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  1. Sadly it won't have quite the ooph @ooogh needs. He really liked my XA 30.5, but his Ambiences would ideally like a bit more power. An X 150 (.5 or .8) could be the go.
  2. The website suggests they won't ship to Australia. However, I contacted them and they were happy to do so. I just had to select USA at checkout and then explain in the comments that I was located downunder. I sent an email asking them to confirm that they had changed the shipping details accordingly and they did this promptly. Apparently they have had some grief trying to ship kits that contained glue to Australia in the past. So they will ship speaker surrounds but not glue. Anyway, the package arrived without drama.
  3. Thanks Mate I have Wheels, Modern Motor and Sports Car World mags going back to the 50's - probably have most or all of the ones on offer. They used to be a much-treasured resource, but the internet has basically changed everything. including my long-standing hoarding tendancies. Nowadays, whenever someone tries to give me even a brochure, I reject it if the info is available online. And I'm trying to cut down on magazine subscriptions as it just seems unecessary to have a physical copy of everything gathering dust, taking up shelf space etc etc. I bet one
  4. I gather this is a pretty rare beast. My understanding is that it predated and inspired all subsequent releases of the famed "Black Bowmore". As the label indicates, it was bottled in 1985 when it was already 21yo.
  5. FWIW, I have had several pairs of both NS1000M's and Gale 401's for many years. During almost all of that time, I clearly preferred the Yamaha's, but couldn't bear to part with the Gales, partly because of their aesthetics, iconic status and their whole amazing story. When a small group of us in SA were auditioning gear for Classic Album Sundays, one combination that gelled superbly was the teaming of a 600W Bryston power amp with the Gales and that was an absolute revelation. I was left with no alternative but to invest in a big Bryston amp and, for the past few month
  6. I think Paul Keating has a pair of Shahinians - IIRC, they are Diapasons. Anyone know if he is a member of SNA? Why shouldn't he be? I'm guessing he's probably not looking to sell, though.
  7. I'd like #4 please. I just wish I still had my old Commodore SLE 5 litre V8 in the same colours to go with it.
  8. I'm happy to grab this. I'm sending a PM offering asking price.
  9. I think I'm glad the Stinger isn't available in all wheel drive in Australia. Otherwise I would've had to seriously consider it last time I changed cars. I just have this mind set that RWD can be a lot of fun but Quattro (or similar) has a safety edge that can't be ignored, especially in a moderately high power car. ESP is clever these days but 4 paws still works better IMHO. My Audi S5 does everything I need a car to do and I really can't fault it after 2+ years. I think the hatchback body style is a brilliant compromise. But the 3 year warranty is a sad joke and I
  10. Very nice - quite a progression from 1936 to 1940. Its so sad we no longer build cars in Australia. The ones we did had some unique qualities. My wife and son both drive BA Falcons - his is an XR6 Turbo I bought new in 2003. Neither will consider parting with them to upgrade. How could she find a current sedan that will happily and legally tow 2.3 tonne - ie a horsefloat with two GG's?
  11. Going by your name and the other clues, I'll guess a slightly younger (by 4 years) version of this one: https://www.collectablecars.net/collection/chevrolet-fc-sloper-coupe-1936
  12. I must look into this. Not for tea, though - I've never understood that stuff. I'm a self-confessed coffee adict - only 2 mugs a day but as necessary as oxygen. Mrs M has been known to take the phone away from me and tell the (too early) caller "He can't make sense yet until he's had his coffee". Occasional medical procedures that require fasting are my nemesis. I'm sure the diagnosis of dementia has been ascribed to me by clinicians/medical technicians that were unaware of my caffeine-deprived status. It wasn't so much dementia as the absolute fact that my brain be
  13. In our neck of the woods, @Ooogh is the expert on tea flasks. He's rarely seen in the wild without one and some in his collection are probably prehistoric. He does tend to leave them behind quite frequently, though, probably some sort of strategic manouvre - like marking a trail if you need to retreat. Hopefully, he'll chime in with all the advice you need, Al. His opinion is worthy of respect.
  14. Yeah, but prior to that he had a little shopfront in Angas Street (IIRC) for decades. When another pair of Apogees got damaged in transit on the way to me from NSW, Audioconnection got him to fix it on their behalf. He operated on the speaker on our pool table and reglued a stray magnet and replaced a treble/mid ribbon. I bought several items from him over the years and even sold some to him. He was always an interesting character to talk to and reasonable and honest to deal with.
  15. Calipers $2,000, Duettas $2,100, Scintillas $1,250 (query re meeting reserve?) miniGrands $2,200 plus $775 for DAX. The Duetta's were the only ones I saw with all the ribbons apparently in reasonable nick. I missed the Calipers as they didn't have stands and were on a table somewhere that I didn't find. The auctioneer obviously had no idea about this gear - eg no idea whether it was "Per" or "Pre" amp. In particular, selling a stereo pair of mono amps seperately and selling the Apogee mini grands with the DAX in a different lot seemed bizarre to me. I wasn't bothere
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