to AR-3a speakers was now more than concrete. Yes, I was a happy camper as they say, and to further confirm my well made decisions from all those years ago, my system is still mostly the same brands with Phase Linear amps and pre-amps along with AR speakers in two huge life-like sounding systems. If anything, I am true to certain brand name components and they have stood the test of time both electrically and mechanically but, most importantly of all the sound quality has improved as I have mostly only improved the ‘input’ source quality with higher-end moving coil cartridges coupled with a regimented policy of absolutely clean vinyl and certainly the addition of high quality tonearms such as the S.M.E 3009 Pre-Improved and the Dynavector DV-505, the Grace F840 and the Fidelity Research FR54 tonearms at the ready to please my demands of any listening of any type of music. All vintage mind you, but these are tonearms I had always dreamt of so many years ago and certainly will hold up against many newer quality tonearms of today,(though not the super astro-priced high-end arms), of course. All coupled with higher quality interconnect cables. And now, I'm happier than ever before with my stereo system(s). Geez, it took decades to get where I am today but mostly, I enjoyed every one of those moments even though I continually hungered for more at the time. Presently, I look no further as I appreciate what I do have. Of course, phono cartridges and interconnects can and do make worlds of differences so, I will always keep an open ear for next best affordable ones. Do read this short article about the AR table as it’s nice to see the reviewer (one of my favorites) giving sincere and deserved credit to Ed Villchur. FM
  3. Newly acquired AR-LST

    Evidently, your newly constructed stands look much better when in use. I like them a lot and the double thick base really convey a sense of solidness. The color you paint them could be a medium gray or black, tough call on that choice but, being that your LST's are black............. Other than that, you will enjoy yourself like few others can. But, you already knew that when you made your choices about which speakers to own. FM
  4. Newly acquired AR-LST

    6-10-18 Well, "lakecat" was absolutely correct in order to give more rigidity to the structure over-all. As you had them, all it would've taken was one good push in the wrong direction and the whole thing would've bent and collapsed like a folding chair. It would've been, good-bye LST's, hello tears. Now with the effort made and things gradually coming into place it's time to consider all of the other important steps in using these wonderful speakers to their fullest potential. Other than that, it appears as though you are doing a fine job in beginning your AR-LST experience. FMste as plain text instead
  5. AR LST tweeters foam pads

    Michele, questi sono migliori e sono nuovi. http://www.ebay.com/itm/AR-Acoustic-Research-Replacement-Tweeter-for-AR2a-AR3-LST-Speakers-MT-4121-4-/152720222777?hash=item238ed5aa39:g:k~kAAOSwc8lZzEo4
  6. Newly acquired AR-LST

    6-8-18 Hi David, Okay, let me just say when I see wooden stands I’m usually skeptical when used under such heavy speakers. However, if you reinforce these, you should by using long enough screws and then test these stands with your own weight on top. I searched near and far for a couple of years until I found the metal stands I use presently. Since they were designed as stands for individual speakers, I decided to use them in a double configuration side by side under each speaker. Individually, they can support 250lbs. so, doubling will easily support the roughly 200lbs that two stacked LST’s weigh. Anyway, I’m thinking that since you have flat wooden bottoms and you probably haven’t confirmed the speakers optimum placement, you could screw four 2 inch wheels on the bottoms which will allow you to easily move the speakers around until you find their sweet-spot. Also, since you’re showing stands with flat bottoms, you’ll have to use medium size dense rubber feet or spikes in each corner, otherwise because of the flat-bottoms, they’d be rocky and unstable on a rug or hard floor. It has been noted for best sound, their backs should be against the front wall and sitting on stands at the 20 inches you’ve made yours, or higher. FM Hello Dan.
  7. Anatomy of a 200029-1 Tweeter

    Excellent post here fellas and thanks very much. This is feeling like the old CSP. Thank goodness. And seventy1, you've given hope for the future to users of the XXX29 tweeter. FM
  8. Newly acquired AR-LST

    I would use some DeoxIT with the brush applicator. It comes in a little cute bottle and is very helpful in keeping that fuse post's contacts and fuse free of oxidation. It's expensive but, that little bottle is less than half used and I've had it ten years. I use it on every contact point in my system. Interconnects, tonearm wires and cartridge pins .Use very sparingly here as it could wick up into the cartridge. On my LST's, I use spade connectors along with 12 AWG copper wires. I coat the LST screw down connector surfaces first then a touch on the spades. I use it on all 'RCA' inputs that go into my pre-amp and to every input component's connectors also. A little goes a long way, just a very light coating will do. Every little change to a system can be an improvement and together can add up to slight but, important differences in sound quality. These fuses are large and slow-blow but, they will not protect tweeters. I know I've learned the hard way. Miraculously, I've never lost a midrange.
  9. Newly acquired AR-LST

    The LST is AR's ultimate expression of the classic series in the AR line prior to the AR 9 and as such should be set-up and correctly situated in the listening room as close as possible to its given needs. I had my LST's in three different rooms and locations before this present one. Each of the previous room did not allow me to set-up these speakers to optimum advantage. When I set them up in my present location, upon just a short period of listening, I knew this is how they would sound their best. Since I initially approached the issue with that intent, I decided that their correct placement was my first priority for maximum enjoyment. For all intents I built the system around their needs and they were placed in the room first and all other componentry was off to the sides. The LST's solely occupy the front wall with nothing else on that same wall. As a result, longer runs and heavier gauge of speaker cables were necessary but, the excellent results are more than I can describe here. If need be, search my older posts and you'll see their dominance and obvious importance in the room. In affect they are unusually shaped speakers with somewhat unusual needs but, if you allow for their correct power needs and room placement, the rewards can be quite satisfying. The quality, and expansiveness of their sound has enabled me to enjoy myself more than I ever have with the other set-ups I had them in before and is further proof of the importance of correct room set-up and speaker cabinet placement. FM
  10. Newly acquired AR-LST

    Look into these. I would make certain with the vendor that these are the correct size. https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-Brass-Fuse-Clips-PCB-Mounting-Fuse-Holder-Clips-Terminal-Schurter-Fit-5x20mm/332333022370?epid=5010296168&hash=item4d60977ca2:g:B-0AAOSwNJ5ZheUU https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-Of-51-Assorted-Fuse-Holders-clips/332664620125?hash=item4d745b445d:g:KcUAAOSwhqhaFbXZ Oh, hi Vern.
  11. “ AR-LST, after Forty Six Years of Use”

    5-16-18 I have been sitting on eggshells listening for the noises I reported initially. Every time I listened, I sat in fear of whatever could happen. Either a amplifier explosion, or a woofer flying out of its metal basket and cabinet grill cloth. When I read from member “Chris1this1” I thought his suggestion was a possibility but, doubtful as being the cause. A week ago I sheepishly walked up to the speaker I thought was the noise maker (only rarely and not continuously) , and I turned the transformer’s control several times back and forth while quietly hoping this might be a solution as Chris suggested it might be. Chris’s suggestion reminded me of the possibility of oxidation, dirt or fiber-glass particles working their way into those contacts of the transformer. I haven’t heard the offending noise ever since. So, all’s well that ends well, I hope. My fear was that perhaps it might have been a dying capacitor and the chance that it’s still not up to spec and is a required repair but, there are no audible noises or indications that are audible. It may have been the speaker’s ‘caps’ or transformer's contacts or, it maybe an amplifier problem still looming but, either way I’m not hearing the noises any longer so, fingers are crossed. I have held-off on the installation of any tweeters until the problem is resolved completely because I'm not willing to blow the 16 expensive used AR-9 tweeters that are slated for these four LSTs. Any knowledgeable opinions? FM P.S. Is Chris becoming our tweeter hero and more?
  12. Newly acquired AR-LST

    I wouldn't listen to them any further until they are properly set-up to realize what they actually sound like. They should be at least 16 to 24 inches above the floor, about 6 to 8 feet apart, and 1 to 3 inches away from the front wall and away from the left and right corners of the front wall. These speakers are definitely not meant to be in the middle of a room under any circumstances. Congratulations and good luck with them as you've entered a club that doesn't have many other members. FM
  13. Repatriated AR collection

    @ owlsplace, you're driving a hard bargain here. But, since you're now closer to these speakers than I, I bet you'll get them and your life of listening will change for the better. And please, do the right thing, use only very high power to drive them.
  14. AR's honesty and the 3a's excellence

    Hi SteveF, excellent and enjoyable write-up, as usual. I hope some of the newer members take heed to the points you've made, especially about cabinet and correct room placement. There seems to be a trend for some here of rewriting the rules about positioning and proper placement. I sometimes attempt to inform/correct them but, I'm usually stonewalled and besmirched for it. FM