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Looking for something special? / Re: La Scala's
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:19:47 PM »
Absolutely, but let's find the La Sala's first!

Looking for something special? / Re: La Scala's
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:46:46 AM »
I have Forte II's as well and really love the sound they produce with my Scott 299c tube amp. I recently bought a pair of HeathKit w5m tube amps which I'm hoping to use as Monoblocks along with a theta tube pre-amp I have from my original system fro 1986. I listen mostly to opera and classical vocal music and really love the midrange and the clarity and warmth (a unique combo as I usually assume one sacrifices warmth for clarity and in the extreme one ends up with an extremely clear but also with a cold lifeless sound). I have a pair of spica TC-50's that definitely produce a livelier and more distinct  sound stage but the quality of the voice production can't match the warmth of the Forte's. I've heard that the La Scala's do everything the Fortes do only better and I'm excited to hear what that might sound like give I love the tube/forte combination so much.

I appreciate that you will keep an eye out for a pair as I don't have much time to be looking  and would appreciate any lead you could offer!

Looking for something special? / Re: La Scala's
« on: January 01, 2018, 01:31:23 PM »
 I have read that the Al Klappenberger crossover modification is pretty impressive.  I guess I should have said "preferably serviced recently and up to spec" rather than requiring modifications. There are definitely some modifications that I wouldn't want, after all I want to buy La Scala's not a clone. The ALK modification is one  I would be willing to pay for and wouldn't mind if that were reflected in the price. And vintage La Scala's would be perfectly fine as long as they are fully functioning and serviced. I will have a 14 x 24 listening room. My listening position will probably be (with speakers 10 feet apart) will likely be between 10 to 12 feet away from them. It might be better to have more than 12 feet between the two but that's what I've got to work with. I think in terms of room size my biggest limitation will be the 8 foot ceilings.

Looking for something special? / La Scala's
« on: January 01, 2018, 10:59:56 AM »
La Scala's preferably with a mod or two in acceptable cosmetic condition (performance must be better than just acceptable). Price I'm willing to pay dependent on condition but absolute upper limit of $1800. Willing to travel 5-6 hours to pick up if necessary.

I have a nice HSU subwoofer that I can use when I'm utilizing the home theater but the speaker bar might be useful. Maybe arrange pickup over the weekend sometime?

Sounds like a deal. Are the speakers recent enough that wall mounts for the two without mounts might still be available? And what are you thinking about center and subwoofer? I use the vizio in my bedroom so I could easily just leave that be and get something I know will work.

Thanks for the info on the smart options. I guess I knew thats what they were, but thought there might be something else I was missing. I agree that I wouldn't pay extra for them as most of what I will be doing in watching blu-ray. I don't watch a lot of cable and only have a basic package, so no premium HBO and such. As the audio component of the video is not my primary source of audio listening Im really just looking for something to introduce me to surround sound and that can take advantage of what the avr can do. The advents might be a good way to go as I already have a sound bar and sub woofer package (vizio) thats a few years old that I can use with it. I think a 70 inch with the smart features sounds about right as I already have apple tv for netflix etc

Yes it was Craigslist buy. I also picked up a Denon avr 3600 for my camp on craigslist.

I mostly want to watch DVD's so I guess a monitor mostly. Not so much into the smart functions but then again, I don't know if I want them if I don't know anything about what they really add. I guess I should do some homework. Any rep's on what smart functions you can't live without?

rowedscholar: So has anyone seen any good "Black Friday" sales advertised for a really good deal on a large screen tv that I will hook up to some yet to be purchased surround sound that I plan to drive with a Denon avr  4000?

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:49:49 PM »
Thanks for trying. Unfortunately he didn't make any suggestions. I may have found a guy in Cleveland from another member so I'll see if that lead results in an operational TT.

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:25:41 AM »
I live in Oakland near CMU. But I do work up in Kittaning, Beaver, New Castle, short I get around so I'm not afraid of a little drive. I've never done any tinkering myself but I'm definitely interested in experimenting. I'm not particularly talented in that area and have always been fearful to try. I'm sure its just because I don't know much about electronics and I'm intimidated by what I don't understand so I'd love to learn by watching then doing (in medicine we have a saying-see one, do one, teach one). Thanks again for your offer.

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:24:17 PM »
I no longer sing unfortunately. I stopped singing in the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh when they got a new conductor about 15 years ago and the repertoire took a decidedly modern and un-Bach-ian turn. I am impressed at your range Sir-Thrift-a-Lot. I always sang first tenor and never really struggled with the passagio either, but just as my joints and mental faculties have stiffened and are less flexible than they once were, so too have my vocal chords. My daughter is a senior in high school and we just decided we are going to start taking voice lessons this fall. She is very interested in and performs in a lot of musical theater as did I at her age. I'm hoping with a little practice, some of the vocal flexibility will return. It is very kind of you to offer to troubleshoot the LP-12. I contacted britaudio as suggested by schwarcw, but they do not repair, only re-fit/re-wire new tonearms. I did find a place in the UK which totally refurbishes and upgrades LP-12's but it is a daunting process to drop $1000 to have it brought back to life. I will definitely take you up on your offer at your convenience and may ultimately become your best paying customer.

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:17:03 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

Your story is told over and over again here and there.  A place that was actually in Wilmerding, PA that moved to North Carolina I believe use to do repairs on Linn tables.  They also did all the upgrades.  Their website is:

Send them an email and inquire about a repair and maybe an upgrade.  Good luck!

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:52:46 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome guys. I'm mostly an operaholic, but also love classical music in general. I sang in a lot of choirs through my life and listen to a lot of the choral as well as the symphonic repertoire. I also love the interpreters of the great american songbook from Sinatra to Buble. As far as the LP-12 goes, right now it doesn't even turn or. The light on the on button doesn't come on when plugged in and the motor doesn't drive the wheel. I wish I were confident with my own tinkering, but haven't ever gotten that deep into the audiophile obsession--which is partly why I'm here: to learn from guys who know a lot more and get more confident so I can venture in and open up one of these classic beauties and see what's inside.

Welcome Wagon / New member in Pittsburgh
« on: October 22, 2017, 02:49:21 PM »
Hey folks,
I'm a new member here. Way back in college I got bit by the audiophile bug and for a few years was really into building a system. I ended up with a Belles One amp. Theta tube pre-amp (which I purchased second hand from the now defunct Opus One that used to be on Smithfield street in Pittsburgh for those of you old enough to remember that, Spica speakers with updated drivers, a nakamichi cd changer and my pride and joy, a Linn Sondek LP-12. Then life happened (job, wife, kids, more school, divorce, ex-wife) and my audiophile passions withered away. Well I'm back baby and I'm interested in trying to rebuild a great system. Unfortunately, between storage and my kids, the LP-12 doesn't work anymore. I still have a lot of my old vinyl collection (opera, classical vocal, choral, symphonic and jazz vocalists) and want to start listening to it again. I'd really love to get my LP-12 refurbished so any advice or guidance on who might be best to do that is appreciated.

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