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George, can send you some XF2's if you want, still have a quad or two lying around somewhere.

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Thanks for the offer - most appreciated - will follow-up.

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Just received another batch of polished/anodized BHSE panels. They will need inspection. Just wanted to post this here to show the complete idiocy i have to deal with on a daily basis. Absolute crap.

 

 

 

 

i had hand delivered the panels in a box that was built like a fortress with 1/4" thick edge protectors on all sides. I got that one back too - it was used to package the metal feet. The panels went in the foot box.

 

In my previous life as a manufacturer, (and major bad-ass), I would have let the supplier know about it in no uncertain terms, assuming I wanted to do business with them again. 

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Just received another batch of polished/anodized BHSE panels. They will need inspection. Just wanted to post this here to show the complete idiocy i have to deal with on a daily basis. Absolute crap.








i had hand delivered the panels in a box that was built like a fortress with 1/4" thick edge protectors on all sides. I got that one back too - it was used to package the metal feet. The panels went in the foot box.
Wow, that must be incredibly frustrating. In my industry we try very hard to find contractors that meet the required standards, but sometimes it can be a real trial to find decent subbies in all fields. You would think in the current financial climate that people would be trying their best to maintain their business.
Edited by Audio Jester - 12/2/13 at 9:34pm
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You will understand the need for patience if you read this thread, this question, and it's answers have all been repeated many times.

Reading the whole thread also helps pass the time...

Thanks, I did just that and went through the enlightening and entertaining thread :-)  It looks like I actually got lucky as I got in near the tail end of the batch - my wait is just over 4 months so far.   Looks like we're getting close to having these amps completed, so I'm very excited now! I'm definitely in the camp of those that would rather wait for a super high quality item rather than rush it.  I'm used to this with Bridge City tools who make some amazing woodworking tools and usually have long wait times - they get done when they are done and John Economaki is happy with them.  Justin seems to be a similar perfectionist - which is awesome.

 

Justin:  I hope you're recovered from your surgery, I saw that you had surgery on one of your arms a month ago.  Please ignore my emails about ETA, just take your time and ship them them when you're happy with them!

 

Anil

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Welcome to the club, the koolaid is great! Coming up on a year for me. I have many other interests and projects to work on to pass the time. The BHSE + SR009 will be the centerpiece of my nearly year old man cave. I have installed carpet, custom shelving, corner desk, and recently acoustic room treatments. I have done a lot of my audio system DIY style, but don't feel that I can do anything close to the BHSE safely myself. Very high voltages, close tolerances, and casework would make the project out of my range. I don't think my modded Bottlehead Crack + HD650 will hold a candle to the BHSE.

Currently about finished stuffing the boards for an Aleph J amplifier.

I'm content to allow Justin the time he needs to get it just right. Does not prevent me from checking this thread too much though.
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Here is a question for you guys - Is Blue Hawaii in BHSE named after the Frank Sinatra song "Blue Hawaii" written by Leo RobinRalph Rainger ? Or does it have a more practical meaning?

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It was named after the drink if I recall correctly.

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Sounds more like the name of some exotic weed strain to me, blue hawaii wink.gif
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Quote:  http://headwize.com/?page_id=751
"The Blue Hawaii amp is my latest design in my search for the perfect amp to pair with my Stax Omega II headphones. The genesis for this hybrid electrostatic headphone amplifier occurred when I was in Hawaii on vacation, at a fancy hotel on Maui. Sitting at the bar on the beach, drinking "Blue Hawaiis," I drew the schematic for the amp on a placemat. The design is my conception of the mysterious and rare Stax T2 amp, which I have never been able to find at anything resembling a rational price."

Edited by Rico613 - 12/3/13 at 7:15pm
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was about to quote that link! if anyone is looking for Blue Hawaii reading, see the above HeadWize link for background on the original design. Pre-2001/2002, HeadWize *was* the Head-Fi, and it was very much centered around DIY. 

 

http://headwize.com/?page_id=751

^ link again

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Consider the first sentence: "latest" doesn't mean "last", or, if you prefer, maybe the best is still to come.

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one of the challenges in designing these amplifiers over the past decade has been the discontinuation of low noise and high voltage transistors suitable for audio. it's something i deal with everyday trying to source parts for the BHSE. on one particular component 3 out of every 4 orders i receive are fake parts. i have to test all of them

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I really hope that there will one day be a big enough demand for audiophile grade parts (including tubes) that we see a resurgence in the manufacturing of high quality versions of them.
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I really hope that there will one day be a big enough demand for audiophile grade parts (including tubes) that we see a resurgence in the manufacturing of high quality versions of them.

Not going to happen, it's well and truly over.
I doubt Toshiba or Sanyo would start re-production based on this industries piddley numbers.
In fact I would have back-ups for the rarer parts, just in case, and insure your BHSE is able to continue past component life span or sudden failure.
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