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  1. Above was the first word three years ago on good available tweeters since the ABT type and HiVi type first gave any sort of hope. FM
  2. Extra Reading: Strangest feelings as I stood approximately 2000 feet away and watched the second jet plane hit tower number one while I was stranded in place I then watched tower number one collapse, about an hour later. As I was being covered with white dust and then black dust and the ground vibrating beneath my feet from the collapse I thought of walking on Cortland St. back in the early and late 1960’s as I did so many times. At that same moment I had the memory cross my mind of the wrecking ball actually knocking down those old apartment buildings that were used as stores on the first floors for all that electronic stuff and thought gee, this is twice that I’m watching that block of buildings being knocked down. And while witnessing and thinking of that profound situation unravel in front of me, I knew the world would never be the same again. Extra Reading: https://www.qcwa.org/radio-row.htm
  3. "Canal St. was where you went if you wanted things like motors and such, Cortlandt if you wanted electronics." Exactly right.
  4. Hi DonT, after living most of my life in the big city, it taught me much about the rest of the world however, more often than not, I wish I did grow-up on a farm as I believe it builds good people. I met countless folks who knew nothing but farm life while I was in the military so I have an idea. My father did but across the ocean. The big city has the best of the best and the worse of the worse, I learned that early on. Thought, if you wanted a big selection of anything available in life, you couldn't beat the city. These days to me the city is merely a shadow of what it once was and many I know who have similar experiences, would agree. it's better history is being kept alive by the media and hollywoodville only, it's not like it was and had it's last days of glory in the late 1980's. I have friends that still live there and say it's like being in a third-world city, only worse. Though, I would never dismiss the city life and its ability to teach certain aspects of life for some reason I think a 'natural-life' in the country might be best for most of us. Good luck with your speakers though for maximum enjoyment, I would recommend hooking-up additional high-frequency drivers to supplement areas those speakers may be lacking in. I'm also a believer in driving low-efficiency speakers with higher than normal amplifier power. The AR2 line of speakers would benefit with judiciously used 150-200 WPC plus for realistic sound levels. P.S. with this current virus problem it's best to stay as far away from cities as possible.
  5. I grew up in the big city unlike many here. LOL. I was on Cortland Street almost every lunch hour I had as my first job on Wall Street in 1967 allowed me to be in that area. If you were into electronics back then (?), maybe you can imagine the great fun that was? Between the my ages of 9 years and eleven years old, my father had already taken me there several times so I would know where to go to buy electronic stuff such as tubes and other goodies that he was into as he was a old radio ‘fixer-up-per’ from the late 1940’s into the 1960’s. He was on a very limited budget and fixed many discarded tube radios he would find and bring home. Actually, I believe yous guys were not members here yet and probably still enjoying your Radio Shack Optimus III speakers and receivers LOL. I covered most of that whole story on this site over 13 years ago, I guess yous guys missed it. Canal Street also was a main hub for anything electrical though, mostly odd lots of junk like those old capacitors shown which could be found almost everywhere back then but. Cortland had hi-fi and stereo stuff so it commanded my attention even more. Anyway I bought my first raw speaker cabinets there in late 1967 and began my journey with a target of someday owning AR speakers and Crown amps. Back then Crown was mostly known for their excellent 10 inch tape recorders but their early D300 was one of the first S.S. available until Phase LInear entered the field and knocked out Crown mercilessly. The photos shown above of those old capacitors are very familiar to me as when I was in the USN, we would throw out large numbers of them because they were being phased out of stock.
  6. If you intend to show members what you are using or care to comment please do. I'd show more but, as I've stated, enthusiasm seems to be nil. I'm considering taking down my videos and text as not many here seem to be interested in making any worthwhile comments or showing their set-ups.
  7. Chris Zizzo may have the winning ticket? https://www.amazon.com/Reclosable-Fastener-SJ3560-Household-Scissors/dp/B083M9Q1N3/ref=asc_df_B083M9Q1N3/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=416852451827&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13370426752815427082&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003676&hvtargid=pla-872832071678&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=99283606972&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=416852451827&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13370426752815427082&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003676&hvtargid=pla-872832071678 These strips hopefully will be able to be cut down in size to apply a minimum of contact points facilitating ease of removal and install of grills. Beyond the fact of whether or not they'd work, the fear may be when taking them off with the delicate frames on the AR-3's breaking or even the masonite on my AR-3a's as masonite can be brittle. Looking at the different views of it, it might be too thick? If it is, it may push out the grills too far to look good. Uh-oh, hey Chris, let me see that ticket again. FM
  8. For a 'real' work-out, two of these in full time use do it for me every time. I have the full wood cabinets for everyone of my components but, they retain heat unnecessarily.
  9. The best reason I have found to use P.E. surrounds is that a number of years ago they spoke of an additive used in their foam formula that promotes longevity. I've been using these for over 12 years now and have never experienced any problems or issues. I have yet to have one of theirs disintegrate or wear due to my hard driving of the AR 12 inch woofer. The very high power I use has not revealed or shown any signs of wear, fatigue or growing thin from much extension and flexing. Be it from strong powerful classical music to hard driving rock and also jazz. As a side note, I used one of the first 'joined' surrounds which was the only available surround as long ago as 1990 and to my knowledge there weren't any other sources at that time. I started using P.E. surrounds when I became aware of them and can highly recommend their product. FM
  10. 2-23-20 Although I’m quite satisfied with the whole system, barely any room for improvement other than trying out different vintage high-quality tone arms and modern higher echelon cartridges. Pictured below on the left of foto during preliminary testing, measuring and tentative set-up is a mint condition “Fidelity-Research” FR-54 tone arm. If you know the name, you’ll know that they’re very high quality and rare in the USA market, though this particular model is popular in Japan. At this early stage, things are basically ‘roughed-in’ but, the mounting distance seems to be spot-on thus-far. On the right side of foto is one of my many and favorite S.M.E. 3009 Series II 9 inch arms with a split-counter-weight mounted with a “Gull-Wing” by Benz-Micro cartridge and “Orsonic’ headshell which is my most prized and costly cartridge expenditure to date, even more than my four AR-LSTs combined. If all goes well, I’ll be able to continue with what I like to call, ‘listener-tailoring’ of choosing the best suited cartridge for whatever record I’d be listening to. All this effort will also add a fourth vinyl input to be used at any moment’s desire with merely a flick of a switch on my two step-up transformers. Being a vinyl lover I have at my disposal the choice of how I want a vinyl disk to ultimately sound. That flexibility can only be enjoyed when using vinyl, of course. So, until I begin to apply and measure with the necessary protractors and other measuring devices to exactly dial-in this new to me tone arm, it’s still a work in progress however, I have big expectations of great sound in keeping with the rest of the system. FM
  11. So sad how no one can admit how good this video does sound. To me it sounds excellent! But I digress, when I posted how good mine system sounds, it was also dismissed. Beyond the fact that it is scaled down in size, this video displays an excellent sounding system. It is imperative that one has good computer playback speakers. Inboard desk-top and lap top speakers cannot allow one to have an indication of how good this really sounds.
  12. "I haven't stacked them, or placed Microstatic array tweeters on top of them." Who does that?
  13. If one has items that are no longer produced, one must have a constant eye on the auction site. Here are a couple of options. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1312.R2.TR10.TRC4.A0.H0.XAR+speaker+.TRS2&_nkw=AR+speakers+badges&_sacat=293&LH_TitleDesc=0&_sop=10&_osacat=293&_odkw=AR+speakers
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