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  1. 1 minute ago, harrycox1 said:

    D'Addario XL. They are cheap enough to change often.

    I remember in the 80s(I have new sets, they aren’t the same) D’Addario started using a nylon core. Not to get into too many details, but I remember getting an entire case of those as a Christmas present, that’s pretty sweet. I was around 13-14(87-88) and already a gigging musician. SNAP! Every night! I like them now, but man was that horrible in the age of the Floyd Rose. Instant unplayable guitar.

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  2. Aren’t guitar strings like new tubes for the most part? Like very few companies producing for multiple brands? Pink Slinky’s here most of the time. But like most things, I have a stash of strings here as if they cure Coronavirus, so I have several brands of electric, acoustic and bass strings. Not much difference between brands IMO. Pink Slinky’s are just cheap. 

  3. Ok, you’ve convinced me to go with the WA-2A with your review, Phil. No SMD I can see, already has the upgraded optics, Cinemags, Texas company, etc..The KT, the more I listen, sounds more like a “modern take” on the unit considering the WA is for sure IMO more aggressive. I’m invested in this already as I know even the WA the tubes are probably going to go and the selections I bought weren’t exactly cheap knowing I’ll probably only use 2 out of many. NOS tube market isn’t exactly reliable and only getting worse, so if available I’ll buy 2. There are definitely noise sensitivity differences depending on purpose. Microphones are the worst. The tube has to be flawless sound wise, and have some of that 1950s magic, but I have some really noisy ones that work great as phase inverters. I spend way too much time on this minutia, but yeah Warm Audio for sure. 

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  4. 23 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    Please let me know which tubes you like in it the best... :snax: 


    Oh I will. Probably will do a tear down so the 2 people here mildly interested can see. I’m still thinking of getting an RCA 12ax7 to roll in there as well since I’ve read they were the original tube, but the original unit is probably a different beast. I imagine it’s like anything old that’s been re-capped/tubed that 2 originals may not sound alike.

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  5. On 3/3/2020 at 7:37 AM, Phil O'Keefe said:

    I can’t speak to the Klark Teknik specifically, but “this type” of compressor is pretty unique and quite useful. It is a whole ‘nother thing vs a VCA based compressor. 

    I’m excited, I’ve done exhaustive research deciding between this and the WA-2A. It seems really close and I’m not 100% decided on one or the other, other than I’m buying ONE of them. They have their own strengths/weaknesses. The Klark gets points for vocals IMO(probably the only use) but bass and drums the WA-2A sounds more heft. Yes, I went out and bought more tubes than I can ever use for it to roll in the signal chain...Lets see some more showed up today..(50s/60s)..2 Raytheon black plate 12ax7s from Baldwin organ pull..1- Browning(?) 12ax7...2- GE 12ax7 long gray plate..1- Westinghouse 12bh7(very odd looking gray plates)..2- GE 12bh7. Why so many tubes? A lot are sold in pairs. I’ll be switching these out on either unit in a fit of madness first. My prediction- Raytheon 12ax7 black and GE 12bh7 gray. 

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  6. On 3/3/2020 at 7:37 AM, Phil O'Keefe said:

    I can’t speak to the Klark Teknik specifically, but “this type” of compressor is pretty unique and quite useful. It is a whole ‘nother thing vs a VCA based compressor. 

    That’s what I was hoping for. I’m looking forward to the ..2a experience. Maybe even a WA-2A, I need to see the inside of it. I have at least one vintage 12bh7 up for grabs if anyone needs one. 

  7. On 2/27/2020 at 7:26 PM, Red Ant said:

    I have an LA-2A in the studio, owned by my studio partner. It has never occurred to me to even open it to look - it sounds great, so I use it :lol:

    I’m preparing myself for a sub-par experience so I already have good tubes(signal path) and a VERY nice output capacitor if need be. By all accounts, the “optics” seem to be fine vs upgrading the T4B. If I can get this for $400 and already have the upgrades that seems pretty good. I can barely justify having one of these period, I’m good on compressors, just not THIS kind.

  8. 2 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    I've used them countless times. I'm sure Anton has too. 

    Tubes are pretty darned important in any tube audio device, although one of the original LA-2A tubes can be substituted (if you rewire the socket pin configuration) without significant sonic changes with a very similar tube that only really differs in the pinout configuration. That's what Warm Audio did with their WA-2A, but they also put in a second socket wired in parallel in case you wanted to use the original tube type (6AQ5 / EL90) instead of the 6P1 they provide. It sounds like Klark-Teknik used an EL84 instead of a 6AQ5, which is an interesting choice... but you might not be able to easily modify their leveling amp to use the original 6AQ5 - I have never dug around inside of one of theirs, so I don't know for certain either way, although I do know that the two tubes use completely different pin counts (7 for the 6AQ5 vs 9 for the EL84, as well as the 6P1) and configurations. 

    The quality of the T4 electro-opto attenuator unit that combines the electro-luminescent panel and photocells is as least as crucial as the tubes in an LA-2A IMHO. I'm not sure what Klark-Teknik uses for the T4 in theirs. 

    I purchased the Warm Audio clone (WA-2A) that I reviewed. It comes with Tung-Sol tubes stock. If you'd like to check out my review, you can find it right here. It's not exactly the same as a "real" LA-2A from UA (PCB instead of point to point wiring, etc.), but it's pretty darned close from a circuit POV, and it wasn't $3,800 either - it was roughly $3k less. I've been very happy with it. It's great on vocals and on bass guitar. 



    Dang, thanks Phil. I asked and received.

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  9. Ha, now that I have your attention, how important are the tubes? I’m asking because, I can’t remember if I mentioned this yesterday, I was coming out of anesthesia and on strong drugs. Anyways, probably not THIS paycheck(medical bills) but NEXT one(getting paid once a month like faculty kinda sucks) I think I’m going to get a Klark Teknik KT-2A but I’m sure it comes with crappy tubes. I have NOS if 3 of the 4 already, but that’s a hit to the amp stash because it’s 1-EL84(ouch) 2-12AX7(double ouch) and a 1-12HB7 which I do not own yet but are pretty pricey. I have 1 lonely preamp left that I think this compressor would just 🔥. All the rest of the external preamps have various compressors attached to them for a light analog compression going in. But the tubes have got to go, right?

  10. On 1/3/2019 at 4:05 PM, Phil O'Keefe said:

    Warm Audio strikes again.






    Estimated shipping date, sometime in February 2019.



    To be honest, the body physically looks more like it's the size of a C12 rather than the slightly larger diameter of a 251, and the head basket lacks a 251's flat top (again, this looks more like the aftermarket C12 style replacement head baskets that you can get to replace the stock one on mics like the Apex 460, which share a similar, if not identical body size), and they're using remote / power supply pattern switching rather than a switch on the mic just below the head basket, but they did stick with the ELA M 251 E's 12AY7 / 6072 style tube, they're using Cinemag iron, and they went with a CK12 style capsule - all of which seems promising... The paint looks more cream than the slightly greener paint of an original 251, but as always, the sound is what matters...


    I'm one of the lucky few who has had the privilege of owning original 251's (actually, a pair of 'em... :o ) and I also have an excellent David Bock-built Soundelux ELUX 251, which is based on the originals and is my favorite go-to vocal mic of all time for many singers, so I have plenty of experience with them, and plenty to compare it to when the review unit gets here - which should be in a few days.


    So how well did they do on this one? Does it sound more like a 251, or more like a C12, or something else entirely? Stay tuned for the HC review for the answers to those questions... :snax:



    For more pics and the complete press release, check out this link in HC News:





    Those bodies are easy to get and built like tanks. There are so many aftermarket windscreens for those. Telefunken uses a slightly shaved off version of the same body. They are everywhere. I have several of these capsules.https://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com/product/tk51d-capsule-ar-51 They are just "OK" and not sure what the rules are here, but I have a few laying around.😉

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  11. On 1/3/2019 at 11:29 PM, Red Ant said:


    I did a shootout with an CV-12 and the C-12VR and the Avantone CRUSHED the AKG reissue. silkier highs, warmer lows, depth... no contest. And the VR is $6K :lol: :lol:



    Hey, how`d I end up here? Not surprised the CV sounds better. Even looking at the internals of a VR there is no way is going to be even close(having built one to spec) for them to pull off a decent single triode like that vs. even a MUCH less expensive one with the cathode follower like the CV. While not true to the original in that sense, I have had one(not a CV, one I did myself) and it was stunningly good. That will be my next project since I still have 1 power supply chassis left- a "c12" WITH the cathode follower.

  12. 20 minutes ago, Red Ant said:

    I was just looking at out 2'' machine the other day thinking "you know, I don't miss you AT ALL" :lol:


    I love them when someone else is operating them. God forbid you make a mistake you later regret after really listening...They have to..get the giant tape out..find where you f’d up..transfer the whole thing to digital(per track). Find your F’up again..find something else to paste over your f’up..hope you’ll be happy.

  13. Just now, ohmygod said:

    yes and now listening to children of the future the recording quality is so so

    It`s actually way better. IMO, I loved recording to tape MUCH better, but those 2 inch reels started costing a ton. And the editing got real hard. I realized later I messed up singing 1 line. I wanted it fixed. $$ edit inPro Tools, export to ADAT. That was a big deal in the 90`s AFAIK.

  14. 2 minutes ago, Red Ant said:

    HIGHLY subjective. And genre-dependent to boot. There are some orchestral recordings that will give you goosebumps, like you're standing at the conductor's podium. 

    Some candidates:

    Aja - Steely Dan

    Avalon - Roxy Music

    The Blues and The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson

    Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

    Back In Black - AC/DC

    DSOT - Pink Floyd

    So - Peter Gabriel 

    Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears

    Making Movies - Dire Straights 

    Off The Wall - Michael Jackson

    In Absentia - Porcupine Tree



    That`s an EYE opening list! Wow, where to start?

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