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  1. I'd just buy a new pair, Cymbiosis will send you a pair quite cheaply. Its sometimes cheaper to buy new than second-hand with Linn consumables.
  2. I think they are reference type shelves...Quadraspire have made quite a few variations over time. I've got one with solid wooden shelves and also have a single perspex shelf with a square cut-out. I've also got a wobbly acrylic reference type stand that has shelves shaped like a guitar body with a large cut out (I think this might be a collaboration between Quadraspire and Music Works in Cheadle.
  3. It looks like the shelves have been fitted upside down? I'm not sure what effect this would have on things...if you're considering it you might be best to ask to see the other sides of the shelves as they may be marked...I cant see why a HiFi dealer would put it together wrong??
  4. Yep, thats what I tend to do if I'm not too sure of the seller. I just pay an extra £4 per £100. If I'd have done that on the £130 cd player it'd have cost me just over £5....which would have been well worth it avoid the mither of trying to get a refund from a scammer. It took quite a bit of digging to find his address, but it eventually meant I got my money refunded. Well worth a fiver on a small transaction to save that bitter taste in your mouth of being duped. Paypal Gift or Friends and family...same thing as far as I'm aware; it basically means you dont get any buyer protection.
  5. Indeed...the emails were quite funny! I thought I'd lost the money...but kept badgering him because he was fairly local to me. I even found a photo of him and his missus and told him that. His reply..."I think thats a bit unethical grabbing a photo of me!" My reply was "taking £130 off me was unethical" Everything was sorted eventually, but the sour taste remains...its strange that ONE bad experience can ruin so much trust. I've never been scammed on any of the hifi forums until this, but its still a sticking point for me. To be fair...I've dealt with tons of great guys on these sites for about 15yrs, then one comes along and ruins it. I think I'm over it now though!
  6. Thats what I saw on HIfI Forsale, which is why I put the comment on AOS I wasn't being funny...they really did say SOLD. You corrected me on AOS. I'd still love these, but just dont think they'd fit in the house or the hassle I'd get at home Stuart
  7. I for one have been very nearly stung by a couple of chancers on AOS. "Bought" a Marantz CD63 KI sig from a fairly new member (Karlmar) for about £130 inc delivery, but paid friends and family into an account I'd seen lots of sales and feedback for (I will name - pzblues) - both have been banned from AOS. Never received the CD player. Probably 80 emails passed between me and the two parties - pzblues always promising to repay the money despite it not being him (but his father in law) selling the player. No money ever received - until I managed to get his address. Some of the emails were quite funny, as I said I had his postcode...to which he replied "you'll have to do better than that" Then I sent him his address I offered to pop round and collect the money...low and behold the the £130 was refunded. I dont tend to use friends and family now, unless its someone I've met or know. For the sake of £4 on £100 I can tell you its well worth paying to avoid the sickening feeling you get when you've been stung. Just my two-penneth, but sometimes its worth paying a bit extra for the peace of mind. Saying the I've had loads of great deals with many very honest people on here, AOS and PFM. You take your choice and have to make a judgement call...I'd tend to use PayPal as a safe bet for the sake of an extra 4% on lowish value items.
  8. That was exactly what I was thinking...they must sound sublime though!
  9. Those white MBL 120's just make me think of Marvin the paranoid android (from the TV series - not the film). The designer must have a proper sense of humour - "Brain the size of a planet and I come up with this"! I'm sure they sound awesome, but I cant get that image out of my head
  10. Virtually all my bad decisions revolve around large speakers! I've always lusted after some nice BIG speakers and have bought several big-uns in my time (obviously never learning my lesson). First ones were Meridian 7000's in Ferrari red...seemed reasonably sized in the lovely house I visited and they didn't look too big. When I got them back to my much smaller house they just filled the room and sounded a lot worse than in the big room. Did the same thing with some Horning Agathon Ultimates....saw them in a big house, got them home and they just dominated the room. They did sound superb though with a top-of-the-range Border Patrol power amplifier, even in my smaller front room. I think I could have lived with the Horning's, but then decided they were just too big in a room that measures 17' x 15' I do still miss them! Saying that, the new owner was delighted with them in his much bigger conservatory. Obviously bigger isn't alway better with speakers...shame it doesn't apply to everything
  11. I think that would have been my first check - Are my interconnects and speaker cables correctly inserted? Its quite easy to get stuff connected up back to front if you're leaning over a stack of equipment where the light is usually poor. Should be a simple fix.
  12. I think I've got the idea now. The cables have two wires at the amp end which go into a small "box" close to the amp and emerge as one big fat cable (I assume its got 4 wires inside as its about twice as thick as the two wires that go into the amp. The speaker cables seem to have a box of tricks just prior to the speaker plugs and then 4 wires emerge labelled for high and low output, so I assume they're also splitting the output just prior to going into the speakers own crossovers. Probably total overkill Pink Triangle only made about 250 pairs of the Ventricals...voiced similar to Quad ESL's but with a bit of bass (even though they only have a 3.5" or 4" bass driver with a Helm-Holtz bass loading. If you want to see what they look like they're on eBay at the moment, but think I might be pulling the advert as they sound so good bi-wired in my awkward room at the moment. I will try them single wired again, but they are sounding pretty special at the moment running with Spectral pre/power. I sold a pair of Horning Agathon Ultimates to a chap locally. After listening to the Horning's he bought them straight away, he then asked what I was replacing them with...I just said "The Pinks for now". When he came to collect the Agathons I played some stuff through the Pinks...he was pretty amazed at the bass and imaging (the Horning Agathons have 2 x 12" bass drivers). The better cables/bi-wires have made them sound even better. I know wire is wire, but there does seem to be better detail.
  13. I'll certainly give it a try. There really was a massive improvement in clarity and drive using the MIT. I know cables aren't meant to make any difference, but I don't subscribe to that theory, having listened to many many different cables. I try to convince myself cables make no difference...but they do for me (Cardas Golden Ref gives more bass, Kondo's just get out of the way) and the MIT seem so clear, but I don't want to get into a mud fight about cables! The MIT shotgun cables are designed as dedicated bi-wire cables, so cant do the comparison quite as easily as just running one length of cable. I'll have a play though. I think the links are fairly decent silver plated with teflon jacket...I'll give everything a clean with de-oxit. I might have to dig out my Celestion SL700's to see if the bi-amp thing works on them too - they are ultra revealing speakers and have always had more clarity than the Pinks.
  14. Ahh that makes sense, but the sound difference is such a jump...I'm amazed. I thought Diapson (the ones that look like Krytens head) did some direct drive speakers some time ago which gave me the idea that the crossovers were bypassed...but your explanation does make more sense. Always a wealth of knowledge on here. I'll have to have a bit more of a mess about with the cables and links!