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  1. Dear Fellow Wammers, My name is Roo, I am the son of the owner of HiFi Wigwam (Rachel). The purpose of this post is to inform all forum members of some important changes. Effective immediately, Peter (the previous admin) no longer has any involvement in the forum. There are aspects of the changes you may consider positive, but one you most likely will not. Some members may be aware of my mother and Peter’s relations and other business. Unfortunately, everything has been left in somewhat of a mess, and my mother is also currently in hospital. First and foremost, I do not propose to make any major changes to the forum or to promise things that are impossible or that go against the wishes of the majority of forum members. I am now aware of some of the problems with the forum and of issues members have raised. My main work is as a developer, so the site itself will be my first focus, with the aim of resolving the problems. The bad news is that although it was my mother’s strong wish for the 2021 show to go ahead, with a heavy heart I have to announce that we have no option but to postpone it until the spring. We are aware some members would have anyway preferred this, though we also know it will be a disappointment to many. Regrettably, most of the arrangements appear not to have been completed, to the extent that the hotel cannot actually offer the required space, as they are carrying out some works. We initially propose making it a two-day event again (i.e., setup on Saturday, ticketed visitors on Sunday as it used to be), which seems to be most people’s preference. We also suggest running the show on the 26th and 27th March, but we would be happy to be flexible to suit all the exhibitors. Under any circumstances, we will refund any exhibitor payments made by any member who does not wish to continue participating. We appreciate and are grateful for the support of the forum members and we understand that the forum and its future depends on you, more than on us. The forum will return to being the best of its type, and to being run primarily as a forum for its members. With our thanks, Rachel and Roo.
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  2. Awful phone pic, but I'm too busy listening to get the proper camera out
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  3. Lights normally dimmer for listening. No hifi in sight other than speakers and it would be better if I couldn’t see them! We are listening to Purrcell; naturally.
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  5. View from my listening seat
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  6. Pretty boring compared to most
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  7. From your listening chair...a nice personal insight to where we sit. For me personally, I spend alot longer than I should here.
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  8. Strangely : this is not my favourite position , although it is probably the best music wise , I like to sit at the bar behind , with one elbow on the worktop and one holding a whiskey.
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  9. First time listening to music for a couple of weeks due to power amp service/ upgrade. Nice and relaxed cheers
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  10. As an architect friend of mine always said; “Keep it simple”! I’ll post another pic when I receive my new speakers.
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  11. My system has completely changed apart from the Esoteric Preamplifier and this is my version of musical nirvana.I've had my own listening room for over ten years now & can't imagine trying to fit everything that I have gathered in that time back into a shared space.
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  12. Me aswell, upto 10hrs a day, broken by trips to the kitchen for brews etc.
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  13. The Mods do NOT want to stop (vigorous) debate but there have been too many recent threads/posts that disintegrate into name-calling, abuse and repetitive message after message saying the same thing over and over that adds nothing to the discussion. Enough. The AUP states: The moderators have the right to edit, move, lock or delete any posts or threads deemed to be in breach of the AUP, or that fall outside the standards expected of members. The right is also reserved to ban, for any length of time, any member. The decisions of the moderators and forum admin are final in this regard. We will therefore take action and delete those messages in future and tell the poster they are on holiday from the Wam. And the MODs decision will be final. Also, a reminder that dealers promoting commercial products is not allowed. However, posts outside the relevant trade sections, evidently promoting commercial products without due context, are not allowed. This applies to theirs or other commercial products. An occasional comment is OK, but persistent promotion is not. We are trying to make the Wam more interesting, discussive and informative and constant negative, repetitive messages spoils that.
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  14. What a brilliant idea for a thread. Today I wound down by listening to a fabulous gift from Mike @stylesound on the Systemdek>Pioneer Urushi>Celef LS8's. Great to get reacquainted with these babies after mainly listening elsewhere. I continue to be amazed by what these tiny speakers are capable of. With apologies for subdued lighting, taken by subdued listener.
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  15. Youngest daughter has just arrived...
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  16. Poor photos as the lighting in my room is quite difficult. I usually listen at night as I find it quite overwhelming during the day, there is so much going on that the system demands your full attention. The speakers take you to a different world that really burys you in the music and washes the day away.
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  17. Due to my near field listening setup ( room is only 11.5 x 15 feet ), I could only take a clear side shot of my front view. The panorama I tried didn't come out very well. Sorry I just redid the entire room myself, with acoustic treatment. The results have been nothing short of stunning. My main speakers are not in the pic, as iam presently working on them, and they are DIY. I've recently heard the avalon indra speakers, and only yesterday had a listen to the B&W 801 D3. The avalon were in a wrongly treated room. And the B&W were in a sparsely treated room. My system always sounded just about okay to me. But after treating the room, my system sounds superior to both the above mentioned setups. And my DIY speakers only cost a fraction of the other 2 speakers. I know this is a very tall claim, considering the contending speakers in question. But I wanted to share that the room has a greater impact on what we hear, than the kit themselves. My phone recently crashed with all my pics of the room prior treatment. I badly wanted to share that too. But can't now. So below is the present pic
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  18. View from the chair in the mancave after a tidy up after the bake off
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  19. There's some very inspiring systems here. As there seems to be an absence of Quads here's mine!
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  20. This used to be the lounge, but when we added an extension to the back we decided to use that mostly, so I 'converted' the lounge to a 'music and film' room. The LPs are to my left and the majority of CDs to my right. However, as all the CDs have been ripped, they tend not to be used and stay in the cupboard out of site.
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  22. Here’s my system of DIY,low power SET amplifier and DIY, 98dB single driver speakers with aperiodic bass loading. The ports fire downwards beneath the cabs. Turntable is a BTE designs Lenco L75 with 60s retro paint job, 70s SME arm and equally 70s Empire 999SEx MM cartridge. Phono stage is a MoFi Studiophono, CD player is an ancient Philips CD371 and DAC for the streamer is a Topping E30 with 5V regulated linear power supply.
    26 points
  23. Well here’s me, not very exciting but it’s the sound that matters.
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  24. From the chair - NS1000 on Cliff Stone Foundation stands.
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  25. Had a lot of changes lately as was trying to downsize/downgrade. A lot of gear will have to go unfortunately. Turntable is waiting to be setup next.
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  26. Nice thread. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures of rooms and setups. Here’s mine. Forgive the “mood” lighting. For some reason, I prefer listening with the lights low.
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  28. And so the Posselts don't get jealous, one from "the other place": still only an iPhone which makes the anglepoise light look like it dazzles (hence switched off for pic) though it doesn't. *for the OCDers: sorry. The speakers are equidistant from centre, honest, I obviously slouched!
    25 points
  29. Right, I’ve faffed about too much today.. relax!!
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  30. The fact that I can easily slide these speakers back to the rear wall when they are not in use and the fact they have a very small footprint, makes our living space very flexible…thank goodness.
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  31. My beloved ATCs, with a 75" TV for scale. The TV used to belong to Arthur C Clarke (true story). T'other end:
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  32. One week ago, we adopted a dog from a Swansea based rescue centre. We have named her Bess and she is a former breeding bitch from a puppy farm in Ireland that was closed down by police and animal welfare. She is just two years old and already has been forced to have at least two litters. She has never experienced the joy of a walk or a stroke and has been fed kibble soaked in water to make her feel full. Naturally, she has been forced to have multiple litters for the profit of the inhumane. She was malnourished, infested with mange and has boobs down to her knees. She would not allow any human contact but has now settled into a forever home with us and our dog, Blue, who has been an absolute star in teaching her how to be a dog and that she will be loved. She has made huge progress in just one week. Blue just goes from strength to strength after she, herself, was rescued from a turbulent start to her life, eighteen months ago. I have attached a photograph from the rescue centre (she was there just one week) and a few throughout the week at our home. The rescue centre shot is obvious. Before you spend £4k on a designer dog please realise that this may be the impact of your purchase and ensure you see both parents of any puppy you are considering.
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  33. Panoramic shot Click pic for Flickr size .
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  34. The boxed Ikea unit on the floor needs putting together for my records. It will eventually go behind my settee.
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  35. From my seat while watching the football.
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  36. Ten years ago I decided to build my own turntable. I had always wanted a Nottingham analogue Hyperspace, but back then funds would not allow. So I decided on a heavy Aluminium platter which I turned in 2 pieces and then bolted together from underneath around the outside edge to give extra weight and momentum, the total weight is 9kg. I also turned a phosphorus bronze bearing, which the platter would sit upon, a ball-bearing was placed in the sleeve for the spindle to turn on. I had decided to buy a separate motor pod and controller in kit form, which really just involved some soldering for the control board and putting together, I had also decide to use fishing line as the belt. All good so far, and now the plinth. I decided to use a dense hardwood, and was recommended lroko, so I bought some that was55mm thick, and the appropriate size to fit the platter, and arm, on. After blunting a couple of drill bits, drilling the holes (it really is a dense and hard wood) for bearing sleeve, and arm board. I had an Origin Live Illustrious for arm duties, so I was now ready to assemble all the parts and see if we had a working TT. I used 50mm sorbothane hemispheres for feet. Well to my amazement it all worked as it should, and just like the Nottingham decks, you had to push start the platter before switching on the motor, due to the weight of platter! How did it sound? Well suffice to say, soundwise the best deck I have ever owned. I ran this for 5 years, and then it just stopped running properly, I have a few TT's, so I put a Technics 1210 into service, and put this on a shelf, where it has stayed for the last few years, till yesterday. I had always assumed the motor had given up the ghost, due to the weight of the platter, and that I would need to source a better one. So yesterday I dismantled the motor pod, to familiarise myself with the motor specifications. Anyway I tested the motor and found it to be fine, but it would not run up to speed or keep a constant speed when In circuit. Well a pleasant surprise ensued ,when I replaced the 2 trim pots in the controller, and all was well again, result £4 for parts! I decided to change the oil in the bearing, and treat the old girl, to some new fishing line, 2lb breaking strain if you are interested . Set her up with a Goldring1006 cartridge, well all can say is wow she is as good, if not better then I remember.
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  37. Thought you might like to see my lockdown side project, to say I’m pleased would be an understatement. The shelves are 40mm solid walnut block wood and are made from an old kitchen worktop. The dividing pillars are taken from the black toughened glass TV stands that nobody wants these days. Once the SL1200 is sitting on top, it will really be the icing on the cake...Total cost was 99p, 20 hours and a little love. I still have 3 shelves and numerous pillars left for another or to extend this one.
    24 points
  38. Hi all, some lovely rooms on show, and some fabulous set-ups! This is me... like many, no dedicated listening space so making the best of the lounge.
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