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post #61 of 540
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
Yeah.... talk tough now wings. The rumor circulating head-fi is you wanted the Redwings to go to a pink uniform and for goalies to wear skirts.
Pink is perfect! Hey, we are talking about the Redwings not the Habs here. I think he just needs a time out to compose himself. Perhaps we could take a cue from that movie on anger management and get Mike humming a bit of "I feel pretty...oh so pretty.."
post #62 of 540
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Originally Posted by Mikey01
I was listening to the lushous fidelity of my Moth 2A3 after having done a long stint with my upgraded and refined MPX3 when I thought I would take a break and hop on the board here and see what is going on. What! KenW is still ampless. Woe Hoe. Gosh, that must hurt.
Ah, you can beat a fella so much that pain isn't an issue anymore....but I ain't there yet!! Yes it hurts and only Ray has the cure!!! Well, Mikhail, Craig and Kevin also have cures....and Headroom and Todd and....
post #63 of 540
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Originally Posted by sacd lover
Yeah.... talk tough now wings. The rumor circulating head-fi is you wanted the Redwings to go to a pink uniform and for goalies to wear skirts.
DUDE! That is Blasphemy! No, I am off to bed. See Ya later meatsticks.

KenW>Do you mean .45????
post #64 of 540

May be sooner than expected...

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Originally Posted by KenW
Ah, you can beat a fella so much that pain isn't an issue anymore....but I ain't there yet!! Yes it hurts and only Ray has the cure!!! Well, Mikhail, Craig and Kevin also have cures....and Headroom and Todd and....
Hey KenW...
This is not an April fool. A good head-fier heard your complains & what you did to yourself so decided that he is not in that hurry to get his Raptor, so your name was mentioned as being ampless, so I might send you your Raptor earlier than what you think but still carry the same serial # as given to you. He will take your place with out hurting any other headfiers who are in line.
As I said this is not april fool.
Ray Samuels
post #65 of 540
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Originally Posted by Ray Samuels
Hey KenW...
This is not an April fool. A good head-fier heard your complains & what you did to yourself so decided that he is not in that hurry to get his Raptor, so your name was mentioned as being ampless, so I might send you your Raptor earlier than what you think but still carry the same serial # as given to you. He will take your place with out hurting any other headfiers who are in line.
As I said this is not april fool.
Ray Samuels
Whoa, some headfier lets KenW get his Raptor and he's not even online to see this, What a meatstick.
post #66 of 540
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Originally Posted by Ray Samuels
Hey KenW...
This is not an April fool. A good head-fier heard your complains & what you did to yourself so decided that he is not in that hurry to get his Raptor, so your name was mentioned as being ampless, so I might send you your Raptor earlier than what you think but still carry the same serial # as given to you. He will take your place with out hurting any other headfiers who are in line.
As I said this is not april fool.
Ray Samuels
My hands are quivering as I type this. Now please Ray, this would be THE ultimate in april foolery not to mention the utmost in cruelty if this were indeed a joke. If not, I don't know what to say except....I EAGERLY AND WITHOUT RESERVATION ACCEPT!! Forget money orders, I'll have the Paypal to you immediately. Just say the word!! I'm about to head out on a 9 hour drive so I won't be in touch til late tonight but feel free to ship that baby out ASAP!! To the most generous individual who did this for me, I am extremely grateful!!! My deepest thanks to you.

Guess the board finally got sick of my carrying on, huh?? Maybe I should start a poll?

PS: Mike, if this is a joke and you're behind this........grrrrrrr!!!
post #67 of 540
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Originally Posted by GoRedwings19
Whoa, some headfier lets KenW get his Raptor and he's not even online to see this, What a meatstick.
Oh, I'm here. The only way you guys get rid of me is to GET ME MY RAPTOR!!!
post #68 of 540
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Originally Posted by Ray Samuels
Hey KenW...
This is not an April fool. A good head-fier heard your complains & what you did to yourself so decided that he is not in that hurry to get his Raptor, so your name was mentioned as being ampless, so I might send you your Raptor earlier than what you think but still carry the same serial # as given to you. He will take your place with out hurting any other headfiers who are in line.

As I said this is not april fool.
Ray Samuels
Hmmmmm! Whinning does work after all.
post #69 of 540
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Originally Posted by Mikey01
Hmmmmm! Whinning does work after all.
See!? There's a method to the madness after all!!
post #70 of 540
Thread Starter 
OK.... April Fools Day is over, so now for some serious discussion. I WAS being serious yesterday stating that the GS-1 was warm sounding. That has remained true but not to the same extent. I now have the amp hooked up to my sacdmods player. I am using a warm sounding interconnect (magwire original) and a signalcable power cord with sennheiser 650 headphones. The Sound Odyssey Music Hall cd-25 with the GS-1 was to warmish and made the amp sound slow and a little dark.

Moving on to today with more burn in and the revised set up, the GS-1 sounds extremely good. I have the amp running through the pass trough in my singlepower mpx3-6/12sn7. Therefore, its a simple matter to turn the mpx3 on and do a direct comparison. The GS-1 has a midrange tone much like the mpx3. This amp is warm and powerful sounding but not dark. The amp is refined. The treble is the best I have heard from a solid state amp. Sibilance is handled exceptionally well, in particular. The bass is full and rich exhibiting none of the bass leaness that I heard with the gilmore v2. The presentation is more relaxed than the gilmore lite being much less forward. In fact, the presentation is more relaxed that any versions of the gilmore amps I have owned (v1/v2/v2-se).

Comparing the GS-1 directly to the mpx3 (paper-in-oil caps/solen stage 1 upgrades/ 12 volt option) I am surprised how well the GS-1 performs. I have been listening to the pair almost continuously since 8:30 am. I am amazed a solid state amp can get this close to an exceptional sounding tube amp. I have been listening to Warren Hayes Live At Bonoroo, Santana Supernatural, Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd 30th anniversary edition(the live concert disc #2), Allman Brothers Live At The Filmore, Kelly's Lot Trio, Joe Satriani Surfin With The Alien, Keb Mo best of compilation disc and Neil Young Unplugged. The type of music...acoustic vs electric, rock, blues, instrumental MAKES NO DIFFERENCE to the GS-1

Are there any differences? Well the most noticeable difference is the singlepower is more dimensional. You can hear the recording space better and the soundstage has a little more depth. The singlepower doesnt sound more distant though. They have about the same presence. The GS-1 sounds slightly more upfront vs the mpx3 but not forward. Both amps have what I would call more a more relaxed presentation which is what I most enjoy.

Any other differences? Well the bass is somewhat different but equally good on both amps.The midrange tonality is strikingly similar. I guess the singlepower digs out a slight amount more detail and does seems to portray decay more realistically. But hearing these differences takes both concentration and time to hear; these difference are not immediately obvious. As I said, the treble from the GS-1 is the best I have heard from a solid state amp. I hope this doesnt change as the amp gets more hours of use. The treble from solid state amps is what has always pushed me towards tubes. Well thats enough for now. But certainly you can discern from my comments the GS-1 is an exceptional amp.
post #71 of 540
I promise no more whining and crapping your thread....well, after this comment that is. Just saw your "GoPinkwinds19" and love it!! Hahahahaha....Hello PINKIE!! Now that's gonna bring some heat for sure!

As for the GS-1, keep the news coming. Since I sold my HR-2 and had no replacement, I'd been spending a good bit of time at Kevin's place snooping around. Sure looks well built and now it sounds like a real winner. Looks like a heckuva value seeing that they are so close in performance yet priced at such different levels.

And BTW, I really appreciate you being such a good sport with all my back and forth with Pinkie. Twas an April Fool's day to remember.
post #72 of 540
which version of the Lite do you have? I had a Lite for a few days a while back and compared it to my Gilmore Reference, and found the Lite to have a much warmer sound. (sort of like an MPX3-6SN7 I guess, but nowhere near an MPX3-6CG7)

I'm wondering if you think the GS-1 has a sound similar to the Lite more than the V2. and what exactly do you mean by good treble? how would you describe it?

since you cannot offer any pictures, I'll settle for a sketch of your current setup.
post #73 of 540
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ayt999
which version of the Lite do you have? I had a Lite for a few days a while back and compared it to my Gilmore Reference, and found the Lite to have a much warmer sound. (sort of like an MPX3-6SN7 I guess, but nowhere near an MPX3-6CG7)

I'm wondering if you think the GS-1 has a sound similar to the Lite more than the V2. and what exactly do you mean by good treble? how would you describe it?

since you cannot offer any pictures, I'll settle for a sketch of your current setup.

I had the newer version gilmore lite for a month and wrote a review with SeanH. I have not heard the lite since. I cant remember how warm the gilmore lite was but I know I liked the lite better than the v2. Furthermore, I know the lite was more transparent and about as warm sounding as my gilmore v1. This GS-1 definitely has a warmth... tonality probably is a better description, like my mpx3.

When I listen to one for longer stretches and get caught up in the music I have to concentrate to hear which one I am using. To explain more, I have each with identical senn 650's intertwined and I am positioned far to the left where I cant see which headphone is hooked to which amp. I have to wait and concentrate on the notes decay or listen for the sense of space in a live recording before I can tell which amp is playing (when I check I am right too ). The singlepower is more expansive and tails off more naturally on decaying notes and I can pick this up. The best way I can probably describe the difference is the GS-1 sounds a little smaller and closer and very slightly less refined. I do like the live recordings more on the mpx3 but listening to the GS-1 for longer periods I dont feel cheated. To the contrary, I seem to get just as involved in the music.
post #74 of 540
you probably remember more about the Lite than me then... I didn't listen to it too much and was only holding it for a friend I bought it for. but when I first read your impressions on the GS-1 it definitely reminded me of the Lite.

the first of the Maryland meet impressions are being posted. cannot wait to hear what they think of the GS-1 that supposedly was at the meet.
post #75 of 540
Thread Starter 
More late, late night listening and this amp is impressive. I have owned 5 gilmore amps including the v1/v2/v2-se and a specially modded v2-se. I am already convinced the GS-1 tops any of them. This amp has a richer tone and more refinement than any previous gilmore amp I have heard. Well done Justin....now for some preamp duty.
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