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  1. I've spent the last few weekends as a tour guide showing steam engine enthusiasts around an old mill engine. Now they are weird, bearded (to a very high percentage - including the women) and passionate knowledgeable and enthusiastic about something most people know nowt about, reminiscing about the good old days of steam, talking at length about compression ratios and piston travel, rpms and governors.....sound familiar? Then the local camera club that visited - waffling about F-stops and apertures and shutter speeds and pining for the old emulsion film days - same again. Then the "Birders" who come to see the peregrines that nest on our roof.....same - then the cyclist club - Mamils, and the odd Mawil - all mad about sprocket ratios and tyre pressures and cadence rates.... ....the anglers on the canal, the bikers, the petrol heads.... We ain't that different. We are mostly nuts with just enough bursts of normal to hold down our day to day lives.....
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  2. Hello, Joined in the last day or two, so I thought I'd introduce myself. Been into hifi to some extent since I was about 18 - so 23 years or so...; hifi tends to be of more concern to me when I'm listening to plenty of classical music. Bought a separates system in a deal from Superfi back in the day, which I loved. Decided to overhaul my system about 7 years ago: I was underwhelmed by all of the new stuff that I could afford, but blown away by the Quad 57s that I auditioned over at Classique Sounds near Leicester, so I ended up with a rewired Leak Stereo 20, ESL 57s, a passive preamp inside a Leak Varislope case, and a Consonance CD120 NOS cd player. Got some entry level Stax 'earspeakers' since then - I'm very keen on electrostatics - and swapped the pseudo-Leak preamp for a Prometheus TVC passive. I'm currently in the business of switching over to a computer audio system, however, having got a Innuos Zen very recently, which I'm using with an even more recently acquired Chord 2Qute; the system is sounding great to my ears, considerably better than it did before, and good enough to sweeten the pill of having to rip something like 2K cds. (I'm currently working my way through Bach's complete works...) Cheers, Dominic
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