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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2019, 01:45:46 PM »
A Will Vincent refurbished ST 70 is the way to go if you want a Dynaco. I would also look at a pair of Klipsch Cornwalls. You may not need a sub with them.

What’s the cost on a Will Vincent Dynaco? The ST-70 Series 3 above is 1500 new.
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 07:42:24 PM »
I find that if you can keep your Cornwalls in your room corners, the bass is nice and accurate. As you move them away from the walls, it can become a little lean.

I definitely can’t corner the Cornwall’s in my room. Knee walls and sloped ceilings.

I never liked them mimicking khorns at 45 degrees each, but I did spend a bunch of time with them about 3 feet off of my corners with a bit of toe in. Huge soundstage, but a little lean like I said. With knee walls and all, close is good enough probably, you could easily have too much bass, it has a lot to do with your front end. Watts don't matter with Klipsch, but tone does. I honestly was not satisfied with them until I changed tubes a few times, some just have more bottom than others. As far as placement, you know when you find the best sounding spot in the room at a venue, and it's always the best spot regardless of which band is there? Positioning them is kind of like that in reverse, at least that was my experience. -Marc
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2019, 10:54:05 PM »
I don't know anything about tubes, or Klipsch, but I really hope you're able to capture the sound from that barn party.
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 11:17:13 AM »
I don't know anything about tubes, or Klipsch, but I really hope you're able to capture the sound from that barn party.

The barn is still there. I’m gonna take a picture of it today. Lots of memories. Another guy was so floored by the La Scalas that he built his own pair. 3/4 in. birch plywood for the cabinets. I don’t know where or how he sourced the components, but he did a good job. Very heavy.

The guy that owned the shop where these were purchased delivered them to the barn. Helped with setup. He even stayed for awhile. The name of the shop was called The Stereo House. Owners name was Tom something. Just saw him in local restaurant recently. Nodded and smiled. Many late nights at the Stereo House. ;)
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2019, 04:38:33 PM »
Here is a shot of one.
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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2019, 05:09:25 PM »
Here is a shot of one.

something about that almost military styling that I really dig
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2019, 05:48:16 PM »
Here is a shot of one.

something about that almost military styling that I really dig

Yeah!  Looks kinda' like Yuri Gagarin's amp of choice.
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2019, 06:20:50 AM »
Here is a shot of one.

Ugh!


Reminds me of smelly old military surplus radios from the 40's

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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2019, 03:19:21 AM »


I'm with 108Ω saying UGH on the styling. Like styling matters. But I like my gear to stack, in case I need to "go vertical!"
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2019, 08:37:22 AM »
So I ended up with Cornwall’s. Right now running them with a 100w integrated solid state and would like to try a tube amp. The intro pricing on the Dynaco 3 is over so that’s not an option. Any recos on an entry level tube amp around $500 new. Doesn’t have to be integrated. I can use my 902 as a pre. Thanks.
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2019, 08:42:15 AM »
So I ended up with Cornwall’s. Right now running them with a 100w integrated solid state and would like to try a tube amp. The intro pricing on the Dynaco 3 is over so that’s not an option. Any recos on an entry level tube amp around $500 new. Doesn’t have to be integrated. I can use my 902 as a pre. Thanks.

I don't know much about tube amps other than the fact that there are a lot on the market, particularly at lower prices, where the tube(s) are little more than cosmetic.  Watch out for that.
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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2019, 09:16:50 AM »
Don't let inadequate designs or poor application mislead you. Well designed and powered tube amps can deliver very solid, tight bass
Many are sweeter in the upper-mids and top end because of "euphonic dominant even-order harmonics", which tubes do well.
They traditionally also soft-clip, which is almost compression-ish, rather than a sharp-cutoff to the production of distortion.

The power behind the wall of sound was McIntosh tubes.
There was bass...   oh, was there bass!
Many Hammond B-3s are tube powered, and when the percussive drawbars are right, those left keys will spank-ass      ;)

It is typically less costly to make a very clean solid-state amp than a very clean tube amp.
Modern designs deliver some gorgeous solid-state sound.
The differences between both are more about design implementation rather than component type topology.

If at all possible, listen before you buy!
It's lots of fun, and reduces "buyer's remorse".


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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2019, 09:19:09 AM »
Wall of sound powered by solid state McIntosh MC 2300 amps.

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Re: Time to change up my 2 channel playback.
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2019, 10:14:13 AM »
Tony,

No doubt tube amps sound sweet, but you may find that you will need a bit more power to drive the woofers. The Cornwalls are quite effiecient @ over 100dB, but power is still power. The Dynaco is only 35WPC.

I've wanted to do something similar. I was thinking a good approach would be to find a tube amp with a preamp output in addition to the main out. I could then run the pre out to a solid state amp for the lows, (As a hybrid configuration) and use the main outs for mids/highs only.


 

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