Thanks for the invite Warren!
I was born and raised in Hollywood, spent my younger years hanging out at
the television studios on the set of Bonanza and others.
My grandfather worked as a lighting grip and taught me much about electronics.
I started DIY at age 10 - building lighting effects equipment for my psychedelic phase
while listening to "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and subsequently Jimmy Hendrix,
Ten Years After and Pink Floyd on an old wood cased Magnavox stereo system that had fold out speakers attached.
Back then I also tore apart old tube radio & TV sets and tried to repair them without too much luck.
At least I wasnt electrocuted while trying!
I got to be pretty good using the corner drug store's tube tester,
and if the broken radio only required tubes, I was able to "repair" them.
My headphone journey began in the early 1970's,
I had a Pioneer SE-255 with dual volume knobs.
They looked like I had a couple of eggshells plastered to the side of my head. LOL!
(see attached pic).
Spent hours listening to them connected to my Kenwood KR-1400 Receiver
which I still own today. Nothing fancy, but it sounded fine back then.
Fast forward to the present.
Been married for 27 years, have two lovely daughters, the oldest works in an upscale hair salon, the younger is in college.
I have worked in the past as a machinist, and as an engineer in the electronics components industry at Vishay.
Currently, I am employed as a facilities engineer at a hospital.
As of late, I wanted to rekindle my interest in audio.
Three years ago I found Head-Fi online and dug in.
Went through the regular dynamic phone progression, cheap Senns, AKG 702, modded Grados, Fostex planars.
Then I discovered Stax. I am obsessed with the stat sound to say the least!
Just wish that I had the dosh to afford the TOTL (SR-007 & 009). But I dont.
So I make the best of owning the mid-tier stuff, which sounds excellent to these old ears
To afford the requisite electrostatic amplifiers I have gone the DIY route.
After many trials and tribulations I built the first ever prototype KGSSHV amplifier
and am currently pursuing a Blue Hawaii build.
My take on casing these amps is a quirky one.
I eschew the fancy expensive boxes and build economical "themed" designs.
More on that later...
Again, thanks for asking me to join the SoCal Group, hope to meet y'all at the upcoming SD Meet!