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    Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Hi all,
    I've been a "lurker" here since Dec '18. Recent PM's with MrPeabody have prompted me to at least introduce myself.
    I am a retired Generation Technician/Heavy Equipment mechanic/Millwright.
    I had the title of Heavy Equipment mechanic at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where I "worked" for 27 years. Though I worked on 'dozers, loaders, and cranes (Manitowoc 4600 S4 500 ton "ringer", biggest machine I ever worked on), I was also heavily involved with Predictive Maintenance/Vibration Analysis (cert. lvl 2). Was responsible for bearing failure analysis, modal analysis, dynamic balancing, precision shaft alignment, etc. Primarily applied to rotating equipment, pumps, industrial air handling equipment, etc.
    I chose to leave LLNL, and became a Generation Technician at a local utility. This involved operation and maintenance of two 50MW gas turbines.
    My interest in audio, started in my teens, and was responsible for opening the door to vibration analysis, as well as electrical theory , and application. Frequency, phase, and amplitude were all familiar terms and concepts.
    My system; (currently&#128580
    Tyler Acoustics H3 speakers (which I modified the x-overs)
    Bi-amped with either a McCormack DNA 125, or CJ 2500a handling the mid/tweeters. Also have a custom p-p KT-88 amp, but it can't handle their 2.8 ohm impedance dip.
    The Tylers are supplemented by 2 DIY bass "cubes" (with 2x Peerless 830500 12" woofers) driven by an old Rotel RB-991
    Sources are a Sony x7esd (as transport) to a Monarchy M24 DAC (PCM63 w/tubed out)
    Also (very occasionally) an AR EB-101 tt, Denon 301 mkII, Budgie pre & SUT

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
    Joe

    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (X2 - one as backup), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Welcome!


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    Source Analog: Kuzma Stabi R with 4point 9 arm & Kuzma 40 Cartridge
    Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
    Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
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    Power: Nordost QRT series | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 amp breakers within a grounded sub panel to Furutech GTX D NSF packages | Keces P3 & P8 | Surge Guard at Main Panel | ADD POWR series
    Other: HRS M3X | Stillpoints Ultra 6, SS & Mini | Nordost Sort Cones TC & BC | AQ Vox SE switch | etherREGEN | Gigafoil v4 | Vicoustics | Audio Desk Systeme - Gläss








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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Hey Rikkitik, good to have you with us.
    Aurender ACS10 w/AQ Diamond,
    Mark Levinson #526 & 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Quote Originally Posted by rikkitik View Post
    Hi all,
    I've been a "lurker" here since Dec '18. Recent PM's with MrPeabody have prompted me to at least introduce myself.
    I am a retired Generation Technician/Heavy Equipment mechanic/Millwright.
    I had the title of Heavy Equipment mechanic at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where I "worked" for 27 years. Though I worked on 'dozers, loaders, and cranes (Manitowoc 4600 S4 500 ton "ringer", biggest machine I ever worked on), I was also heavily involved with Predictive Maintenance/Vibration Analysis (cert. lvl 2). Was responsible for bearing failure analysis, modal analysis, dynamic balancing, precision shaft alignment, etc. Primarily applied to rotating equipment, pumps, industrial air handling equipment, etc.
    I chose to leave LLNL, and became a Generation Technician at a local utility. This involved operation and maintenance of two 50MW gas turbines.
    My interest in audio, started in my teens, and was responsible for opening the door to vibration analysis, as well as electrical theory , and application. Frequency, phase, and amplitude were all familiar terms and concepts.
    My system; (currently&#128580
    Tyler Acoustics H3 speakers (which I modified the x-overs)
    Bi-amped with either a McCormack DNA 125, or CJ 2500a handling the mid/tweeters. Also have a custom p-p KT-88 amp, but it can't handle their 2.8 ohm impedance dip.
    The Tylers are supplemented by 2 DIY bass "cubes" (with 2x Peerless 830500 12" woofers) driven by an old Rotel RB-991
    Sources are a Sony x7esd (as transport) to a Monarchy M24 DAC (PCM63 w/tubed out)
    Also (very occasionally) an AR EB-101 tt, Denon 301 mkII, Budgie pre & SUT
    HI Rikitik,
    I am fairly close by you in Castro Valley.

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Thanks guys,
    Hey Puma, not far at all. I grew up in Livermore. "Back in the day", I used to see a girl that lived in Palomares Canyon.

    Edit to my equipment list,
    Preamp - Don Sachs DS2 , with all the latest updates

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Welcome!
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

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    Re: Howdy from the Central Valley, California

    Welcome aboard, enjoy your stay.
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    Brian

    Main System -
    Rotel 1072 CDP / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > JM Labs Tantal 509s > Tara Labs Cables