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About samberger0357

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

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  1. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    If you ever have the chance, try the 2ax's with some vintage tube gear. I'm running mine with a Fisher X-100-B integrated as I type this and the sound is silky smooth and extremely realistic. Toe tapping to be sure. Of all the AR speakers that I have heard, the 2ax's(and original 2's, too) seem to really thrive on quality tube power.
  2. Model Six w/ Janszen 130

    Thanks. I am planning on doing just that. Seems the AR2 and KLH Model Six aren't all that different from each other, and came out roughly the same time frame, yet it seems that while the 2 is listed as one of the speakers the 130 was developed for, the Model Six is not mentioned. So wasn't sure if there was something that I was missing. Any idea what, if any,, differences there with the woofers of both speakers? I know they're both cloth surrounds.
  3. Model Six w/ Janszen 130

    Anybody ever use the Six with this, or any other external tweeter? I ask because I am currently using the 130 tweeter arrays with a pair of AR2's, and it's a wonderful combination. But I have 2 pairs of very early Six's, and while they sound good(neither have been opened up but I'm guessing with serial numbers less then 18,000 that they have the oil caps) I'm wondering if they would offer me anything different then the 2's if I tried them with the Janszen's. Thoughts?
  4. Repatriated AR collection

    Jealous. Growing up in Newton, spent a lot of time in the Berkshires. Lovely area, and lots of great music. Look forward to hearing about those AS 2’s.
  5. Added some AR 2's

    Got some JansZen 130's, combined them with Micro Acoustic's, and the whole combo is wonderful sounding. Stacking on top of some empty Wharfedale W70 cabs for proper height.
  6. Introducing the Bosar 903a tower speaker...

    Love it!
  7. Added some AR 2's

    Well whatever was causing my one AR2 to be quieter then the other is now fixed. I had the speakers out of circulation for about 2 months, and decided to put them back in over the weekend, contemplating opening the bad one up and seeing if I could get it going. Upon hooking them up(with the Microstats) the speaker in question produced perfect sound, loud and clear, and now provides equal output to the other. I'm curious as to why this happened. I'm guessing it might be the caps reforming, as the speakers had been laying idle(according to the previous owner) for many years. I've also played around with the pot, and maybe some of the corrosives fixed themselves? Whatever it is, I'm glad it's operating as it should because they sound great, and the Microstats really do a nice job of bringing out the highs and adding sufficient amount of air to the presentation. I'm enjoying them more then my 2ax's at this point . Glad I didn't have to mess up the beautiful grille by opening it up. Hope it never comes to that.
  8. Added some AR 2's

  9. KLH history update....model six

    Very early in the run, probably 3 years in. If they sound good, don't worry about getting inside of them, which is a hideous job with the sealed variety that you have. Most likely have oil filled caps, and those are good until they aren't. So..enjoy! Great speakers. I have 2 pairs, all serials below 20K.
  10. AR is making speakers again

    I don't know about David's amp, but most tube amps do not require regular biasing. Every few months, if that, and/or when changing output tubes. There are plenty of amps out there that are also self biasing, so no manual biasing needed. Despite the constant and inaccurate preaching of a certain individual that one can only truly be doing it right if they spend a lot of money and time on it, the fact is that excellent vinyl playback can be achieved with relatively inexpensive turntables and cartridges that are properly, but not obsessively, set up, and clean vinyl. Like anything you can jump down the rabbit hole and be as OCD as you want, but to stay away from a medium simply because some like to ramble on about money/obsession as the the guiding principles is unfortunate. I've been an active audio participant for over 45 years, including years spent in the music business, and have had very expensive, and not so expensive rigs, and I get much more enjoyment out of latter then I ever did out of the former. I have no desire to spend huge dollars and huge time getting everything just right to hear the most minute details of the music. That is not what, or ever has been, what music listening and enjoyment has been about for me. And I've known, and know, many professional musicians, and they feel exactly the same way. And these are people that have the money and the knowledge to get anything they want.
  11. Got a nice pair of Five's

    Been looking for a pair of KLH Model Five's for awhile and finally found some locally. These have been restored internally and they sound great. They need a little more help externally, but some orange oil and Howard's Feed and Wax spruced them up so that they're reasonably presentable. I'm using a pair of Micro Acoustic Microstatic tweeter arrays that I recently obtained to use primarily with a pair of AR2's, and they add a litte extra top end sparkle. Driving them with a Fisher 500C, and Sherwood S8900a that I'm rotating between.
  12. Those 5 grand AR3's sold.......

    At the prices they are currently going for?
  13. Those 5 grand AR3's sold.......

    3's are huge in Asia. Had a similar scenario as valkyrie's a few months back with a pair of 3's that I moved. They needed work that I didn't have time for so I put a $800 price on them. An hour after I had them on CL got an email from what turned out to be a Vietnamese fellow. When he came over he looked at them briefly, tried to talk me down(which I wouldn't do) and then took out 8 crisp, new $100 bills and that was that. Speaking to folks that I know that deal a lot with the Asian market vintage audio is bigger then ever over there. People are flush and all things vintage American is in high demand. Don't know if this is a bubble, but it certainly helps explain the prices being asked for some of this gear.
  14. AR-3A amplification at lower volume and bass - closed

    You like playing who's got more stuff don't you? You love being critical of others who are enjoying their gear, in their own way. Speaks volumes. You're the only one I've encountered on this otherwise very civil forum that goes on endlessly about how much more you have and how much more you know then everyone else. The narcissism you display is comparable to a certain public individual known to all.