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About samberger0357

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  • Birthday 03/11/1957

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    Oakland, CA
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    Vintage audio, records, jazz, pre war blues/country.

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  1. Sounds like he's eager to sell. $800 is a great price for 3a's in good shape. Good luck.
  2. He did. Mailman had perfect timing today.
  3. Thank you, Sir! Magical accurately describes the speakers, and what I'm hearing. I've had the tuner now for about a year. One of 4 Mc pieces currently in use.
  4. A few years ago I acquired a beautiful pair of 3's from a fellow in NJ. Unfortunately the trip to California was a rough one for them and they underwent some internal issues that I, and a few other folks, were never able to fully correct. Ended up selling them for a nice profit. Since then I've been using a nice pair of of early 3a's, but as good as they are, I still longed for a pair of 3's. And I needed them restored as my ability to do them up right is just not there. Put a wanted ad on a couple of forums and got a hit from none other then our own Chris1this1! He had an extra p
  5. Thanks! Yes, I'm really happy with the C20 and wanted to make sure if I was going to upgrade that the amp would be a good match. Going by the numbers the 2105 is a little easier to drive, but the 2250 falls within the recommended numbers for impedance matching and sound wise it's a great match. Yup. Hard to believe, but the difference between 105 and 250 watts have made a difference, and not just on volume. Also, the 2105 was last restored in 2012, while the 2250 had it's restoration in 2018. So it's a little fresher. The bass and the clarity of the amp is immediately evide
  6. Thanks! 80lbs. 3lbs more then the 2105. Was my workout for the day getting it up on my makeshift rack.
  7. Thanks! That was one of the reasons I went for it. Also, it was local, and had been restored by a local tech that is highly reputable. Got a pretty good deal, and went for it.
  8. Whatever would make you happy, professor.
  9. Just got this McIntosh MC2250 to throw some added muscle at my 3a's. The 2250 is a very limited version of the popular and highly regarded 2255. They only made only 499 of them between '82-88 generally designed for the commercial market. At 250+ watts, he's a brute. The 3a's love him. I was using a McIntosh MC2105, which, with it's rated power of 105 watts , was fine with the 3a's, but the added wattage of the 2250 was immediately noticeable in more bottom, and more overall clarity and separation. Also using a McIntosh C20 preamp to have some tubes in the chain.
  10. I have mine about a foot from the back wall , and about 3 feet from the side walls. They are vertical, on stands about 2 feet off the floor. No toe in. I've tried them pretty much every way possible in my room(higher and lower off the floor, closer and further from walls, toed and not, horizontally and vertically) and have found the present set up to sound best. That said, they have never sounded anything but great, and the differences with placement in my smallish room have been minimal. Ultimately experimenting is your best friend. There is no wrong or right, only what sounds best
  11. I bet that sounds great! I've tried a 500C and other low powered tube amps with AR3's and 3a's and very much enjoyed the experience. I finally decided that for full time listening I preferred a bigger amp for my 3a's(which is the speaker I listen to the most, although I do enjoy my KLH Model Five's as well) so am using a a McIntosh MC2105. But I didn't want to give up tubes entirely so have a McIntosh C20 preamp driving the 2105, and the combination is just right for me.
  12. The MA"s can usually be found for what I would consider a reasonable sum plus they're less prone to failure then the much more expensive 1-30's.
  13. I believe CSP member Sonnar has done some changes to his AR2's of the type that Ken is considering. Perhaps he will see this thread and comment. I have used both JansZen 1-30 's electrostats and Micro Acoustic microstatic tweeters with my AR2's, and both additions were worthwhile. I presume some Realistic bullet super tweeters would works well also.
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