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  1. #1
    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: High in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the NC/TN/VA borders intersect

    Posts: 6
    I'm Timothy.

    Default Hello From the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

    Background:

    We live at an elevation of about 3,500 feet where the borders of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia kind of intersect. Our county has about 22,000 people living here and the biggest town is about 1,300 people. But for some strange reason we have a 24 hour Walmart.

    However, civilization, as defined by access to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods Markets, Costco, Sam's Club, Barnes & Noble, Best But, etc. is but a 90 minute drive away.

    My wife and are retired. She's a former educator, while my life was somewhat different. I began working as a Field Operator for the NSA, DIA, MACV-SOG (you should google MACV-SOG), and the NCIS. I travelled to many different places and did some interesting things for 4 years. I then went back to school and got an MBA and I worked for various Fortune 500 companies in Product Management, Marketing, and Advertising.

    I then had an epiphany and realized I wasn't really doing anything useful in corporate America.

    So I went back to school and became certified to teach almost any subject, but I particularly enjoyed working as a Special Ed teacher working with high school students with severe disabilities. I did this until I had to leave the classroom when I was diagnosed with a particularly virulent and aggressive Stage IV cancer. The docs tell me less than 300 cases are reported annually, worldwide. And I was given a 20% chance of survival.


    That was two years ago and I'm currently cancer-free. I was OK with the 20% odds: When I was younger (and much more stupid ) I would often volunteer for Special Ops assignments with low probabilities of success and I always came back, I never lost a man from my team, and I never got shot.

    As I told my lovely wife of 44 years, I was OK with 20% odds as I had faced unfavourable odds in the past in my Special Ops days and I always came back.


    My first audio system was a Sansui 5000A, a Dual 1219 with a Shure V-15 II, and AR 3a speakers, all purchased from the PX's I had access to while travelling. The AR's sounded better than anything else I listened to.

    As a side note, the first concert I ever attended was Jimi's Hendrix's last performance in the United States. He performed in the Honolulu Civic Center on the night of August 1st, 1970. This was the first rock concert I ever went to. What a way to start!

    I bought a "hold back" ticket on the day of the show and was seated at the center of the first row. I can actually see the back of my head in the photo at https://piglets1975.blogspot.com/201...07350982854001

    I was spoiled for life: No subsequent concert (many different artists) ever measured up to Jimi's performance on the night of August 1st, 1970. It was a magical evening.

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    I have since become an avid collector of used vinyl and FM Tuners (I am one of the moderators for Yahoo's FM Tuner Group at www.fmtunerinfo.com). I currently have over 25,000 records in my basement and about 20+ FM tuners. Even though we live in a TV "dead zone" (no over-the-air TV signals can be received in our area), we can pick up very listenable college and Public Radio FM signals from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

    My System:

    Click on https://cgi.audioasylum.com/systems/6137.html for my system and my listening preferences. I am particularly fond of Celtic music, and most of the people living in our area are of Scotch/Irish decent and there is an incredible Bluegrass presence in our area. Several years before Doc Watson's death, my wife and I visited a charity fund raiser he was playing at. It was a very small venue (less than 200 people) and it was all acoustic (no mics or amps). I had a Canon digital camera with built in stereo mics and I was able to capture most of his performance.

    I spend my days listening to music and cleaning LP's. And I am very content.
    The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

    Posts: 37,644
    I'm Grant.

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    Welcome Timothy. Nice intro, and hope you enjoy yourself. Hopefully you have a better than 20% chance of staying here So your in Fort Bragg country then... Guess with your background you maybe were there once..
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 29,325
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Timothy. Welcome to AOS.

    Good intro. You have an interesting background.

    I spotted the mention of Coral loudspeakers. That company made some great stuff.

    If you have further plans for your Hi-Fi, we'd like to hear about them. We're always interested in what members may have in mind.

    Feel free to join in the chat. There's plenty to get involved with.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 16,595
    I'm Neil.

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    Welcome Timothy to AoS

    Interesting introduction hardly does justice to what you were up to, back in the day.

    I too collect FM tuners and have probably as many as you, and I am a member of your Yahoo group but haven't posted anything as you guys know much more than I do.

    Look forward to your contributions on the forum. And hope and pray the cancer stays away.
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    Regards Neil

    System 1: AMG Giro turntable, AMG 9W2 tonearm, Air Tight PC3 cartridge, Passlabs Xono phonostage, AMG Reference armcable. Accuphase DP57 CD player, Marantz SA7 SACD player, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Veracity Mystra DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi i power + JKenny JKSPIDIF, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug, for computer audio, Audio Valve RKV2 headphone amp, headphones Grado GS 1000, Balanced Audio Technology VK300se integrated amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers. Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, Atlas Mavros, Speaker - QED Genesis Silver Spiral. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mark Grant distribution blocks, Equipment tables Target Audio B series.

    System 2: Loricraft Garrard 401 turntable + SME 5 tonearm + VDH MC10 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 tonearm + VDH Frog Gold cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU, SME Model 20 turntable + Graham Phantom tonearm + Ortofon MC5200 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Balanced Audio Technology VK10se phonostage, Moon Andromeda CD player, Esoteric P5 SACD transport and P 5 DAC, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio player, AMR DP777 DAC + HP laptop + iFi i power + Wireworld Starlight USB - for computer audio, Kenwood 8300 tuner, Revox B760 tuner, Magnum Dynalab signal sleuth, Leak Troughline tuner + EAR Stereo decoder, Revox B77 mk 2 & Revox A77 mk3 reel to reel recorders, Balanced Audio Technology VK52se pre-amplifier, Music Reference RM200 mk1 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers. Cabling: Signal/Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

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    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Dagenham Essex

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    I'm I'mteachingmarcotheartofpishanto.

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    I currently have over 25,000 records in my basement

    Welcome and much respect with the record collection

    Please stay and join in with the forum
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: High in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the NC/TN/VA borders intersect

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    I'm Timothy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Welcome Timothy. Nice intro, and hope you enjoy yourself. Hopefully you have a better than 20% chance of staying here So your in Fort Bragg country then... Guess with your background you maybe were there once..
    Hi Grant,

    Fort Bragg is about 4 hours from my home. Actually, DEVGRU did not exist when I served, so I've only been to Bragg to visit my cousin, General Henry Hugh Shelton, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff from 1997 - 2001. In the family he was known as "Little Hugh" as he was 2" shorter than his father (I doubt anyone in the military ever called him "Little Hugh" and lived to talk about it). Service in the military runs in our family: Both my parents served in WWII (my mother was actually a Navy Pilot - She had a pilot's license before she had a driver's license, but that's another story).

    Regards,

    Tim
    The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Derbyshire

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    I'm Josie.

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    Welcome to AOS, Timothy.

    What a great introduction. Thanks for taking the time with that.

    So you have seen Jim play... man, you are uber cool. Although I'm too young to have seen him I'm interested in anyone who has as he's (along side the beatles, and stones, the doors, Neil Young, the Floyd and Jefferson airplane) simply magical.

    Glad your with us. 😁

    Jo

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyl Rules View Post
    Hi Grant,

    Fort Bragg is about 4 hours from my home. Actually, DEVGRU did not exist when I served, so I've only been to Bragg to visit my cousin, General Henry Hugh Shelton, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff from 1997 - 2001. In the family he was known as "Little Hugh" as he was 2" shorter than his father (I doubt anyone in the military ever called him "Little Hugh" and lived to talk about it). Service in the military runs in our family: Both my parents served in WWII (my mother was actually a Navy Pilot - She had a pilot's license before she had a driver's license, but that's another story).

    Regards,

    Tim
    Cool, always nice to have something running in the family. I like to see folk follow in footsteps. My Dad was in RAF during ww2.And he was not conscripted, he signed up. The things you do when young eh
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP - AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTH - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER23, SPOTIFY PREMIUM - ECHO DOT - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - MAINS REGENERATED AND FILTERED.

  9. #9
    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: High in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the NC/TN/VA borders intersect

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    I'm Timothy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Cool, always nice to have something running in the family. I like to see folk follow in footsteps. My Dad was in RAF during ww2.And he was not conscripted, he signed up. The things you do when young eh
    I have a huge amount of respect for the RAF!

    IMO his service helped win the Battle of Britain and kept the Nazi's from invading. All of the RAF were true heros. And he's right about the things you do when you were young: I believed in our mission and I truly thought I was invincible. Aah, the follies of youth. Today I find it difficult to process some of the things we did, and I can't even share this with my lovely wife.

    My wife's dad was the maintenance officer in charge of keeping P-38 fighter planes flying in the Pacific Theatre. He was personally tasked with prepping the P-38's involved in the Admiral Yamamoto shoot-down on April 18th, 1943. He had to install special equipment for the mission, and his wife (who had not yet met) actually assembled and calibrated some of the equipment (back in the States) he installed in the P-38's. What a small world. Even stranger, the April 18th date of Yamamoto's shoot-down is my wife's birthday. How strange is that?
    The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
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