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About samberger0357

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    Vintage audio, records, jazz, pre war blues/country.

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  1. samberger0357

    AR1U question

    The short, and obvious, answer, of course, is that you can't. Once you sell them, that's it. That being said, there are certainly those folks out there(like myself, for instance) that buy stuff like your speakers with the intention of adding them to a collection, and using them often, and are not flippers. I suppose the best way of finding those people are to relay your wishes to the new owner and see if you can suss them out. Those that are sincere are usually pretty easy to find. I would love to own your speakers, but I'm quite certain, going by what they typically go for in the open market, that they would not be in my budget range. But obviously the demand is there. So if you really want to sell them, I would just start the process here and on other audio forums and see what happens.
  2. samberger0357

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Of course you're right in AR's backyard more or less so more likely you'll come across these classics easier then me in the Bay Area.
  3. samberger0357

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    You are indeed "Lucky". Congratulations!! This stuff never happens to me, but I love reading about others that it does. Sounds like you're all set to do these beauties up right. Can't wait to hear about the endeavor and see more pictures.
  4. I use early 3a's horizontally sometimes with 1-30's. Great sound.
  5. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    Well you can see the amp that I'm currently using a few posts above yours. Unless you're talking about my home power, and yes, I believe that's clean, too.
  6. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    Thanks. Interesting reading.
  7. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    It's heavy, heavier still with the case. Moving this stuff around, speakers and amps, is my version of weight lifting. Wonderful sounding piece, jives quite nicely with the 3a's. I would say I'm set for the time being.
  8. samberger0357

    Recomend Ar speakers to pair with fisher 400?

    At the end of the day it's about how the music sounds to YOU. I have no doubt the 400(one of the most musical amps of the Golden Age) sounds wonderful with the 11's in your room with your music, with the kind of music you listen to and the settings you listen at. And that is really all that matters. I was listening to my 500C this weekend with my 3a's. a combo I've been told by more then a few folks is just not right, and was seduced by the MUSIC coming from the speakers. I stay away from a lot of music that needs a lot volume anyway, big symphonic pieces and metal,, etc. These days, my listening is much like yours. Mostly acoustical jazz, folk, chamber music, etc. All music that sounds good without a lot of watts, a lot of current, and doesn't need all of the bottom end that the 3a's can produce. I also have a McIntosh MC2105 that puts out over 100 watts, and a few other similar power amps when I do want to listen to stuff that calls for more bottom. But the joy of a good tube amp through the high quality craftsmanship of these wonderful AR speakers is really something to behold. Enjoy the music.
  9. samberger0357

    AR3 - repairs performed by AR?

    Welcome! So you're the guy that's been hoarding all the 3's that I've been looking for, huh?? There will be others who can more definitivly answer your question, but I'm guessing that if you bought these in the Boston area, there's good reason to suspect that you're correct. Or not. In any event, when you get the chance put up some more pictures of them. Always like to see pictures of 3's when I can.
  10. samberger0357

    AR-3 Restoration Complete!

    Love it, but put those grilles back on. Not only do they look much better, but I believe the grilles play into the sonic signature of the speakers.
  11. samberger0357

    AR-3 Restoration Complete!

    Welcome, and wow!!! Amazing job restoring those gorgeous 3's. I'm drooling with envy! They look terrific, and you even have the perfect spot for them. Congratulations!!
  12. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    Got a good deal locally and picked this up today. 200K ohm impedance. Problem solved.
  13. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    You could be right. FWIW McIntosh has informed me that output impedance for the C24 amp is 250 ohm, which makes it perfect for driving the HK22. So for the time being at least I'm going to sit tight. It sounds great with the 3a's.
  14. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    Thanks ar... Yes I have been looking for the Mac's you refer to. In fact there's one not far from me with an ask of $1100 that I might make an offer on. But paying that much(or maybe a little less) for an amp that has the same power as the HK, and is not restored, does not bring me confidence that ultimately it would be worth it, or at least that I would find it that much better sonically. After giving it some thought after posting I think I'm going to leave the HK in there. The C24 would have to have an impedance of >1000 ohm to get to the 20-1 ratio that is considered reasonanble for amp/pre matches. And given the printed impedance info of similar era Mac pre's I'm assuming it's lower. That it could be in the 100-200 ohm range that similar era Mac pre's were state at would make the HK a perfect amp for it. As I listen more to it, the bloat that I referred to really only happens on certain music. I was listenening to some of the new Dead Pacific Northwest box today and Phil's bass was huge on these speakers, but other music is much more in line with what I would expect from the 3a's.
  15. samberger0357

    Kind of weird AR 3a amp question

    I presently have 2 amps that I can use with my restored 3a's: A Harman Kardon Citation 22, which is 200 watts@4 ohms, and has a high currrent mode, and a Nikko Alpha 230, which is 130 watts@ 4ohm, and is current limited. Both amps are fully restored. My dilemma is that the preamp I'm using is a restored McIntosh C24. While it's output impedance is not to be found anywhere, according to literature one should use amps that show a minimum of 47-50K ohms with it. On another forum a graph was produced using the C24's schematic which indicated that McIntosh's recommendation was correct. The HK is 22K, and the Nikko is 50K. The HK produces more bass, almost to the point of bloat on some recordings, where it would seem the loudness setting is being used even if it's not. That said, it sounds very good overall. The Nikko produces less pronounced bass, and is a little drier, so it sounds more "accurate". So I'm looking for some guidance/thoughs as to the amp that folks here would suggest using. It would be nice to find a high current amp with a higher load, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards at the moment.
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