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  1. Post some pics thread...

    Spotted some graphic artists at work today...
  2. FS: Martin Logan Summit-X Speakers Near New

    Dyslexia strikes again Martin? I did have a giggle.....
  3. Item: Trafomatic Experience 2 300b tube amplifier as new Location: Hobart Price: $2700 Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: not Using Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Long story made short:- On offer is a virtually brand new, factory built amplifier. Retail price was $3995 last time I looked. This amp is a brand new replacement for an Exp 2 I originally bought in late 2012 but which slowly developed a fault over time until one channel dropped out. The replacement was arranged & supplied by Sasa of Trafomatic (Serbia) & shipped to my door, at no cost to me. How good is that? I simply cannot recommend him or his product more highly. It arrived on January 3rd, 2017. Other than unpacking and firing it up a couple of times, it has remained in my wardrobe since then; probably less than 20 hours on it. However, by this time, after my foray into low power SET amps and high-sensitivity speakers, my hifi interests had pretty much already moved on to other gear - and has now pretty much fizzled out altogether. I'm in 'rationalisation mode', and have other stuff for sale on this site. Accordingly, the Traf is surplus to my needs and unlikely to see the light of day again around here. I feel a tad constrained after all the trouble Sasa has gone to to on my behalf, but there is really no point having this gorgeous bit of kit sitting idle - it will give someone a lot of pleasure. Pics were taken as I unpacked - it will be re-packed for shipping in as like condition as I can manage. Comes with the supplied EH 300b, Tung-Sol 6SN7 and Sovtek 5U4G EH tubes. Email any queries. Pictures:
  4. Item: Pair Martin Logan Summit-X electrostatic speakers Location: Hobart Price: $11,000 Reduced to $9750 Item Condition: Near Mint Reason for selling: Changed circumstances Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased brand new - delivered June 29th 2017. High-gloss piano black finish. Other than perhaps a bit of dust, there are no cosmetic imperfections (eg vacuum cleaner knocks, etc) as far as I am aware. They can be accurately described as Very Near Mint. Serial Numbers ABX8053795G12 / 796G12 [Aside: these are my second pair of Martin Logans, having previously owned ML Ascents.] RFS: Essentially a ground-up rationalisation & stripping back of a hobby that has gotten a tad out of control, resulting in too much stuff. In my dotage, these Summit-X were purchased as part of my ‘why die wondering?’ philosophy. But things have changed & I’m just not listening to music these days – have simply lost interest. [This trend was already under way earlier in the year, and I was aware of it, but I bought 'em anyway…..] Probably age-related I suspect as not much rouses me these days. Lately, the system is either not being used, or just ‘on’ as background noise – either playing crap-recorded ditties from the 70’s and ‘80s via Spotify or tuned to ABC FM Classic. In any case, extreme fidelity is wasted on my ‘mature’ (late ‘60s) ears these days. Perhaps also it’s my cutting back of the wine intake over recent months; constitution complains too much & the occasions when I sit down for a genuine ‘listen’ with a glass of red have become non-existent. No point holding onto gear for the sake of it. [In addition, the ML removal will not be lamented by herself - who feels they are ‘large’. I have argued that in actual fact, they are not as large as the once-resident ML ‘Ascent’ speakers …. Be that as it may, they cannot be described in most domestic situations as ‘invisible’.] My apologies for the rambling, but this pretty much sums up the blurry place where I am with music / hifi. Specs & reviews for the Summit-X can be found online. As a quick note here, the main features of interest to me at the time of purchase were:- 1: Fully active bass with dedicated internal amp (accordingly - only one set of speaker terminals for the panels) with clever electronics tweaking the phasing of twin 10” woofers (one front-firing, one downward-firing) in a design effort to emulate the dipole timbre / air of the panels. Personally, I could never hear the character difference between the panels & the cones of my former fully passive Ascents, but a young professional musician friend said that he could….and I trust his ears. 2. A very low crossover at 270 Hz – well out of the way of the heart of the midrange (vocals are particularly natural); 3: Bullet-proof physicality (can’t be finger-poked or tipped over) with respect to my 2 brand-new grandsons. 4: IMO, the air, clarity, openness, natural detail (without harshness), speed & fullness of a well set-up pair of Martin Logans is hard to beat. Please email any queries. Note A: The warranty unfortunately is not transferrable. Whilst I would be amazed if these gave any trouble whatsoever (with appropriate usage that is – probably not including extreme sustained volume head-banging!), you are on your own if problems do arise. Note B: For interstate shipping, these will be re-packed into their original boxes, plastic-wrapped and pallet-mounted as they were delivered to me (see pic). They come with all original docs, spikes, covers, etc. Pictures:
  5. Item: Pair Snell Type E-IV speakers Location: Hobart Price: $650 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Too many speakers... Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased originally from a chap in NSW - who tells me they came from an estate. They are relatively uncommon in Oz. Plenty of info online relating to this well-known American brand originally founded by Peter Snell. Some specs here:- http://www.snell.no/the_archives_type_E.htm Basically a simple 2-way system but with a (switchable) rear-mounted tweeter to provide space & air. I understand that most Snell speakers used unremarkable Vifa drivers (as per some of the earlier Audio Notes which were based on Snell designs) but I have not opened up these cabinets to check. Whatever the drivers, the design somehow manages to generate a very nicely balanced and full sound from them. In short, I could live comfortably with these - they are very well built & very good 'all-rounders' Excellent detail & plenty of LF. [Of the nearly 90 pairs of speakers I have auditioned over the past dozen years, I would put these in the top ten.] I have not been able to fault their operation in any way - all drivers working (the mid/woofers have been very professionally refoamed at some point), no scratchy pots, no rattles, etc. Cosmetically, they look quite presentable (espacially for their age - circa 1996) but there are a couple of light scratches on the top of one box and an edge-chip oj the other (see pic). The corners are all sharp & crisp, grilles reasonably good (could use a careful wash perhaps), badges complete. Come with spikes. Consecutive serial numbers 48047 and 48048. Measurements are 102H x 27W x 32D (cms). Weight about 21.5 kgs each. They came to me in some home-made but perfectly adequate cartons - which I would reuse if shipping is requested.
  6. Hobart GTG late september EOI

    +1. Outstanding hosts and plenty to talk about. Many thanks.
  7. Just a query - you refer to the cabinet being sealed (?) But I understood the GRF was a ported cabinet. (In my experience, virtually all of the larger Tannoys are either ported or blh designs.) Online pics show a pair of ports towards the bottom of the bevelled sections. Also, the pdf manual (per your link) refers to 'quadruple ducted ports'. Can you clarify please? Ta.
  8. Post some pics thread...

    Ah! Is that what it is? - all news to me. Technology to stuff things up with. In red the thing would have been perhaps out of place but more .....chic? Rather than flat-out grotesque. A friend made a comment - something to do with small willies. I pointed out I have a small member - but no Ferrari...
  9. Post some pics thread...

    Spotted this unusual object in the main strip of North Hobart last weekend. Words failed me ...... and still do.
  10. Hobart GTG late september EOI

    Hi Linc; Reckon I should be able to look in - be good to catch up with some of the audiophools. And to see how you've adapted to the Hobart cool..... Cheers; Robin
  11. Item: Naim SuperUniti Location: Hobart Price: $4500 Item Condition: Near Mint Boxed, 14 months old Reason for selling: Downshifting Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased in June 2016 - so just over a year old. Near mint condition, consistent with it's age & light usage. Might have some dust, handling smears, etc.Happy to ship:- The original factory boxes, packing materials and documentation has been kept.Serial number 406057 - Paid $7200 brand new - purchased from Australian agent, but I had to wait 3 weeks after ordering for it to arrive from the UK. Comes with the Naim original speaker plugs. Offers Spotify, Tidal and Bluetooth.Reason For Selling Now:- Basically this hi-end gear is wasted on me. Too many amps and I'm not utilising its hi-tech digital streaming / internet capability sufficiently. Am a tad old-fashioned, like simple, and am moving back to more modest vintage gear.[Note: This was offered here in Sept 2016 without success. At the time I needed funds - other arrangements were made.] Can demo for locals. Pictures:
  12. Post some pics thread...

    A single Noctilucent cloud then? Although there's usually more than one. I bet your lens fogged up when you first went out!
  13. Post some pics thread...

    Maybe a fading contrail? There aren't many that pass more or less directly over Hobart, but I spotted a high-altitude daytime jet contrail over Hobart two days ago that looked to be from SE to NW. When I got home & went onto 'Flightradar' and it was a flight from Auckland to Doha; in fact it turned out to be more ESE to WNW, but no idea why it swung so far South on its way to the Middle East..
  14. eBay Listings that make you go "Umm?"

    Why wouldn't he just spend the (alleged) $18 and replace the laser before selling it?