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1  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: "Hornfest 2019" on: May 06, 2019, 07:02:49 AM

Howdy everyone,

I rolled into my driveway at 9:00 PM last night after two very fine days at HornFest 2019 …..  Cool

It was so good to see some of the regular attendees ….. but a few were MIA …..   Sad

The "Southern Hospitality" was excellent as usual and Helen was charming as always, putting up with this crazy bunch …..  Grin

Happily, John brought his latest 45 SET amplifier and it did not disappoint ….. SUPERB !!!

The rocket launch (in the rain) was the best ever ….. straight up and nearly out of visual contact.

Thanks again for a great get together,

2  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: "Hornfest 2019" on: May 02, 2019, 07:51:41 AM

Hi John (2wo),

Is there any chance that you still own that excellent 45 amplifier that I heard a few years ago ?
If so, please bring it with you to the Fest.

Best wishes,
3  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: "Hornfest 2019" on: April 29, 2019, 06:38:45 AM

Greetings all,

If everything goes as planned, I will be there on Friday and Saturday …..  Smiley

Looking forward to seeing some old friends (and maybe a few that I haven't met yet) …..  Cool


4  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: HornFest 2017 on: May 07, 2017, 06:12:34 PM
Greetings everyone,

I made it back home last night and crashed for a couple hours ..... currently back among the living.
Those 10 hour nonstop road trips are not quite as easy as they were 30 years ago .....  Wink

Thanks to the Schilling family for the traditional SC hospitality.
Helen makes some killer banana pudding .....  Smiley

It was good to see some old friends again and make a few new ones ..... but I sure missed Henry .....  Cry

The "pink room" sure has changed over the years ..... it's not even pink anymore .....  Grin
Friday was a little bit light as to attendees but Saturday was a different story.

Ed had his new Transcendent Sound "Beast" monoblocks set up with half the possible power tubes installed and they were certainly capable of some serious SPLS ..... which put a big smile on Ed's face .....  Cheesy
With the bucket sub in the mix, I'm pretty sure the neighbors in the next county got to hear them as well.

I also had a chance to hear my Betsy baffles powered by a pair of Transcendent Sound Evermore OTL amps.
It was the first time I have heard them with OTL amps and the sound was very impressive.
The very fine gentleman who provided the Evermore amps also had a cool little Chinese amp called the FU32.
It was certainly one of the most interesting looking amplifiers I have ever seen and sounded great.

Best wishes to all,
5  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: HornFest 2017 on: April 11, 2017, 05:41:33 AM
Howdy Ed,

Just to verify before putting it on my calendar .....

May 5, 6, and 7 ?

Looking forward to seeing everyone,

6  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: HornFest 2016 on: May 02, 2016, 07:10:33 AM
I just LOVE audio road trips .....  Grin

The 8 hour drive through the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas was absolutely gorgeous and the weather was perfect.

It was great to see several of my old audio buddies and learning that several of them have made it through difficult situations (health related and other) and were still on this side of the sod ..... I guess that makes us "survivors" .....  Wink

As usual, the southern hospitality of the Schilling family was top shelf and I must admit feeling a little bit old seeing Sid "all grown up" and driving.
I just hope that her mom taught her how to drive and not her dad .....  Roll Eyes

I was very much impressed by the Crown powered "bucket sub" ..... that puppy can move some air .....  Shocked

Happy listening to all,

7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: My Mom Passed away today.......... on: January 29, 2015, 09:08:56 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss .....  Sad

I lost both of my parents over the past few years and miss them more than I can put into words.

In addition, two of my dad's three sisters passed away recently.  I was very close to them as well.

That leaves me with one aunt who is 92 years old and I make it a point to take her out to dinner every Sunday.

Family is special and losing family is as bad as it gets.

Best wishes,

8  General Category / The Great Horned Heil, AKA "Time Vampires" / Re: Southern style barbecued Heil drivers on: July 07, 2013, 02:53:24 PM

edit...... Randy, a more appropriate response would have been "please tell me more about series xovers".

Hell yea, I will "lecture" and I can't see how explaining things is bad. It is not and if what I say is wrong I'd appreciate hearing it. Opinion I'm not too keen on but fact is another story. You posted melted pics., I responded by explaining how it typically happens. Again, the original ESS designs were what I was talking about and the fact DIY guys are in lock step with them and as such will suffer the same "problems".

I had no idea you thought I was such a dumb ass and that I had no idea what I was talking about and only wanted to argue with you. I seriously thought you might like to understand how and why it happens and how to avoid it. Oops.


Again ..... I have no desire to debate crossover theory with you or anyone else, but the above cannot go without a reply.
You will not find me pulling a "Columbo" after this post and continuing to come back with "oh, sir, just one more thing", but I feel that a couple of things need to be addressed for the benefit of those who don't know me well .....

1 - I am trying with great difficulty to find anything in my reply that indicates I think you are " a dumb ass".  I may question your sanity on occasion, but your intelligence has never been questioned by me.  I must admit I was annoyed that you brought up a topic that has been beaten to death on this and other forums when my sole purpose for posting those photos was to show what happens to a Heil diaphragm that has been "mistreated".  That is the term I used.

2 - You suggested that my reply should have been "please tell me more about series xovers".
I might suggest that your reply should have been " Hey, thanks Randy for the pics. If any of the forum readers buys used Heil drivers, you might want to be prepared for something like this".

3 - In your "lecture" you continue to refer to those who "have no fundamental knowledge of xovers and how they actually perform in a system" (meaning those who are using the Heil with a single cap) ..... but I am here to tell you that some of the very best loudspeakers I have ever heard use the Heils exactly this way.  Everyone who has heard these speakers consider them to be excellent. So either there are a lot of deaf music lovers or the Heils do not have to be used as you prefer to use them.  If you think that your way is best, fine ..... and the marketplace will determine if you are right or not (based on the preferences of the buying public).  To demean those with different opinions serves no purpose.

4 - I have no need of a spectrum analyzer to know what my ears tell me.  My point of reference is unamplified acoustic instruments and human voice.  An audio system either sounds like my reference (to some degree) or it does not.  I have heard several different types of loudspeakers that can accomplish this to a degree sufficient for me to enjoy music. Your Horns are one of them. Two years ago, several of those attending the Horn Fest got to compare my "original" Horns to the Horned Heils that were there. Several of us preferred the "original" Horns and heard some serious problems with the Heil version.  You later stated that the crossovers in the speakers we heard were not optimal and have been changed (for the better) since then.  Fine ..... but, that proves that several of us did not have to have a spectrum analyzer to know what we were hearing and that something "wasn't right".

5 - There are probably a good number of readers of this forum who do not go back as far as the original Decware forum and the Audio Assylum stuff to know that I have always been one of the biggest supporters of you and your loudspeakers and have fought many a bloody war defending both against the barbarian hordes ..... but I can't defend and am not buying the thought that you have some special knowledge about Heil drivers and that anyone who chooses another path is clueless and has no business using the driver as they see fit.

I can appreciate that you decided to use my thread as a "teachable moment" ..... have you been golfing with the POTUS again and are now adopting his methods ? .....  Tongue

I am done with this.  To get back to my original post, anyone buying "vintage" Heil drivers should be prepared for the possibility of replacing the diaphragms.  I have purchased some that were pristine ..... as well as the ones in the photos. Caveat Emptor


9  General Category / The Great Horned Heil, AKA "Time Vampires" / Re: Southern style barbecued Heil drivers on: July 07, 2013, 08:02:50 AM

I have no interest in debating you on crossovers.

These drivers shipped to me WITH the original crossovers that came with the ESS speakers.
They were never used in anything but the original speakers with the original ESS crossovers.
The guy fried them ..... plain and simple.

The only reason I posted this was for entertainment purposes for those who had never seen a burned up or melted diaphragm.

I will not be posting to the forum anymore, since you find it necessary to give a lecture on crossovers at every opportunity.

10  General Category / The Great Horned Heil, AKA "Time Vampires" / Southern style barbecued Heil drivers on: July 06, 2013, 07:48:22 AM
I recently snagged a pair of Heil drivers from ePay for a current project.
They looked OK in the photos and there were photos of both drivers hooked up to a meter to show impedance (within specs).

When I received the drivers and popped them in the project speakers, it was immediately apparent that the output from one of them was audibly lower than its mate .....  Tongue

So ..... I placed the victim on the operating table and removed the diaphragm ..... hoo boy .....

Larger photos here and here.

It certainly appears that the original owner was using an arc welder to drive his ESS monstrosities .....   Shocked

The good news is that after replacing the diaphragm, I once again had "Sound As Clear As Light ™" .....   Grin

The other driver sounds great and identical to the repaired driver, but I will be replacing the diaphragm "just in case".

I figured that anyone who has never seen a "mistreated" diaphragm might enjoy seeing this train wreck .....  Roll Eyes

Happy listening,

11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hornfest 2013 Friday Photos on: May 08, 2013, 01:50:49 PM
Randy looks like he lost even more weight .....

Hi Capt.,

Actually, I have gained about 8 pounds since last year and am up to a whopping 174 pounds .....  Wink

It has always been my understanding that the camera adds 10 pounds to a person, but it seems to take 10 pounds off of me ..... I sure do look thin in a couple of those photos.

It's kind of bizarre ..... my normal weight before the chemo and radiation treatments (almost 5 years ago) was around 200 pounds and since then I cannot get above 175 no matter how many calories I take in.

Some of the women I work with who didn't know about the cancer treatments want to know my "secret" to stay thin, since they see me eat a piece of cheesecake almost every day.  I hate to burst their bubble, but I tell them that I don't recommend what I went through as a means to lose weight .....  Wink

The interesting thing is that I have plenty of strength and stamina and can work in the yard and dig holes to plant trees and bushes for hours in the hot sun with no problem ..... but just can't put on any weight.

Oh well, at least I'm still on this side of the sod and enjoying music .....  Grin

Best wishes,

12  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: Horn Fest 2013? on: May 06, 2013, 09:02:24 AM
I made it back home at 10:30 last night ..... fighting rain and traffic almost the entire way .....  Roll Eyes

Oh well, despite that, the trip was well worth it and we have another fine Horn Fest under our belts .....  Grin

I had a great time and wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the Schilling family for the warm hospitality.
I must say that Ed has done a fine job on the updated crossover on the Horned Heils ..... sounding good.

It was great to see many of my old audio buddies again and hope that the ones who couldn't make it will be at HF 2014 .....  Wink

Happy listening,

13  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: Horn Fest 2013? on: April 25, 2013, 06:06:23 AM

Randy, Is Geoff coming? Sidney will be disappointed if he's not. I think we'll be alright.....several of the regulars will be MIA and we'll miss them but we'll soldier on!

We're really looking forward to seeing you guys again and of course any new folks that wander on in!

Hey Ed,

As far as I know, Geoff will be making the trip with me .....  Smiley

I will be rolling in on Friday.  The original plan was to come on Thursday, but it looks like Rob won't be able to make it this year and I will be visiting him on Thursday.

Man ..... from Caintuck to Columbus, Ohio to South Carolina in two days ..... it's a good thing I enjoy audio road trips AND my ride gets great gas mileage .....  Grin

14  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: Horn Fest 2013? on: April 24, 2013, 01:46:29 PM
Hey guys .....

We are just a few days away from the "Leesville lalapalooza" .....  Shocked

How about a little enthusiasm ?

Who will be making the trip to SC ?

I would hate to think that I will be sitting there looking at Ed's mug all by myself .....  Grin

Let's hear from those who will be attending .....

15  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: Horn Fest 2013? on: April 13, 2013, 06:39:14 PM
Well ..... I just scheduled May 2 through 6 off of work ..... so I might as well drive to South Carolina for a little R & R .....  Grin

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

For anyone reading this that is wondering what all of the excitement is about ..... come on down and find out for yourself .....  Wink

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