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Old 08-03-2003, 09:05 PM
R. Totale
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One of the best areas in commerce for snake oil is the "high end"
audio world. There be people who sell $1000 hunks of wire, and happy
customers for them. Go figure. Anyway, this stuff looks handy, but
I'm guessing it's something I could probably get for a buck if I knew
where to look. Anyone want to make a guess?

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Old 08-04-2003, 12:40 AM
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R. Totale <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote:



In the days before good solid state stuff was available (the first solid
state stuff with capacitive connection to sourse and outputs was awful)
a lot of the materials used were inherently expensive (e.g., low efficiency
speakers, expensive output transformers, non-gassy 6L6 output tubes, inductively
tune FM tuners (less drift compared to capacitively tuned ones, etc.). I
suspect one does get something approximating "you get what you pay for" in
modern day stereo equipment. Until, with age, my hearing diminished I could
always expect to find some value in rigs going for at least a few hundred dollars
per unit component.
FK

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Old 08-05-2003, 06:25 PM
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[Only registered users see links. ] (R. Totale) wrote in message news:<c32db03d.0308031305.2f0e2afb@posting.google. com>...
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I was doing well, perhaps too well, with purchases
from the local Salvation Army/Goodwill stores...
automobile stereo/tape-deck units for $5 or less.
The trick was, being able to build a voltage
supply to drive the thing...regular speakers
did just fine...according to the complaints I
got from the neighbors :-) More "highway
music", anyone?


Mark (Route 66, and then some :-)
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Old 08-06-2003, 04:31 PM
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Richard J Kinch <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message news:<Xns93CDF061618Esomeconundrum@206.127.4.11>.. .

Hmm, you may be on to something there. SP is a polymer (as is claimed
for this stuff), and does pick up dust, cat hair, etc. Haven't played
with any in a while, but I remember SP as being kind of greasy in
feel, and I wonder if it might leave some residue on the stylus. Is
there another commercially available polymer with similar properties?
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