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Eileen is always very helpful...For those who still haven't had their Cracks, please be patient. I waited 3 weeks for my Speedball upgrade to ship some months back, and we're now during the holiday season.

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Sitting back with a wee dram and just enjoying letting the music flow and boy can the Crack sing even with the standard tubes straight from the off its simply magic.

 

I can see how easy it is to succumbed to this Crack addiction.

 

 

Cheers guys

:beerchug:

Jamie

post #3333 of 8080
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Sitting back with a wee dram and just enjoying letting the music flow and boy can the Crack sing even with the standard tubes straight from the off its simply magic.

 

I can see how easy it is to succumbed to this Crack addiction.

 

 

Cheers guys

:beerchug:

Jamie

Play some Jane Monheit and get lost in the moment

:beerchug:

post #3334 of 8080

A few pics of the finished Crack

 

 

 

 

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^looks amazing man! Great job :beerchug: Can I ask how you got the black finish on the brushed metal top? Did you re-cut out of new material?

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Play some Jane Monheit and get lost in the moment

:beerchug:

 

Enjoying getting lost in the moment with Melody at the mo.

 

Melody Gardot - Worrisome Heart-(2008)


Edited by JamieMcC - 11/29/13 at 3:42pm
post #3337 of 8080
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Originally Posted by dxanex View Post
 

^looks amazing man! Great job :beerchug: Can I ask how you got the black finish on the brushed metal top? Did you re-cut out of new material?

Hi thanks, the black finish is the weave pattern from a piece of carbon fibre sheet I had made earlier. Its about 0.4mm thick I glued it to the alloy top plate of the Crack and cut out the holes afterwards with a dremel using the top plate as a guide.

 

 


Edited by JamieMcC - 11/29/13 at 3:56pm
post #3338 of 8080

Holy Crap, Jamie!!!

 

Looks fantastic!!  Nicely done!  How did you do the border around the amp?

 

I guess you received the replacement LED?  :bigsmile_face:

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Just beautful, Jamie. Love the CF and the abalone
post #3340 of 8080
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Sitting back with a wee dram and just enjoying letting the music flow and boy can the Crack sing even with the standard tubes straight from the off its simply magic.

 

I can see how easy it is to succumbed to this Crack addiction.

 

 

Cheers guys

:beerchug:

Jamie

The magic water definitely will improve the SQ.:beerchug:

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I really need to finish my base. It's still held together with electrical tape...

Pondering Speedball, tubes or a DAC upgrade. Given my lack of clarity of thought right now, I'll turn it over to you guys. Which would you upgrade first?
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Originally Posted by grrraymond View Post

Pondering Speedball, tubes or a DAC upgrade. Given my lack of clarity of thought right now, I'll turn it over to you guys. Which would you upgrade first?

 

That all depends on what you've got now.. but I'd say Speedball first.. then a DAC.. then tubes.

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I'm using stock tubes and a Fiio E7 as a DAC. I had thought that tubes would make the biggest difference but I'd be tempted to drive straight back in with the Speedball too.
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Originally Posted by Doc B. View Post

Just beautful, Jamie. Love the CF and the abalone

 

Thanks Doc the inlay is from a New Zealand species of abalone called Paua (it tastes ok to) it tends to have much more of that iridescent blueness to it. Its very hard to capture the effect with the camera but it simply lights up and sparkles when the sun or light hits it.

 

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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post
 

Holy Crap, Jamie!!!

 

Looks fantastic!!  Nicely done!  How did you do the border around the amp?

 

I guess you received the replacement LED?  :bigsmile_face:

 

 

Cheers Paul

 

"How did you do the border around the amp"    Very carefully cut a shallow groove around the case and glue the inlay into the grove then bury under lots of clear coat.

 

The LED story, after I shorted a LED when doing the voltage checks Bottlehead kindly offered to send me a free replacement to the UK but the small amount for postage was higher than buying locally throw in the US Thanksgiving holiday and time for international delivery this most likely added up to well over a week or two for the led to arrive. I decided to see if I could find a UK source and ended up buying 5 for £3 including postage delivered in two days off of ebay!  Farnell also has them at 25p each but had a handling/postage charge of £3.95 on top for next day delivery.

 

http://uk.farnell.com/avago-technologies/hlmp-6000/led-submin-red/dp/1003184?Ntt=led+hlmp+6000


Edited by JamieMcC - 11/30/13 at 7:05am
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Originally Posted by grrraymond View Post

I'm using stock tubes and a Fiio E7 as a DAC. I had thought that tubes would make the biggest difference but I'd be tempted to drive straight back in with the Speedball too.

 

As has been noted by many here (as well as in my personal experience), the Speedball makes the most significant difference of the three upgrades you're looking at.  I'd recommend a solid, mid-level DAC for the speedball'ed Crack (since it does offer better clarity and resolution than the stock Crack).  I haven't heard the Fiio E7.. so it could be more than capable for your needs.  I prefer to go with a neutral, transparent DAC w/ the Crack (so the only coloration comes from the tube).  An ODAC or Stone Acoustics UD110 would be a great fit, IME.  If you wanted to a bit higher up the price scale, a Bifrost Uber would be a great choice, too.

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