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  1. J!m

    Fluke 289 v 87V

    I have a Fluke 10 I use in work. It’s old, the beeper doesn’t beep any more for continuity and it is very limited on functionality. Like resistance and voltage (AC/DC) only. So, I figured I’d get the “standard” 87V meter. Which everyone here probably has, or certainly has seen and/or used...
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    Happy Father’s Day!

    I hope you all have a good one! My plans include: Mowing the lawn Trimming shrubs Assembling a basketball hoop Grocery shopping (and then washing all groceries) Cleaning out my wife’s car Zoom meeting at 1:00 with other dads in the family
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    NAFTA expiration

    I got ythis note from FedEx today; I imagine it applies to all the shipping companies. You may decide to order things from other parts of the world for the next few months. FedEx Regulatory News Be prepared for July 1 when NAFTA expires We’re reaching out to remind you that effective July...
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    Sony CDP-2700 anyone?

    So, I’m thinking of grabbing one of these. It’s a “pro” deck, marketed to radio stations. Internally same as the X55 ES though that does not have balanced connections. Anyone have one here? Used one here? Want to talk me out of it? I have one “good” player (transport) the Theta Data, with the...
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    How do we determine resonant frequency of objects for less than the cost of a Big Mac?

    So, I'm designing a tone arm (again) and I would like to do some analysis to make sure I don't end up with a low resonant frequency somewhere that will open a time vortex and suck the earth into an inverted parallel universe. Or, maybe that's not such a bad thing afterall... So, is there an...
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    Funny pictures...

    I couldn’t think of a good place for this, but it is required viewing...
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    Spring cleaning...

    Send me a message or reply here about anything. I'm going to add stuff as I find it/decide it's going away... Make offers/trades whatever. 0-12V regulated power supply- seems to work fine and checked out against my Fluke 10 POS meter. Confirmed- it goes to 25 volts. Several 7" plastic reels...
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    Mara MCI Hi-Fi / Transport

    Attention high rollers: Chris Mara is restoring MCI (1/4") two-track machines. (MCI JH110) $14,000 including reproduce head $12,500 without reproduce head $10,000 playback only machine 7.5, 15 and 30 IPS; NAB and IEC Optional 1/2" headstack and roller guides available Look like absolute tanks.
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    PL P3600 preamp at the hi fi museum

    Just happened to see this there today. If anyone is interested, I’ll get more info on it.
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    Technics mini system...

    Found one of these locally- no pictures but seller says "everything works" and is in need of clean-up. Full set: SU-C04 amplifier, ST-C04 tuner and RS-M07 cassette deck. Says he has speakers too, but I don't know if they match the series or not... Deck can accommodate metal tapes too. How did...
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    Is there a need for knobs?

    I have acces to ( and working knowledge) a lathe at work and was wondering if anyone needs knobs? I’d need a decent drawing (bar napkin) but I could make knobs once in a while. If we need hundreds, I can do a cad file and get them run off at one of the hundreds of aerospace shops littering the...
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    Nice chat with Bob Boyer today

    So, Bob gave me a call today. It was refreshing as I haven’t spoken with someone with a “southern” accent for a while. I was working in West “by God” Virginia for a couple years and got used to it. When I went back to New York (and now CT again) we don’t hear that so much. Anyway, Bob has...
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    Headphones?

    I'm quite happy with my AKGs but for work, I'd like to have a set of decent sounding, inexpensive (since they'll be destroyed) closed back (because it can get noisy) headphones. Any suggestions? I've been trolling around headfi a bit but there is just too much to digest, and guys there pay...
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    Sony D5M Redux

    Today started out a good day in Sony D5 Land. My NOS parts arrived, and a box of basket case D5 also arrived from a member of the other site (that deal started before the other site suddenly failed, and was completed today!) So, I collected my stuff, and sent a note to ESL to see about getting...
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    Marantz: CP430 and PMD430. What's the difference?

    Yeah? I came across a CP430 for sale today as part of my usual search for a PMD430. I have two Sony D5-M decks (both not working of course!) as that was the direction I (apparently wrongfully) decided to go in... But I still get search results for the Marantz. So I compared visually the two...
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    Tascam 32 anyone?

    1/4” half track deck. 7.5 and 15 IPM speed. Bought from the original owner (his broker- he was dead) so feel good to know it was sold over his dead body. I recently function tested it but did not try okay or record. I have to dig out tape for that, and just getting the damn deck out if the box...
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    How does one measure the capacitance of a cable?

    So, for a phono line, low capacitance is a good thing. I get that, but how do I measure that? Do I short one end and see what the capacitance is across the center and shield at the other end? Is there some other way (that does not involve 1.8 billion dollars in test equipment)?
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    Big band anyone?

    So, during the summer I was called in to take over as drummer for a “new” big band that was the spin off of the old big band. The old band’s drummer is a good friend- a year older and grew up around the block- so we’ve known each other a long time. Once fall came and back to school I had to...
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    Art Blakey...

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