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  1. Many people fail to appreciate the sharp difference in value based on condition, this is apparent in many record stores overpricing used vinyl from sought after artists in tatty condition. If they were heavily scratched $60ea would have been possibly too much especially from a private seller at a garage sale. I am chasing down the Albert first pressing records I dont have from AC/DC's Bon days, the price variance on these can be 5-10 fold depending on condition. Near Mint are rare and valuable, and probably better than money in the bank with the bonus that they sound fantastic.
  2. There was sombody who posted in this thread quite early on who found two on the same day! Not seen any other reports since, they must have been made in pretty small numbers for you to have not stumbled onto one in all your CD searching Geoff. Edit: and I see Craig found one in the post at the top of this page
  3. Its just two months off ten years since I started this thread and I have finally completed my AC/DC Japan for Oz first pressings set. The last couple took an age to track down but finally the last peice of the jigsaw, A flick of the switch, is now mine and the set of twelve is now complete. Flick by Simon Gee, on Flickr
  4. Mat - I like your thinking, Paul and I discussed woodl early on and leather too for the baffle. All possible at a cost but with hard to predict results. John has experimented in the past with various finishes on the Sarabande which have worked to varying degrees. The industrial look of the Symphony is simply born from their design and engineering principles and no matter what we do, that will always limit of what works or doesn't. The photos fail to convey just how effective the polished metal makes the speaker disappear, it really does work in practice and hides the heft of the Symphonys which are really like having two mid sized fridges in your lounge as they are quite stout at 0.5m wide in an approximately 3:1 ratio height to width. Nice to hear from you Tony and as a man of sophisticated tastes, your opinion is valued. I like red too and it works on your AV's for sure but as they appear more horn than anything they easily carry off bright colours. The renders Rocky has kindly done have a hint of chrome reflection to them which does make me also wonder about bronze or copper. Subtle and industrial. Since early on I have imagined the horn in an very dark olive metallic green (just a couple of shades from black) which is in a similar vein to your thinking. or of course very dark gunmetal grey. Its all just window dressing in reality because once you sit and listen you soon forget any thoughts over their appearance. I will wait to see how Paul gets on with the first assembled evaluation pair and we can tweak from there. Been some good suggestions on the aesthetics so comments are appreciated 👍 Cheers
  5. About half way down this page is a section on protecting tweeters that should be good guidance: http://education.lenardaudio.com/en/07_horns_2.html
  6. Thanks again Rocky. I guess when I said very dark green I realised after seeing the above image I really should have said very dark olive metallic green. There is a Porsche 911 colour from the 90's that I have in mind, I will need to try and find an image. I appreciate all the comments, its a simple thing but hard to get right. Hi Andy - unfortunatley changing the horn colour is a bit of work in removing it, not something I would attempt myself. Then you have to fine someone who is skilled enough to paint the horn as achieving an even paint finish on a tapering horn would be quite difficult. When I have more photos of a completely built production pair I will get some better photos posted up. Cheers all.
  7. Awesome thanks very much Rocky, they look like chrome finishes? Definitley gives a good guide as to how they may look, i like both of them.
  8. You good on Photoshop Andy? 😁 I just cant decide if a bold colour will work or look totally out of place
  9. Here's a pic of an early production ready pair dummied up with drivers fitted to show the final look. There has been much discussion over the horn colour, should it remain black and stealthy or would it look better painted, perhaps in a deep gunmetal gray or very dark metallic green? Interested to hear others comments and suggestions, nailing the aesthetics has been quite a challenge. IMG-20190606-WA0008 by Simon Gee, on Flickr
  10. ^^ ha Andy! Still fighting the unwinnable contest for Australis best band 🤣 The Oils have sealed the win mate.
  11. Generally speaking, high-end audio is very much a faith based, placebo driven cult, which has been out of touch with reality and technical progress for a very long time. The correct list of items in the playback chain in the order of importance is: Room acoustics, speaker acoustics, drive units, then a long void followed by electronics as a remote third. Many people end up going around in circles because they get caught up chasing small improvements in electronics that are completely disproportionate to the investment made to acquire them. Finding a dealer you can trust is paramount to learning and finding your way through the maze to achieving satisfaction. Attending GTG's is a great way to broaden your knowledge and hear various systems to work out what works and what doesn't. Good luck!
  12. Thanks Craig, I was just coming back to post again after learning this is an MOV release. That's why it is so overpriced in Oz. I will just order it in the UK from here: https://thesoundofvinyl.com/*/Pre-Orders/Armistice-Day-Live-At-The-Domain-Sydney-Limited-Edition-Red-Vinyl/655X0JXN000
  13. Are the audio and performance good YM? I guess they should have been p[etty tight after touring the word before recording this.
  14. No response, does that mean it's not worth it, in fact so not worth it that it's not even worth replying to say its not worth it 😋
  15. You might find my thread of interest given your questions. I have gone for a system that uses TAD and Audio Elegance drivers. I think the differences between many of the top drivers are quite minimal, Los has owned and tested plenty. I went TAD because I didn't want to die wondering
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