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1  General Category / Technical discussion / The Great Heils are almost free! on: December 10, 2018, 11:55:58 AM
Rico is selling the Great Heiis for 140 bucks each. ESS is not going away and they are not "all that's left".

For anyone owning The Horns, now is the time. I will tell everyone how to build the xover and anyone can do it!
2  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: pre-amp with balanced outputs on: November 23, 2018, 11:05:43 PM
Hi Herman, using xformers to get a balanced signal would be a compromise not worth doing. Many guys are using The Truth with RCA to XLR adapters. This works just fine and there is no compromise. The Truth running this way will be superior to any balanced pre amp anyway so why bother?

The design can not be made in true balanced config., just not possible without compromises in sound quality.

I'm not sure why a balanced signal is needed since isn't the output of a cartridge single ended? Now, if the phono stage is running in balanced mode , isn't it converting the singe ended output of the cartridge to a balanced signal? That's a real question, not a smart ass question! If that is the case an adapter could be used to invert absolute polarity if one wanted to.

I know nothing about the Bent Audio Slagleformers but I hear Dave is a really nice guy. John at Bent is as well!

Hope this helps!
3  General Category / General Discussion / Thanksgiving is here! on: November 21, 2018, 11:44:49 PM
Helen, Sidney and I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Just remember, when you fry your turkey make sure it is in the garage, the oil is boiling hot, the bird is still frozen and for sure just drop it in from about 2 feet high.

Better yet, don't do any of that.....just wait for the YouTube videos of the morons that did do that! I'm sure there will be some. With luck they won't burn their house down.


4  General Category / General Discussion / Happy Veterans Day. on: November 11, 2018, 08:55:15 AM
Thanks to all the Vets that have  sacrificed so that we may live the life we do.
5  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / A new review, I never saw coming! on: November 04, 2018, 08:16:31 PM
Well, I'm pretty sure Roger told me he wrote for TNT Canada. He paid full price as he was buying it for himself and as with everyone, he knew he could send it back if not happy.

He never gave me a heads up on this review!

Thank you Roger, I am could have given me a little warning. Smiley
6  General Category / Politics and Religion / Re: best political ad ever..... on: October 26, 2018, 10:21:56 PM
You left out "Non Sexual Man Love". Smiley
7  General Category / General Discussion / My Art has gone viral! on: October 25, 2018, 06:42:44 PM
I have been doing this Art for a couple years but never gotten recognition for my genius. That changed today! I'm getting the recognition and respect I deserve, finally!

A girl I don't know saw a piece of my work and posted it on her FB page. It's getting a share every couple minutes! A young black girl we know that we gave a "leaf knife" (search on EBay) to (we give them to all chicks around Leesville, for protection) saw the post that the girl made and wrote, "I know who did that, it's this crazy old white dude named "Ed".  How funny is that? Someone saw the thing and shared it with Donald ......and so it goes!

I am proud to do my part to advance the culture of fine "street art".
As always, you must be logged in to see the images of my craft!
ps....someone just posted that they did this type work back in 2013 and I have stole their idea......liars and haters....haters back off!
8  General Category / Politics and Religion / Re: best political ad ever..... on: October 24, 2018, 07:37:41 AM
Sonic, I was thinking of you and Henry when I posted it Smiley
9  General Category / Politics and Religion / best political ad ever..... on: October 23, 2018, 07:33:30 PM
10  General Category / Politics and Religion / Re: This is one of many reasons I don't live in Charlotte NC on: October 15, 2018, 09:05:08 PM
LOL, I can't even comprehend what "non-people of color" means. Damn she's smart!
11  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: The "T4" lives. on: October 15, 2018, 09:55:48 AM
Thanks D. I agree no one should actually need it in a well matched system. But it's now here in spite of that!

Me too, Henry!
12  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / The "T4" lives. on: October 10, 2018, 03:16:53 PM
Well, while the T2 experiment with the xformers was not a complete fail it was not a complete success either. The xformers did supply the gain but the sound was not as transparent as with out them.

That's all over now. The new ones are "Super Permalloy" and a different winding. All I can say is gain is no longer an issue and they are as transparent as w/o them in circuit. Keep in mind they are not just "stuck in front of the selector" Smiley.

Just like everything, else my approach to all this not exactly "what you might think".

The bad is...they add almost $1500 to the cost! They are very expensive but there is more to the cost than just them... a lot more. The T4 has 3 power supplies.

Now, if Max ( Irv) will just tell me where he got the xformers we'll be in business Smiley.

We'll see what Arthur has to say since I built this for him and Max supplied the xformers.  I already know the answer. Now, I just need to figure out how to get Max to "gift" me a set of the xformers! Smiley

There's sure to be more later. For now the use of xformers (like these at least) for getting gain has been better than anything else I have a long shot. No one will send a T4 back.
***EDIT***  It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway..........every unit I have ever made can be "upgraded" to any level. If one does not need  gain the T4 is not needed! It simply allows The Truth to be used when the source output is low, whether it a phono pre amp or line level source. The object was to have the transparency of the standard circuit but with gain for those that need it due to low source output. I think I succeeded, I'm anxious to hear what Arthur thinks. There will be a review/report......for better or worse, it will be The truth! Smiley
13  General Category / General Discussion / We just buried Esparta.......... on: September 17, 2018, 09:12:33 PM
Y'all know we think of you guys as family so we share the good and bad. We lost a dear member of ours today/tonight. Helen is very upset. Esparta was one of the last Turkish Van cats. Tweetie is our last. She is very old too.

Esparta had gotten a bladder infection and was leaking and so confined to bathroom. I was to pick up a very powerful antibiotic shot for him tomorrow (today now). He had this before. I checked on him in the afternoon and he seemed fine. Neither of us checked on him again until about 11:30 tonight  and he was gone. It's about 12:00 when I started writing this. Helen is very upset she did not go see him when she got home from work. I can do nothing to ease that pain. I wish I'd have checked on him again too. I can't fix that either and no matter, he was going to die. Even though I can work this out it still hurts like HELL to lose our buddy.

Esparta was a Turkish Van and he won many awards in cat shows. He was a bad ass. We are not sure of his exact age but I have a plaque from a cat show in 1995 he won. He probably was a few years old then. He was a very loving cat and we loved him dearly. He loved anyone who would allow him on their lap.


14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Haters Back Off ! LOL..... on: September 16, 2018, 02:25:42 PM
After further thought..........what do I have to lose by putting the mess on my forum? He made blatant lies about me and they are easily disproved. Plus he's a miserable ass.

So, how about this.....if anyone cares to see some ugliness by a miserable guy directed at me and me teaching him a lesson. Make a post........"yes".

Hell, I'm gonna do it anyway sooner or later but I'd not mind being encouraged. Smiley
15  General Category / General Discussion / Haters Back Off ! LOL..... on: September 15, 2018, 11:00:08 PM
Man, we watched "Miranda Sings" "Haters Back Off" (NetFlix) was the most efficient a brain suck as one could imagine. I LOVED it. Helen HATED it (for the first 6 episodes) but soldiered the time we got to the last episodes she was on board. I caught her smiling and a laugh or two. The ending was good and worth all the suffering one endures watching her. It's agonizing in many ways but just hang in there, if you watch 1/2 an episode and no more you'll have wasted time and not see the end, which actually is worth the suffering. Helen liked it after it was done.

That brings me to this funny shit and why I wrote the subject! I did not intend on recommending "Haters Back Off" but was going to use the title to describe some funny shit and realized some of you might like to see a real brain suck that ends well.

Ok, so this bozo on another forum for some reason decided to spread  a few lies about me. No big deal, dealt with, easily disproved and it comes with the territory. For the record, I've never been to a DecFest and I never told anyone there (obviously, or anywhere else) that Helen was a lawyer! She's a little pissed at that since we all know she's a neurosurgeon and Rock Star and part time Astronaut! I also found out I contribute nothing to building The Horns and survive off of Dad and Helen being a lawyer! Oh, and I stole the design off the internet. I always assumed EVERYONE knew I used the Buschorn FOLDING METHOD but it was not a direct copy of a design using a 3 inch driver.

So here is the funny part, well at least to me, the other stuff is just lies and stupid but this is great, here is his attempt to denigrate me, I LOVE it!..........I contribute nothing (he said) because I spend my time "smoking, drinking, shooting or running the backwoods/swamps".

LOL! HELL YEA! Smoking? Could be at Hornfest, I smoked a cigar once and puked for 3 hours, not sure if he's insinuating anything but he's never seen me smoke a cigar or anything else, a guess, I guess.....drinking, well, duh, is that "bad"?......shooting? Well, I have a range in my yard and have 3 legal silencers to swap back and forth on my AR's, so HELL YEA.....Running the backwoods/swamps.....what a dumb ass, why does he think I have 2 Gas Gas full on race Enduro bikes?

What kind of idiot thinks that stuff makes a fellow (well, a MAN)  look bad? It's what I do while Dad is chained to the  floor in the shop, my minions are building The Truth and Helen is performing brain surgery while arguing a case in Federal Court. She also runs the backwoods on her race bike. It weighs 230 pounds and makes ~60HP. I lowered it for her. Must be logged in to see image.

So, just thought I'd let y'all all know "I didn't build that" someone else did. And check out Miranda Sings if you want a real diversion from reality and all that is normal. Trust me, if you make it 10 both seasons. You'll not hate me for it! Smiley

So, this
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