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    Join Date: Oct 2012

    Location: The Black Country

    Posts: 5,620
    I'm Alan.

    Default Cessation of trade account.

    Hi all, as can be seen I have not posted in this thread for over a year.

    Due to changing circumstances I am reducing my workbench time so will be not taking on any forum work.
    I am still here to offer technical advice as that is part of the ethos of the forum and myself.
    Firebottle - for the no bottleneck approach.

    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

  2. #2
    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Yorkshire

    Posts: 8,447
    I'm AnDreW.


    Bugger! You'll be sadly missed!

    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU+Dorado DECK 1210 Mat Crystal Audio Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony armboard Feet Isonoe/Ebony PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/3 Stage Regs/Recap PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black FGS CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10


    Croft Epoch(Modified) AMP Sondex S100 (Modified) SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECKS Garrard301/401 (Bastin) Mat Teunto Bearings 301/401(Bastin) Plinth Moldovan/Bastin Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) SME V 12 PSU Eagle+Tachometer MC Ag Meister v2 / Royall N SPU's CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker 10mm Cu + WBT-0681 Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise(4 Box Modded) / EAR 834 Clone (modded)


    PRE Radford SC25 (Mullard ECC83/82) POWER RADFORD STA25 Renaissance (Electroharmonix EL34) SPEAKERS Celestion Ditton 15 (Duelund Rewired/Jantzen+Duelund Recapped) CABLES Speaker - Duelund AWG 12IC - Belden 8402+Switchcraft RCA

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    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Melbourne

    Posts: 402
    I'm Karl.


    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Hi all, as can be seen I have not posted in this thread for over a year.

    Due to changing circumstances I am reducing my workbench time so will be not taking on any forum work.
    I am still here to offer technical advice as that is part of the ethos of the forum and myself.
    That a real shame alan . You were/are a knight in shining armour for a lot of people on here when shit hit the fan with their systems .

    Who will we turn to now when we need a favour?

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    CTC Classic 301 , SPH bearing and Hanze Hifi HAT CPS-2 all analogue power supply / Tenuto Mk2 mat / custom Panzerholz and Kewasinga articulating plinth / Track audio isolation feet / Reed tonearm / Audio Technica ART 9 / 2 box BigBottle mk3 phonostage with Clarity cap CMR and NOS Telefunkens valves / Croft 25R preamp with upgraded 12BH7A line stage and NOS 1956 RCA valves / Croft 7R monoblocks with NOS 56 RCA valves/ Dynaudio Contour 30i speakers / Spotfire interconnects and speaker cables / Merlin Scorpion mains block / Rhodium mains cables / Marantz CD DAC /

  4. #4
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.


    going into full retirement Alan? .. hope you enjoy it .. top bloke
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    It was the weakest practical joke since Cardinal Wolsey got his nob out at Hampton Court and stood at the end of the passage pretending to be a door!

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

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    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.


    I'm sure that Alan will still be around to do the odd job and help folks out of a tight spot - and for that he has my full blessing, as helping each other out in that way is a fundamental part of the AoS community

    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from a TCD-420.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


  6. #6
    Join Date: Oct 2008

    Location: Glasgowshire

    Posts: 8,573
    I'm Gary.



    Difficult times Fella,
    The grounds shifting for sure, but talent is talent.

    Firebottle v 2.0?
    (Even if that involves more flying and less building!)
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  7. #7
    Join Date: Oct 2012

    Location: The Black Country

    Posts: 5,620
    I'm Alan.


    More flying for sure, more travelling for sure, creating more memories..

    Life changes and one has to adapt to those changes, unwelcome as they are. I am still here on the forum.

  8. #8
    Join Date: Jun 2014

    Location: Chorley Lancs

    Posts: 7,748
    I'm Steve.


    Best wishes Alan, hope this won't make you a stranger at shows/bake offs. I owe you a pint!
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Marantz CD6006 (UK Edition); Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Audion Silver Night 300b stereo
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
    Echo Dot, BOW Wazoo XL, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

    LG 55" OLED, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

  9. #9
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 2,801
    I'm Phil.


    yes best wishes , your skills and work has bought pleasure to many .
    When words are many , sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise . prov 10

  10. #10
    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Toulouse, France

    Posts: 5,403
    I'm Kevin.


    Well, I am pleased with my Firebottle Kin, and look forward to my BB3 build in the new year.
    I can only thank you for creating some fine sounding equipment, and wish you a happy retirement.

    If you ever pass this way, and need a place for a stop over, give me a shout.

    Too busy enjoying the music....

    European loan coordinator for Graham Slee HiFi system components..

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