Before - post count around 100, a modest rig for home and portable: Since then, my MS-1 is now a MS-2, the Cmoy has been given to be friend to be confiscated by the government (Thanks, JFK security) and the Ipod is the only thing left. A few months later... Post count - 1500. Portable rig is now a ipod, SR-71, and a KSC-35. And here's the home rig: Modded 3960. Modded DT770Pro/600 Ohm. Modded Graham Slee Solo. some BSR EQ3000 equalizer i picked up on ebay for a few bucks. an LCD/TV monitor so i can watch vids on the 3960 and still surf head-fi. A banana hanger for the MS-2. "Moe" the headphone stand for the DT770. 6 pairs of ICs. a ONEAC power conditioner. Shoot me now. Oh, and replacement pads for the Beyers inc. Pandafeet under the 3960. Vibrapod Isolators inc for the Technics turntable and Sony Receiver/phono stage incoming soon. SHOOT ME NOW! Why didn't anyone shoot me? Hopefully this is the Rig: The Final Solution. EDIT - I guess it wasn't. DOWN, BOY! And Post count 2800 and counting! Edit - Post Count 3280 and counting... What you see is me getting more focused, more minimal - more expensive. Wharfedale Crystal 20 speakers, some isolation cones incoming - the Toshiba is in the other room for bedroom duty, the source is a Emu 0404 soundcard in the computer, and the Solo doubles as a headphone amp and a pre-amp for the Sony receiver to power amp the speakers with 6 ohms and 100 watts. The MS-2 is gone, and now we are down to the Darth Beyers and the SR200. Incoming is an indoor radio antenna, powered to boost the signal in this apt with alot of interference in the air. Audioquest speaker wires are incoming. CURSE YOU HEAD-FI! I think every forum on this site forces me to consider a purchase - even the non-headphone speaker and accesories forum. What's next, a soldering gun and some DIY projects? A PS2 and an Infinity Subwoofer and Terk Radio boosting tower. So I hooked it all into the Denon receiver (swapped it with 1911 for my old Sony) and the PS2 going into the Samsung LCD TV monitor, and now we're cookin. I think I better stop here for a while...ah who am I kidding. And btw my post count at this point is 4000+. CURSE YOU HEAD FI! -------- I hit the 5500 postcount, so here's another update- My Rig - Notice the Zoom Palmtop Studio on top of the Solo, and the Darth Beyers lurking behind the SR200. The EQ is finally banished and the PS2 is in its place - and the old Denon reciever is swapped for a Sony receiver. I bring out the turntable only to record vinyl to the computer, then back in the closet it goes. Check out the comic book on the desk - it's by Head-fi's own Catachresis so give him a PM and ask him about it! But what could that be holding the cans? Let's take a closer look... What the heck? Yes indeed it is the new Headphile Headphone Stand! CURSE YOU, HEADPHILE! Notice my SR200 has the Headphile Beta C-Pads on as well. I'm a Headphile Fanboy! 6300 post update - CURSE YOU HEAD FI! Well in light of the Wife thread, I thought I'd show the insanity my long-suffering wife has put up with hehe. Also it looks like time for an update, since I just hit the 7000 post count mark, and I still don't have a pic of my HP2s with my whole rig - I'll rectify that this weekend! The HP2s look funky now - Cpads, Beyer pads lightly snapped over the band, recabled, the whole shebang! But until then, have fun staring at the madness of one day's fateful post... Yep I unpacked and tossed the boxes in 30 seconds flat before the wife got home lol! Why did it all have to come at the same time!? -------------- Post count is 7240 and I finally get around to posting my HP2 monstrosity. Zeta Port C-Pads, DT770 Headband Pad, Recabled Blacksilver Headphile cable, on a Headphile stand with SR325 housings. Do you think Joe Grado would forgive me? I think not. ------------- Post count is 7910. The Tushi has been sent to Australia to cavort with the Kangaroos. The KSC-35 finally pooted out. And we've come full circle on the portable rig - scary how much the picture below looks like my very first pic in this thread, doesn't it? "And the circle is complete!" The Go Vibe V3 has the Green LED, and the Op Amp is a browndogged AD8066. Check out full info on http://members.shaw.ca/storage_2/headsave/ My Rat Shack lithium 9V batt is in there now. The SR60 is a, well, SR60 hehe. Now I have a full set of Grado Pads (all but a sock mod version lol!) but the comfies didn't do it for me, so the best compromise right now are reversed bowls (actually I might consider the flats but i don't want to walk around town with original Joe Grado flats!) The amp bag is a lowepro camera bag, a D-Res 30AW, and the cord wraps are Sumajin cablewraps. The Grado carry case is the taiwanese one everyone's raving about right now. The portable amp with the red LED in the pic was a borrowed JMT CHA-47, heading back to Joelongwood, thanks for the lend! Curse you, Head-fi! You can't even leave my dog walking rig alone! ----------------- Well since it's post #8000, I guess it couldn't hurt to jump the gun to say what should be coming by the end of the week, hopefully it all works! What's coming- The Stax Lambda Professional Earspeakers and The Stax SRM-1 Mark II Energizer. Wish me luck that everything arrives safe and sound and sounds great! Curse you, Electrostatic MiniMeet thread! ---------------- Post 8115. I think I'm officially in trouble. LITE DAC-AH NON-OVERSAMPLING DAC INCOMING! This is bad...CURSES!!!! _______________- Post 8545. See this thread for the full pics on my new head-fi additions! And here's a taste of my new setup! Stax Lambda Pro Earspeakers hooked into Stax SRM-1/MKII Driver Unit. Excellent! ----------------------- Post count is 8900. Well Pinkie's replacement is on the way, hopefully it will make it here in one piece - without further ado, here is a teaser pic of the Melos SHA-Gold "Telefunkenator" Reference Pre-Amp/Headphone Amp! ------------ Post 9000! And even better news - 1911 is coughing up an old CD burner he doesn't use in return for this Denon receiver I have, here's the stats and review - the important part is the stable platter mechanism I'll be using as a redbook transport for my Lite DAC-AH. EDIT- he fooled me and gave me a crock pot holder - "Stable Platter" indeed! Bah! --------- Post count 9200 and OH CRAP GOTTA UNPACK! Why did it all come at the same time! History repeats itself!!!!! *Unpacks like a madman* "What are you talking about honey? That's the same crappy Sony receiver, honest! Why does it say "Melos?" Um...hey hon why don't I walk the dog tonite? And clean the floors, do the laundry, rub your feet... Everything arrived safe and sound and sounds amazing right outta the box! Welcome, Headphile Blacksilver ICs, "The Mule" - Yamaha/Koss KSC-35 hybrids, Hospital-Grade Quail Power Cord without ferrite, going to... "The Telefunkenator" - Melos SHA-Gold Reference with Telefunken EECC88/6DJ8 tubes! I already programmed my all-in-one remote to control the Melos, so the original Melos remote can go back in the box. Ready to get Telefunky! Quote: Originally Posted by Salt Peanuts Jahn - I just love how the Melos look. Got any pics of The Mule? You wanna see the Mule? Here's the Mule! -------------- Post Count 9410. BIG BOX O' QUAIL POWER CORDS! But are they Hospital Grade like the see-thru Group Buy ones? You Bet! But why am I fooling with cords when I'm staring at THIS? Stuck some squishy vented bowls on there, plugged it into the Melos, and OMG TEH BASS! GO GO #200! ------------------ Post 9550. I needed a Tuner, Phono Stage, and Power Amp. So why am I getting a T-Amp? I cancelled that and went to ebay and found a vintage beast of a receiver - an Optonica SA-5250, the high end line of Sharp in the 70's! I like the fact that it's from the era of silverface monster receivers, but it's black so it matches the Melos - without being from the horrid "black box" era of receivers (like my old Sony and Denon were!) Whee! Darth Opto! ---------- Post Count 9710. Someone told me that both my post count and my Gear Acquisition Syndrome would slow down. To him I say - Curse you, Liar! Traded my HF-1 for a golden SR-325i, just to match my Melos! Yes, I'm vain! -------- Post Count 9800: The Return of the Pinkie! New matched pair of super quality 6N1P valves (that glow PINK!). These valves are were made for the Russian Military in 1983 by the Voskhod Factory in the former Soviet Union. They have the factory's famous 'Rocket' emblem printed in gold as well as the 'OTK' technical quality control diamond mark. These are the better quality 'EB' or 'EV' extended life and reliability version. These twin triode tubes are in truely mint condition, beautifully made with a stainless shield between each triode, extra stainless supports on the thick mica plates, they have chrome pins, silver copper posts, lovely silver domes, twin supported silver saucer at the top and thick lead compound glass for long term vacuum integrity . All this adds up to a low noise high performance tube with a long and reliable life. These tubes make a great upgrade for all amps that take 6N1 type tubes - they can be an upgrade for 6DJ8's, 6922, ECC88 & E88CC, it would be a case of trying them and listening to them as results vary from amp to amp. (BTW MAR said a normal Melos will melt to the ground if you try to use these tubes, but my MAR Reference won't because they beefed up the power supply to handle the draw.) ----- Post Count 9850. THE CURSE GOES ON! Well I told the wife my old turntable was busted ("didn't you just ask for a 20 dollar line thing? don't think I don't know what you're doing! you can't spend more than 50 on this record player!") so I picked up a Dual 1228 for 30 bucks shipped - that leaves me 20 for a new cartridge. I've heard that the Grado ZTE+1 is the right cart to do the job, would you all agree? Buying it new would cost 30 bucks, bah, so I think I'll put up a sign in the sale forums asking for some help for a used cart that will fit on this thing. ----------- Post Count 9885. THE TOWER OF POWER. The Optonica is awesome - it even makes 1911's subwoofer sound acceptable. The woofer is on Channel B, the Wharfedales are on Channel A, and you can dial in A+B to get the ghetto bass blasting! And the Tuner is amazingly strong - I hooked up the Terk FM tower to it and now it's not even breaking a sweat to pick up the Guerrilla Radio broadcasts from tugboats on the Hudson River. I can't wait to hook it up to the Dual 1228! BTW this gave me the first opportunity to try out the other outputs of the Melos - I have it on the passive line out right now, because i found out the left channel of the tape out on the Melos is dead! Oh No! Looks like a job for Lan! -------------- Post Count 9915: Small Curse Update- for some small isolation feet! These eight E-A-R Specialty Composites small isolation feet were just priced so right, I had to snap em up! 4 are going under my DAC-AH, and the other 4? Well if they clear the STAX amp that's ideal, but if the current STAX feet are beefier I'm going to stick these under the PC, or maybe even under the turntable coming in - or under my current DVD player, which is currently using my old pandafeet. And maybe use the isoblocks with the turntable. Ah, it's nice to have isolation options! ----- Post Count: 10,133. Best and Worst 30 bucks I ever spent! The Dual 1228 Turntable came today, and I definitely got my 30 bucks worth of manpower shoehorning this beast into servicable condition! I spent 4 hours of my life trying to get this thing to work and I FINALLY DID IT. You wouldn't believe it - the tone arm's aluminum barrel looked like it was bent by a vicious pair of pliers, the automatic mechanism is totally FUBARed, the list goes on. But the strobe light works fine, and the turntable actually turns, and the thing actually puts out a fine phono signal (it has RCA outs, so i could use my Magwire Phono ICs, yay!) so I rolled up my sleeves, googled "Phono Recovery for Dummies" and had at it. I wedged a slice of cardboard in the thingy to make it a manual TT (plug it in, it will spin.) and the pitch control and strobe worked to help set the speed. I had to bend that damn tonearm BACK into alignment lol, and the cart, amazingly, was already perfectly aligned according to Enjoy the Music's protractor. It came with a Audio Technica AT441E cart and stylus, is that good? The stylus has seen better days, it's probably ripping gashes thru my vinyl - but my vinyl sucks anyhow so I don't care. The weight, skate, etc is all perfecto now, and the TT is grounded via my Melos' ground. It's fed into the Optonica's phono stage and the Optonica is coming back to the Melos so I can hear it with my HP2 cans. Before the music starts you can hear SLIGHT plinth rumble, and occasionally the magwires buzz like it's reacting to some RF - but once the music kicks in all that stuff becomes silent. I'm listening to "Temptation - Secret Machines Remix" by New Order and the BASS is AMAZING. Plus, I'm hearing stuff I didn't with digital - like a really distant echo, really expansive and warm atmosphere to it that is really pleasing. I mean, it's REALLY lo-fi, but the fun factor is way up there! ---------- Post Count - 10,163. UH OH! So the wife walks in to see me A/B testing this! "But honey, I was just checking out the Marantz versus the Optonica and figuring outwhichoneiwantedandwhichiwasgoingtogetridof" You can tell I was talking FAST at this point trying to get finish up before... "YOU PROMISED! THIS STUFF DOESN'T LOOK BROKEN! GET RID OF THIS STUFF NOW OR ELSE!!!!" Goodbye Optonica and Dual 1228! Hope you find more fortunate owners at the NYC Meet Raffle! ---------- Post Count 10,165. I just don't learn. I just pulled the trigger for this- I don't break, I just bend - ALOT. The SR325i is off to a good new home, as well as the the elusive taiwanese bag and some cashola to make it fair, and here comes my new portable amp! -------- Post Count - 10,300. CURSE YOU, Bozebuttons! My Pink Russians crapped out so now I have new tubes on the rec of Bozebuttons! Description and pics of my actual tubes... ..." ONE OF THE BEST PCC88 TUBES FROM HOLLAND."... (My note- these are rebadged Holland Amperex tubes) ATTENTION: VERY RARE TUBE AHEAD! PHILIPS HOLLAND Audiophile Best Quality Δ CODES with SOLID-GETTERS RARE DIMPLE OR RIVIT SOLID GETTER made in HEERLEN, HOLLAND in 1960's - 45 year old RARE Audio Tubes - THE OLDEST & THE RAREST! PCC88 / 7DJ8 1960's Vintage NOS WITH RARE Dimple-GETTERS Twin A-FRAME Support Rods between the Micas Balanced & Matched Triodes THESE ARE FIRST SERIES HEERLEN HOLLAND - THE OLDEST AND MOST DESIRABLE! (My note - his words, not mine!) Identified by the A-FRAME CONSTRUCTION which has LOWER MICROPHONICS, and SOLID DIMPLE GETTERS, lively and realistic sounding and balanced musical sound Best Quality Vintage rarely-seen select audio tubes ! PHILIPS mfg. at Heerlen Holland. They don't make tubes as good as these anymore! These tubes were made in Heerlen, Holland identified by the delta Δ tube identification symbol of Heerlen, Holland vintage date coded Tests Better than 100% NOS @ perfect Balanced & Matched between the Triodes tube 1: 12,500 / 12,500 tube 2: 12,500 / 12,500 New Hickok standard = 8,760 for NOS & Minimum = 6.500 These are STRONG Tubes! Tests approx. 140% STRONG ! -------------- Post Count - 10,330. What can I say. Herbie the Love Ring has struck. Got a pair of HAL-O 9 Damping Instruments to help with the already low microphonics of the incoming tubes. Beep beep! --------------- Scroll down to Post 5 for a continuation of the Curse, or just click here!