Man… I wish I can post up some pictures too… "how many post do I need to be able to post???"
I wish. It would have been nice, but it's just literature of the matching set to go along with the speakers. The previous owner said he was told the power supply needed repairing by a local shop years ago, but never got around to it. He has a lot of nice vintage gear. And asked me if I would be interested in a turntable. I told him I might, so then he show me an empire original 598 he bought many moons ago for 600.00 new. I told him yes. But then he said he wanted to goggle it to see how much he should sell it for. I told him when he's ready to give me a call.
One of things that makes me feel a little better is he used a mac tube amp to power them(already sold ). So it's a decent chance he didn't over drive them and damage the panels like many others have. I got a chance to plug them up a while ago, and just like he said one works fine and the other one don't. The working one doesn't show any sparks or have any whistling sounds which are sign of a bad panel. But it's still a little to soon to tell. I'm really hoping the repair guy he talked was right and none of the panels would have to be rebuilt. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Another plus is, I was able to get a good volume with my 25-30wpc fisher 500c at only around 9:30 on the volume knob. The light on the non-working speaker does light up though.
If you take the grills off you will be able to see if there have been any arcs in the panels. We did that back in the dorm days and indeed one panel was arced. My roomy got a replacement panel and installed it himself. Good as new!
Hey...I have the chance for a Marantz 2245 with wood case for $275. May be able to get it for $250. One of the bulbs is burned out but otherwise functions well. Is that a good deal at $275?
Not as good a deal as the $100 one mentioned above though! :)
Hopefully something will turn up on that famed auction site.
Bev is one of the very few examples that son is carrying the torch almost as well (or even better?) than the (late) father - in this case inventor of the speaker.
Basically, the son is taking adavantage of everything now made available, from materials to computing power, in order to make even better and/or more affordable product. That "affordable" is conditional, it is like "more affordable" Ferrari - even the cheapest one is way above the car budget for most people.
Please take your camera etc to document the event - with Bev approval, of course. Something like "Stax tour" thread here on head-fi. DO NOT FORGET to bring familiar recordings. As Bev is demoing "appointment only", you might be able to find out whether you can bring LPs as well. But I doubt they do not have a GREAT selection of music to try on their speakers...
But IF you will be lucky enough to see and hear the replica of the truly BIG Beveridge One ( original built in one sole example which did not survive a fire...) - then I am not only green, but traffic light colour with envy - in advance...
Anyways, ENJOY it while being there !
There is one MONSTROUSLY BIG fly in this ointment. Bevs are so good that after hearing them in a properly set up enviroment no cans will do it anymore - making you to join Big Room - cans not allowed-fi.org !
So - no QUAD support in the States? I assume you are referring to the Quad Atelier in Germany ?
I see. It is kind of rare for the transformer of the HV supply to fail - so no surprise it is not in stock around each corner...- specially for a speaker system that started its life in 1957 !
I wish you to get it up and running ASAP.