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    Join Date: Jan 2021

    Location: West of Scotland

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    I'm Martin.

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    Hi folks
    New kid (who am I kidding) on the block, I seem to have found a hifi forum that appears to be inhabited by normal people, which I hope will be enjoyable. I'll put together some words and pics about me, my system, and musical tastes and post later.
    Martin

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    Join Date: Oct 2008

    Location: Glasgowshire

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    I'm Gary.

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    Hi Martin,

    Lots of us Scottish types live on here, get stuck it its a good place to be.
    Enjoy.
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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Hello Martin. Welcome to AOS.

    Get chatting with the members, they're all friendly.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    The word is 'valves' in this country, not tubes. Tubes are what Smarties come in!

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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    I'm Robin.

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    Welcome to the forum Martin
    Regards
    Robin

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    yes, welcome to aos martin.. enjoy the forum...
    Regards,
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    Join Date: Jun 2015

    Location: Powys, Wales

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    I'm Sandy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Hi Martin,

    Lots of us Scottish types live on here, get stuck it its a good place to be.
    Enjoy.
    It's "no bad". (Translation for non-Scots: Rather fine)

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinS View Post
    Hi folks
    New kid (who am I kidding) on the block, I seem to have found a hifi forum that appears to be inhabited by normal people, which I hope will be enjoyable. I'll put together some words and pics about me, my system, and musical tastes and post later.
    Martin
    Welcome to AoS Martin,

    To quote The Bonzo Dog Band: "We are normal and we want our freedom".

    Looking forward to reading about your system and of your tastes in music.

    Enjoy the Forum
    Barry
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    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Welcome to AoS Martin,

    To quote The Bonzo Dog Band: "We are normal and we want our freedom".

    Looking forward to reading about your system and of your tastes in music.

    Enjoy the Forum
    Barry
    Speak for yourself!
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    Join Date: Jan 2021

    Location: West of Scotland

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    I'm Martin.

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    Thanks for the welcome, some info.

    I have two systems, one in my workshop is old and consists of Quad 34/FM4/405-II driving a pair of Rogers LS3/5As. The speakers I bought in I think 1976 they really don't owe me anything, they have been used and probably abused and still sound wonderful. Considering they were designed nearly sixty years ago for a very specific application which wasn't music balancing they are remarkably good although I wouldn't buy them new today, over priced for one thing. The electronics are getting on for 30 years old, I had them sorted by Fidele audio a couple of years back and again they owe me nothing. I am kind of wedded to Quad electronics as was my father and even the IAG version of that company produces good quality equipment, which brings me to my main system,
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    If you don't recognise what's there, top right is a Cambridge CXNv2 into, top left Quad Artera pre into, underneath Icon Audio MB90 monoblocks running in Triode mode. On top of the Quad is an Icon Audio HP8 SET headphone amp feeding Audio Technica MTH40s. I need to do something about the furniture but I am somewhat dismayed by the asking prices for glorified tables with IMHO dubious claims to improve sound quality. Anyway that lot feeds a pair of these,
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    PMC LB1, which I first heard at a trade show 30 odd years ago and fell in love with. I could never afford them and eventually PMC stopped making them as the bass drivers became unobtainable. I was lucky to find these on Ebay and snatched them from the other 36 watchers who were too mean to pay the asking price. They have the sweet mid range of the LS3/5 but with decent top and bottom response.

    Two weeks ago the power amp was the Quad Artera which I really like, but I had a hankering to try a big valve set up and by chance on my birthday the mono blocks, three years old, appeared on Fanthorpes website at more or less half price, so I had them, and since they had another nearby customer they delivered them to my front door step. Pretty good service I feel, especially at the moment.

    Musically I like pretty much anything but since I am now 67 my first unaccompanied musical exposure was Radio Caroline South where Johnnie Walker introduced me to soul music which I would admit to being my first love.

    Finally a personal bit, I spent 20 years in the professional audio industry, half of it with BBC Engineering and the other with a small company building radio stations in the UK and the Far East which was great fun if not particularly financially rewarding, I would do that bit of my life again in an instant mostly. Three years ago my wife organised a trip to the States for us and in one day I stood in the studio and control room at Sun Studios and the reconstruction of Stax records, both in Memphis and on that day it became clear that Hifi is just the means to the end, the music is far more important. Doesn't seem to have prevented me spending lots of money though chasing the unobtainable.

    Best wishes to you all
    Martin

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    Join Date: Jun 2015

    Location: Powys, Wales

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    I'm Sandy.

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    Wondering if your Quad kit came from James Kerr's formerly in Woodlands Road?

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