steve 57

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About steve 57

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    east yorks, , UK
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    td124/frs64s /spu
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    Pre war
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    Bigger than the norm

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  1. Of course they could.. it's the top end that smoothes out after alot of running in so a good 98 db ish tweeter would be a good addition.. and what i would do if I was starting out with diy speakers
  2. I would suggest you attend the wam Show in March..
  3. I would try the fane twin cones 12 & 15" they are really good for the price. A simple sealed box can work a treat. And a good intro to speaker building I've had them next to my speakers they are good, and a genuine 99db they take alot of running in and are best to listen off axis ... but a small price to pay for a good speaker. Steve over on audio-talk has spent the last year tweaking his pair of 12s and his son has the 15s.
  4. I would guess they will work fine. Try them.. I would check the static impedance of the loud speakers to check there's nothing untoward with them but assuming a 6 ohm or above reading, they should be fine I have had a couple of otl amps on my speakers within the last few months, a mates diy 13e1 based 1 watt and a not so good transcendent 4 watt 300b p/p both worked ok on my 6 ohm 4 way speakers. We have a few otl fans at the audio talk forum diy meets
  5. That's what went in the gram, the matching pre was lovely I had one until last year.. sounded very nice Search pye Mozart
  6. I'm still using them.. ive still not heard anything that betters them.. getting the rest of the speaker to match is the issue for most who try them My latest speakers have been at the wam show these last 2 years Just planning on making new cabs for my second set of drivers. I'll reply to your pm later
  7. steve 57

    My Quad ii experience.

    Having built more than a few class A triode amps, my view is that power supply modulation is a rather big issue in valve amps. You only need to measure the signal on the power supply to see how it contaminates whilst playing music. In the mid 90s I went through my vintage amplifier phase, first one being a german radiogram amp, then quad 11, leaks and a pye Mozart to name a few I owned. I always seem to prefer the single ended amps, the pye Mozart and the little radiogram amp at the time The radiogram amp got well modded, Audio Note caps, stepped attenuator etc. It was so good I sold my solid state audio analogue pre/power amp and used that little amp for nearly a year. I then got hold of some british px4 valves went totally diy I have never looked back. Learning that the perceived standards for valve amp power supplies was not very good for the music has been one of the learnings that have improved my own amps over the last 20 years or so.
  8. Funnily enough I have telefunkens in my phono.
  9. They are pre war I would guess. From 1940 there would only be vt75 with the black military spec getter.
  10. I have half a dozen of those.. best kt66s by a mile, most are military vt75s they are very nearly as good as a coke bottle px4 And may I say, wasted driving a 845.
  11. Are the kt66 coke bottle shaped?
  12. Interesting link describing valve metallurgy It does explain the reasons behind the efficiency of the emmisions in a valve and how the quality and make up of the metals effects the output.
  13. That's my view too. I would also say that most modern production valves are lacking compared to the 50s production and they are lacking compared to 30s early 40s valves That's without the effect of the circuit & transformers.
  14. You can probably sort it yourself.. detoxit is the best thing to spray inside the pots, but wd40 works very well and I have found it to be long lasting..
  15. I bet it sounds average..