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  1. Anyone know if Walter Berry is still around? I'm sure he'd have some good stories to tell. He was always very kind to, & tolerant of, a certain teenager I know who regularly visited the NY showroom with an armfull of LPs.
  2. Martin

    Xa crossover problem?

    Yes. Check the pot to see if it's actually working. Rectilinear pots were notoriously flimsy compared to AR, et. al. The caps are likely bad as well. I had to replace both a burned-out pot & dried-out cap to get my Xs going. Check or replace the caps first-it's easier & cheaper.
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    Rectilinear XI

    I love the fact that you're using Rectilinear XIs instead of your Vienna Haydns which probably cost 10x as much & probably don't sound 1x as good! I had a pair of very good Vienna Mozart Grands sitting next to my Rectilinear IIIs. I sold the Mozarts & kept the IIIs.
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    Dynaco A40XL Crossover

    This is what an A40XL crossover looks like. I've owned these for 40 years & have never opened them up. Figured somebody, somewhere may be curious, although these are rarely seen. Sounds like an A25 with extended high end and with greater efficiency & power handling capacity. Just replaced the cap & like what I hear very much.
  5. No apology needed--just trying to help out
  6. Great sleuthing indeed! I wonder if they also sold KLHSs & EPISs & Adventz & Dynacoz, etc.
  7. Those woofers are younger than your 4axs and are probably cheap, Taiwanese replacement woofers--not necessarily bad, just not AR and definitely not what should be in there. I have never seen an AR woofer with a whizzer cone. If you think anyone at whatever is left of AR will have any idea of what you're talking about, think again. AR as we knew it ceased to exist a long time ago.
  8. Those appear to be non-original, non-AR woofers.
  9. Martin

    ANOTHER KLH Model Five rebuild

    Very nice work! FYI, I clean my KLH & AR grill cloth with a smelly, ammonia-based carpet-cleaner foam in a spray can which works very well and doesn't damage the cloth.
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    ANOTHER KLH Model Five rebuild

    The sort-of clearcoat KLH used can be sanded off to reveal really nice-grained veneer underneath, but beware, the KLH veneers seem thinner & cheaper than the ones used by AR so it's very easy to go too deep, especially with 100-grit.
  11. Martin

    Dynaco A-50 cabinet salvage

    Thanks for the carpet suggestion, Vern; great idea. I have plenty of small carpet samples that will now be put to good use.
  12. I bought Dynaco A25s instead.
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    Opinions on Fisher vs Scott preamps for A25s?

    I was mildly disappointed by my carefully restored 400C when used with my Stereo-70. I am not disappointed with any of my three PAS3 preamps however. I use A40XL or A50s in that system so it's vaguely similar to yours.
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    Dynaco A-50 cabinet salvage

    Thanks, Vern. I've been thinking of mounting my A50s on the wall. I still have the little felt pads that were originally supplied by Dynaco for this purpose, but suspect they won't provide enough isolation.
  15. I spent a lot of my final year of high school in the NYC AR music room. The guy who ran it on weekdays was always very accommodating and was always happy (or at least, willing) to play the LPs I brought and to answer questions. These visits had the desired effect & resulted in the eventual purchase of an AR receiver & XA turntable.