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  1. You would never see these in California, especially the Bay Area, in this condition, for less then $400. Probably more. That is a screaming deal. But then again I saw huge, 3000+ sq feet homes being sold on House Hunters in Richmond yesterday for less then $400K. So I guess there is still value to be had some places in the country.
  2. The majority of my streaming are FLAC's of my ripped cd's. As I indicated earlier, I occasionally use Spotify, for which I have the Premium subscription. I've also used Tidal lossless in the past. And frankly, I cannot tell any difference in audio quality between those 2 services, or them and my cd's. I'm sure it's there, but by choice I do not own the most resolving system possible, so can't hear it. Just happy that all these various mediums exist.
  3. Noise on records has never bothered me in the 45 years that alive been a serious listener/collector.. I don't buy trashed records, and vacuum clean if they're really noisy, but it's never been an issue. I tend to listen to a lot of styles where a little noise doesn't affect the listening experience, but I can certainly understand a person who listens to a lot of classical music to prefer the sonic perfection of digital. And as I buy and listen to pretty much all mediums I begrudge nobody their preference for enjoyment. I've never been a participant in the analog vs. digital wars. All that matters is the music.
  4. I love the "set up" Adams. Mine is mostly still big antiquated hardware-centric, with several thousand lp's and cd's and the things to play them on. But for several years now I have also embraced digital technology, and happily use my Squeezebox Touch and computer to stream what now amounts to a personal library of over 1500 albums, plus various radio programs worldwide, and to try out new music from sites such as Bandcamp and Spotify. It's lovely to have this digital jukebox at my fingertips, particularly in the evening when my wife and I are hanging out and working or doing other things just to be able to put the music on random, or create a playlist, and let it go on for hours if need be. No reason anybody has to be trapped with just one medium. It's easy and fun to use everything available to be able to access as much music as you want.
  5. Yes I saw those. And they are gorgeous, and a lot more expensive then the one's selling locally. I assumed that the Four's were all produced so early that they all had the oil filled caps, but from Tom's ad it looks like I may be wrong. Should check on my local seller's serial numbers.
  6. Seller wants $450, which I think is too high. Says they are in "excellent working shape". I emailed an offer of $300 plus a pair of Model Six's, but never heard back, which I suppose means he's not interested. I'm on the fence because I'd love to add these to the collection. They are scarce, and so a good pair selling locally is enticing. Plus I have an amp(McIntosh MC250) which accommodates 16 ohm speakers. Would appreciate any and all opinions.
  7. Thanks for the kind words. I've tried the 5's on the floor, with 8" stands, with the 11" replica AR stands that you see in the video, and up on top of my Klipsch Cornwalls! Frankly, they sound great no matter where I put them, but I prefer them on the AR stands. Not only because of the sound, but I miss my currently sick AR3's less with then 5's on their stands
  8. Tube gear with the Model 5's is great. Here's a recent video of my system that I did for another forum that highlights the 5's being driven by a pair of Dynaco MKIII's and a McIntosh MX110 pre. My System
  9. Hi Victoria and welcome to the forums. I'm sure others will be around to provide more info then I can, but here is a thread from '03 which will provide some initial information for you. Hopefully you find it helpful. AR 58
  10. Well said, and couldn't agree more. There actually is a base, albeit probably not a very large one, that continues to buy, restore, and happily use and champion tables from pretty much every company that you named. Many of those tables were built to last, and while they typically require a certain amount of restoration to bring them back up to speed, once done they all have the capability to provide "hours & hours of hassle-free enjoyment, while preserving the condition of irreplaceable vinyl in a very satisfactory way", as ar_pro has so eloquently and correctly pointed out. And the AR XA/XB certainly belongs to that group.
  11. The XA/XB arm is quite good , and better then mid fi when properly restored. Have a conversation with Marc Morin over at Audiokarma regarding it's full potential.
  12. I'm not sure how to answer your question other then to suggest you might want to ask it on the Turntable forums of Audiokarma.org . There are several folks over there that are AR experts and I'm certain that they will be able to advise you. http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?forums/turntables.28/
  13. They sure do, as does my slightly later set. But that set doesn't have what looks like to me to be the plywood cabinets that these do that I've read about. In any case. they are beautiful
  14. Well, it's not much of a collection, so to speak. I have 3 of them now. But these came up not far from my home yesterday for a very nice price and I couldn't resist. Serial numbers 13967 and 14409, the lowest I've ever owned(currently the 3 I own are all in the late teens and early 20's). Bought them from the 2nd owner, and they're in great shape. I adore my Six's. They work well with pretty much any amp(currently using a McIntosh MAC 1700 receiver to drive them), and they always produce nothing less then a real sweet presentation. Plus, they are audio history. Like my AR 3's, I plan on keeping them forever.
  15. Here's my current table that got the Morin treatment.
  16. That's a before shot. The mods haven't been done yet. I haven't used a stock XA so I can't compare before/after. Others have, and the overwhelming verdict is that what Marc does to the table improves it . I think probably part of that is taking a 50+ year table and refreshing it, bringing it up to modern standards. Not unlike what we do to our old speakers. Certainly I can say that my XA is as good as any table I've owned, and I've owned some expensive, modern ones. The questions you raise are good ones, and unfortunately I'm not the guy to answer them. But Marc is. If you do some research on AK I'm pretty certain all the answers are there,or just send Marc a PM over there. He's a great guy, and he typically responds very quickly.
  17. Here's what the subchassis looks like. Marc's restoration includes mass loading the subchassis, and adding a Linn spring set. He also cleans out and refinishes the subchassis bearing wells. He also rebuilds the arm pivot assembly with sapphire cups, and refinishes the pivot pins. He refinishes the spindle and adds new thrust plates. He mass loads and spin balances the pulley and installs a motor pod. He also rewires the arm, if necessary and internally damps the arm tube. I'm probably missing a few things, but by the time the table is returned it's a mechanical marvel. Marc is a retired engineer, so this is as good as it gets, imo. Not to dismiss other AR restoration wizards, of course. He also can replace the armtube with an SME style headshell mount, but I prefer the original arm. There's a guy who makes excellent replica AR headshells, so for me, a replacement arm doesn't really offer any advantages, and takes away from the beauty of the table.
  18. Great info. Thanks Kent. That should be a beautiful XA when all is said and done. I've had my current XA since 2014. Its from the late 60's. It too was given the restore treatment by Marc Morin. I am a firm supporter of just doing what it takes to make the table a smooth running soils performer without disturbing the beautiful elegance and simplicity of the table. Everything he does is under the hood. I like it so much that I couldn't resist when this very early example came up for sale, and for what I consider an excellent price. These tables have been creeping up in price the last few years.
  19. The XB had cueing, but I'm almost certain(99 9/10 %) that the XA's never did.
  20. Yup I'm pretty pleased. That cueing device is an add on as they didn't originally come on XA's, but I'll take it. It's now off to AK'er Marc Morin, the great AR turntable guru for his once over to iron out any kinks and do some of his magic on it. He worked on my other one and what he does really helps bring the best out of these old beauties. To say that I'm looking forward to spinning my first lp on it is a big understatement.
  21. For anyone interested I just acquired an early , 2 motor XA, serial number TX 12477. Got it with the original dust cover, too. I have already an XA that is several years later, serial number XA 85954. Here's some pics of the early one.
  22. Ditto, and I never worked in loudspeaker, or any other kind of audio manufacturing. I would guess that many of us who visit CSP do so for information exactly like this. A great thread. Thank you.
  23. AR 3's w/ a Citation II amp. Classic combo First listened to AR's in the mid-70's at the AR listening lounge in Harvard Sq. bought my AR 3's in 2015, my 3a's last year.
  24. That's a Sony STR 6800. Great receiver, and a great match for whatever variation of 4's those are. Good catch. And perfectly normal behavior, at least among us AR freaks.
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