125dBmonster

Open Invite Lounge, Tasmania

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Listening along here, to some James Taylor, lovel

21 hours ago, Rob181 said:

Pick what's wrong with this picture...

 

Got it yet...

 

Most of the attendees still have a head of hair...

We need hair to listen to the music properly

Our aging bodies haven't rejected it yet

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On 2017-6-24 at 11:17 AM, soundbyte said:

Something I thought would I never see again, one of the battery chargers I had worked with when I worked in the Hydro.

 

Seems to be peeping its grey and black head above the cheese and crackers or am I mistaken?

 

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Looking good.

 

Russell.

It's yours Russell, will load it next gtg

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6 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

It's yours Russell, will load it next gtg

OK, not too sure what I might do with it but, yes thanks.

Seems like I may have won a guessing game(?), though not too many people will have seen them, let alone know what they are!!

Don't do your back in loading it!!  From what I remember these were quite heavy, lots of iron inside.

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9 minutes ago, soundbyte said:

OK, not too sure what I might do with it but, yes thanks.

Seems like I may have won a guessing game(?), though not too many people will have seen them, let alone know what they are!!

Don't do your back in loading it!!  From what I remember these were quite heavy, lots of iron inside.

Yep you are right Russell

I have a book for it as well, with settings and parts list, made in Hobart at old Hydro Building.

You may be able to use some of the bits out of it or the case or something. Super seeded by smaller switchmode chargers or Inverter/chargers

It's 24v output and good for 60A, so thumping great transformer inside, selenium rectifier as well as some other really old regulator cct stuff  

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Absolutely fantastic GTG, listened to 4 different amps on the pair of Martin Logan CLS's, which was very interesting

Lots of music and great conversation about everything Audio among other things

 

Excellent to meet @kranky who represents the East Coast of Tassie :thumb:

@Upfront @Auracle @Aussieamps, Joel, Shamus, Ray and my Lovely Mrs who cooked us dinner again and set up the house for everyone who stayed over.

 

 

Travel safe everyone and can't wait for the next GTG, Hobart

 

Photo, Everyone was surprisingly well at 1 bell as we listened on into the evening, the big horn rig is pretty good but needs a little more tweaking to get rid of a hole in the response at 50Hz, battery driven PSU drove all the gear all weekend W/O a problem and a little help from the mains

 

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Our little Elsa also liked to get into the sweet spot seat as well as tidy up any spilled bacon

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30 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

Yep you are right Russell

I have a book for it as well, with settings and parts list, made in Hobart at old Hydro Building.

 

Where I started out, Main Road Moonah, now a Taswater building.

Quite a lot were made, in house design, for outlying radio repeater stations and the like, most on top of hills and mountains.

Book will be handy and bring back many memories.

 

30 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

You may be able to use some of the bits out of it or the case or something. Super seeded by smaller switchmode chargers or Inverter/chargers

 

Hoping the case will be of use, some other things maybe not!

Will see when it arrives.

 

30 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

It's 24v output and good for 60A, so thumping great transformer inside, selenium rectifier as well as some other really old regulator cct stuff  

 

Not sure about the voltage, seem to remember these were used in the telephone exchange buildings as well, might be a different model with 48V out.

Pretty sure that most if not all parts (transformers PCBoards etc) were made in house, would not happen today.

For the day, these were up there, things have changed dramatically.

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Warm hats were the order of the day.

 

Looks like another great Tasmanian GTG, sorry I missed it.

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1 hour ago, soundbyte said:

Warm hats were the order of the day.

 

Looks like another great Tasmanian GTG, sorry I missed it.

There will be more Mate and you were missed

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Matt made it home in one piece.

Thank's for a great weekend good company Top food and of course the music.

 

Many Thank's  Steve.

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1 hour ago, kranky said:

Matt I forgot to mention Very Nice amps Anthony makes.

Steve.

Thanks Steve

Always welcome Mate

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This GTG has been one of the most informative and entertaining meetings I've attended over my lifetime. 

The hospitality shown by our host and partner has been second to none, so a sincere thank you for the

wonderful cuisine put in front of us and making rooms available for our overnight slumber.

Always good to meet new faces and any reservations quickly converted to camaraderie. 

The quality of conversation was of a very high standard and everyone learned something new (not always about audio).

The photos should reflect the variation in characters present that made for a very enjoyable weekend.

The equipment was as varied as the characters themselves, ranging from DIY, antique, to cutting edge commercial

amplifiers. The loudspeaker range was just as varied. The music list was extensive and also varied over an extreme spectrum.

Reluctantly we had to part ways. This weekend will not be easily forgotten. It was a privilege to attend and hope to attend many more.

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Sounds awesome! You seem to know how to throw a good party, Matt, and family.

 

Lovely photo of the late-evening stalwarts - from the pile in the bottom right there was a high "turnover" of amps and other gear :unsure:

 

Thanks for the great report, Sam.

 

Any others on the way? Details, details...

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Absolutely fantastic GTG, listened to 4 different amps on the pair of Martin Logan CLS's, which was very interesting
Lots of music and great conversation about everything Audio among other things
 
Excellent to meet [mention=114318]kranky[/mention] who represents the East Coast of Tassie :thumb:
[mention=111049]Upfront[/mention] [mention=159635]Auracle[/mention] [mention=104287]Aussieamps[/mention], Joel, Shamus, Ray and my Lovely Mrs who cooked us dinner again and set up the house for everyone who stayed over.
 
 
Travel safe everyone and can't wait for the next GTG, Hobart
 
Photo, Everyone was surprisingly well at 1 bell as we listened on into the evening, the big horn rig is pretty good but needs a little more tweaking to get rid of a hole in the response at 50Hz, battery driven PSU drove all the gear all weekend W/O a problem and a little help from the mains
 
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It was a brilliant night mate. Was great just hanging out and talking music. Thanks to Matt and the family for putting up with us, cooking for us, looking after us and generally treating us as part of the family. Very much appreciated.
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Matt I forgot to mention Very Nice amps Anthony makes.
Steve.

Very nice. It still amazes me that such beautiful gear is made here in little old Tassie.
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3 hours ago, kranky said:

Matt I forgot to mention Very Nice amps Anthony makes.

Steve.

You don't make a bad amp either, Steve. :thumb:

I think we were all fairly impressed with what both your class A creations achieved. The ML CLS's are a challenge for any amp and both the 5w Valve and Nelson Pass are lovely sounding things, the Pass with the power edge both sounding very similar in the Lounge.

The little amp shoot out was a blast with each amp all showing their own character quite clearly to my ears 

Sam's amp was nice too but seemed to lack the lustre of the DIY amps (the DIY and Tassie made amps were stars of the shootout) and may have done better with a different speaker set.

 

The Holton 050 100w amp sounded as well as the Class A amps but had a few more watts under the hood extracting another clean 3dB or 2 from the stats.

 

Anthony's larger amp the Vinci is certainly an engineering masterpiece and would drive the ML's to arc across the input connectors creating a spark and resultant crack.

Have the speakers running again now and they survived the day ok :) 

 

Thanks again for being here 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Upfront said:


Very nice. It still amazes me that such beautiful gear is made here in little old Tassie.

After you go down that road it's difficult to justify going back, Linc. :love Especially when the people that make them are such great Friends as well as Audiophiles

Those paper horns were better in the flesh, have a feeling you will get those right soon and get the mini horn rig going for the shed will be watching on as you have a crack at more with a lot of interest.

Always fantastic to catch up Mate, thanks a lot for coming along, will be in Hobart with bells on for the next GTG adventure

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3 hours ago, Auracle said:

This GTG has been one of the most informative and entertaining meetings I've attended over my lifetime. 

The hospitality shown by our host and partner has been second to none, so a sincere thank you for the

wonderful cuisine put in front of us and making rooms available for our overnight slumber.

Always good to meet new faces and any reservations quickly converted to camaraderie. 

The quality of conversation was of a very high standard and everyone learned something new (not always about audio).

The photos should reflect the variation in characters present that made for a very enjoyable weekend.

The equipment was as varied as the characters themselves, ranging from DIY, antique, to cutting edge commercial

amplifiers. The loudspeaker range was just as varied. The music list was extensive and also varied over an extreme spectrum.

Reluctantly we had to part ways. This weekend will not be easily forgotten. It was a privilege to attend and hope to attend many more.

Thanks for the kind words Sam heart felt Mate.

 

Lovely to host Mate, seeing Guys from different walks of live and fair distance separating them come together and have such an honestly enjoyable play and dabble with our hobby. 

Auditioning the gear listening to everyone's stories is one of the spices to our lives, the few hours us Blokes put aside every so often to GTG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please Stop!  I really am missing not being there!

 

Great to hear that the GTG's are doing the job of getting people together and having a listen, possibly educating the uneducated or NOT!

 

I am sure that there are more locals that will put their hands up to attend the next GTG.

 

Don't forget your hat if you are newcomer!

 

Should have a miniDSP by the next GTG date, whenever that may be?

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3 hours ago, BioBrian said:

Sounds awesome! You seem to know how to throw a good party, Matt, and family.

 

Lovely photo of the late-evening stalwarts - from the pile in the bottom right there was a high "turnover" of amps and other gear :unsure:

 

Thanks for the great report, Sam.

 

Any others on the way? Details, details...

Cheers Brian, was a little slack and didn't take all that many photos

The amps were fun swapping them out every hour or so, one was stripped down on the bench, while it was still watm for it's transformer.

 Still quite vividly remember those new speakers sitting in the doorway of the workshop with us looking out onto the paddock from the couch  at you place and hope it isn't too long between visits 

 

 

 

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Got to agree, what an outlook for a listening room!

 

Looking forward to hearing the changes Brian.

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9 minutes ago, 125dBmonster said:

one was stripped down on the bench, while it was still watm for it's transformer

 

Wow. Not for the faint-hearted. Need a sparky to make sparks fly, I suppose...

 

Hope you all earthed your hats first.

 

My speakers do keep improving - did a post tonight to cover some of the latest progress -          http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/86118-in-at-the-deep-end-sb-15-inch-for-sensitive-bass/?page=10#comment-1864369

 

 

Yes, the stunning backdrop is ever-changing; hopefully it doesn't get too whited out. The ridge being about 1100m, it's a good gauge of how accurate the weather-man is when he says "snow down to 400m". (I'm about 320m).

 

GTG on the cards, but I'd better work on the old catering skills, to keep the Southern end up. Bit of a hard act to follow, but I could always thaw out a cherry or 2. Wallaby stew, anyone?

 

(If you serve XXX in Burnie, does that mean I have to find XX for this latitude?)

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