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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:39 pm

:lol: Kind of. He basically ended up with anything that was exclusively his, and very little else in the way of contents. But he's discovered the joy of Freecycle, and is building up an interesting mix of furniture...

Should be into a new house soon, he's bought somewhere not too far from us. Then we'll have some space back!
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Post by electrokid » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:44 pm

The posts themselves have only been in for about 11 months, there's no sense in rushing the job is there?
That does look like a job well done Mat :-)

A couple of weeks ago I finally finished the workshop extension so now I've moved on to 'continue' the build of the AV rack - basically a very large piece of 'furniture' to house all my audio and video gear - I started that a couple of years ago when I moved house :shock: might get it to a state ready for wiring up over Christmas - yeah - actually this Christmas :lol: as you say - no sense in rushing :-)
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Post by rayfenwick » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:08 pm

Not wishing to threadjack, but I'd be very interested to know what's going into that rack Brian. Audio is another one of my vices... :S
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1979 Citroën CX 2.4 EI Cmatic Prestige (slowly being restored)

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Post by MULLEY » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:15 pm

Yes, is it high fidelity or low-fi 8)
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:45 pm

rayfenwick wrote:Not wishing to threadjack
If it makes you feel any better, I'd be interested too...
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Post by electrokid » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:25 pm

Ooo - that's asking ! A bit of flexibility of course - to give an idea of scale it's nearly 2m high, 600mm deep and just over 3m wide all constructed in 18mm Contiboard (Maple) all supported on 2 pieces of 35mm (? the thick stuff anyway) kitchen worktop laminated together with epoxy. One central unit with record storage below, 3 x 19" rack units in the middle and 3 shelf 'boxes' on top. A 'shelf' unit either side.

What's going on it... phew where to start - several TVs all Philips 16" portables (mid 1980s, excellent picture, incredibly reliable) plus a couple of tiny Maxim monitors - oh and a Sanyo 14" univerasal - any voltage / any analogue standard. Several VCRs incl 'cheepie' VHS and poss a couple of Panasonic NV-FS88 SVHS and some Sony VO-7630 U-matics and some freeview receivers for when the switch analogue off.

TVs will be used for off-air / videotape / DVD and eventually also wildlife cameras, security and experimental area monitoring (outside in a separate building).

Big bunch of VDAs and ADAs mainly Leitch 19". One output from each drive will feed a modulator for an internal aerial feeder for TVs remote from the rack.

Though not actually on the rack - video cameras - some reasonable ones (600+ TVL) but mostly cheepies, some decent lenses but again mostly commercial stuff.

There's space for up to 3 record decks - 'main' deck is a DRS (Japanese direct drive) with an SME 3009 Mk2 fitted with a JVC MD-10X cartridge (that's a quadrophonic so the response is flat from 15Hz to 60KHz). Variety of other decks - nothing special - available to suit other cartridges such as the Deram (which surprisingly works very well with the fairly heavy armed Garrard 1000 deck) and the Sonotone 9TA-HC which needs a very light arm such as on the Garrard 3000. I also have an old Collaro 'studio' cartridge... hmmm we shall see :-) Different decks for different purposes - I'm not going to play singles and 78s on the JVC cartridge.

I'll probably build new disc preamps using some ideas from Morgan Jones (used to work for the same company he did for a while - not all of his ideas are in his books) though I have been using a Crown tape preamp modified to RIAA.

Amps I'm not sure about - been using a 'Mainline 70' which is good (0.001% harmonic distortion) but I might go for class A amps this time. Speakers are again ready for a re-hash - I've got several Stentorian HF1012 drivers but they're not powerful (10Wmax per) and there may be better options. Tweeters - again might change - Ive been using ceramics with a Dmax of 1% but I may get better results from electrostatics - combined with class A amps that might just be cleaner.

1/3 octave graphic equaliser by Behringer.

Reel-to-reel - A crown 800 4 channel 1/4" and I'm sure one of the Truvox machines will find it's way up there too. I have a Crown 700 (deck only) so that might get some electronics fitted or get converted to half inch.

There will also be a computer or 2 and an old A3 laser printer - one of the rack functions is to control some electrostatic / magnetic experiments which will be housed outside because some of the experiments may go pop :-)

I'm sure I've missed something out :lol: :lol:
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:42 pm

You lost me at "TVs" :wink: :lol:

Sounds impressive though! You'll have to take some pictures, there's nothing like looking at other people's projects to spur me on with my own.

News this end is that Lana has bought a horse.

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Picking it up next weekend, should be a busy Christmas! It's something she's been saving for years to get, she is very happy about it - understandably.

Other good news is the Discovery has just flown through the MOT - that's 3 straight passes this year! Less good is that fact I suspect a head gasket has failed - I can hear bubbling in the heater matrix and the hoses are pretty hard. Oh well, an opportunity to check for any bore wear and maybe a freshen up of the heads. And I needed to change the valley gasket anyway, tying to look on the bright side of things!
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Post by philhod » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:57 pm

The Daughter over in Sweden has sold all hers now. :D (No mucking out this christmas then) :lol:

They were Shetland ponies anyway. Only small and sturdy but they produced just as much shit. :roll:

They got a cracking price for the stallion, he was ranked number 3 in Sweden apparently. (stud)
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Post by rayfenwick » Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:49 pm

One heck of a list there Brian. Looking forward to photos :)
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1979 Citroën CX 2.4 EI Cmatic Prestige (slowly being restored)

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Post by electrokid » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:12 pm

Yes there's quite a lot there - about 40 years of collecting. What I'm planning, since there's some interest, is collecting some photos etc and moving it to a subject in 'anything else'. Should be fun :-)
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Post by rayfenwick » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:22 pm

Yes, and less likely to get us in trouble :)
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2000 Citroën XM 3.0 24V V6 Exclusive Auto (pre-MOT)
1997 Citroën XM 2.0 TCT Exclusive Auto (for sale)
1979 Citroën CX 2.4 EI Cmatic Prestige (slowly being restored)

1992 Alfa Romeo 164 Lusso 3.0 v6 12v Manual (on the to-do list)

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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:34 am

Back to me ( :wink: ), the West side of the country has finally seen some proper snow, I was very excited when I woke up this morning!

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Last two photos are with the suspension on intermediate...
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Post by rayfenwick » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:22 am

Looks gorgeous. Much nicer than the frozen stuff it turned into here that transformed the little roads here from concrete to iced-cobbles for a 10 days.. :(
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2000 Citroën XM 3.0 24V V6 Exclusive Auto (pre-MOT)
1997 Citroën XM 2.0 TCT Exclusive Auto (for sale)
1979 Citroën CX 2.4 EI Cmatic Prestige (slowly being restored)

1992 Alfa Romeo 164 Lusso 3.0 v6 12v Manual (on the to-do list)

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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:41 am

It looks like your stuck!
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:56 am

Nope, drove out of that forwards! Wouldn't have ventured out (or been able to!) without chains though.
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1993 1.9 TZD Turbo Estate
2006 Renault Kangoo
1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
2004 MINI Cooper (hers)