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  1. True!! It was correct at the time but to say circumstances have changed would be an understatement. New thread title then… But what is it to be? Answers on a virtual postcard to the usual address. I’ll put a sticking plaster on it for now.
  2. “Boing!” said Zebedee, in his excitement. Ooh err, said Florence. Fantabulous. Good luck with your sale.
  3. Anyway, tetchiness aside... am I allowed, as a Remain voter, to point out something else without being called Mr Picky? Britain is still in Europe. It is just not in the European Union. As I sit here on the south coast of France, I find it comforting to know that I am only as far from home as I was when I came here in 2018. We haven’t been cast adrift into the mid-Atlantic. Well, not geographically even if politically! Bon courage, mes braves.
  4. Back at you! You are clearly suffering from factophobia. My tongue was of course heading towards my cheek but some folk missed that. Your offer remains a generous one, saving fellow wammers both the costs and delays of commercial shipping.
  5. Fabulous! Do you have an HGV license? If not, you might want to keep your voice down to help manage demand! I’ll leave it to someone else to point out that import charges are still due…
  6. I bought a CD player on eBay from a French seller for £240. All negotiated discounts wiped out by additional import costs of £60. Hardly going to persuade anyone who voted Leave to realise the error of their ways unfortunately. No doubt dismissed as a First World problem with a non-Gallic shrug of the shoulders. Unlike lots of other avoidable Leave-induced difficulties which affect everyone.
  7. Vs new price of £1640, someone is going to get a bargain. Have a bump on me. Good luck with your sale.
  8. Absolutely that… and sometimes it’s a chain of wammers! In your case, you might find a wammer living near Reading (69 miles from Gloucester) who would act as a repository, and another wammer who’s travelling from Eastbourne to Reading for business. That sort of thing. Definitely worth a shot as a separate ad.
  9. “WTD: Wam taxi Eastbourne to Gloucester +/- 75 miles” worth putting up too?
  10. I use an Arcam A49 as an active pre into my ATC SCM40A’s and an Audia Flight FLS10 integrated into my Posselt Albatross. I retain no passives. I stand by my blanket statement, happy to differ. And I have no interest in measurements. I’m interested in design principles of course, but we both know that trying to use a a graph to compare the sound of any passive with the sound of any active is a fool’s errand.
  11. Take your own medicine and name names? Of which specific TVC pre’s and active pre’s do you have experience? My only definitive statements are based on the electrical principles employed by passive and active pre’s. I have never suggested, for example, that all passive pre’s, or even all TVC passive pre’s, are “better” than active pre’s. I’m purely pointing out that the minimal circuitry (little more than the attenuator) in passives means they take less of the original signal away than an active does. Actives can affect the signal in all sorts of ways from nice to nasty, but they’d struggle to let more of the incoming signal through than a bit of wire.
  12. I’m not fooled, don’t worry! The MFA Baby Ref (mine—>Lurch’s) is in a different league from the Classic V1 and V2) from the same stable. But you’re using ambiguous and potentially misleading language when you speak of TVC passives “imparting their own sound on” the signal: to be clear, all a passive can do is take more or less of the incoming signal away in passing it through its internal wiring including attenuator, perhaps as has been suggested above moreso in the HF than anywhere else. What any passive “imparts” is only by subtraction not addition. For the avoidance of doubt, and all that. Whereas an active pre can subtract, add, whatever.
  13. Impedance matching is important with active preamps; I guess with passives, you need to look at the impedance of the devices on either side of the pre. I can absolutely see (have absolutely heard) how an active pre can add weight, punch, drive or whatever anyone wants to call it. And I’ve sometimes enjoyed the difference the pre brought to the party. And that is what yours is doing. It’s an active device which could also include tone controls (whether visible/adjustable or not) to boost certain frequencies; it could do all sorts of magic to the incoming signal, and many of us enjoy a particular flavour of magic. It wouldn’t be correct to blame the volume control on the DAC in most devices for any lack of drive; what people miss without a pre is the aforementioned magic which it adds. I only get all stubborn and picky when people talk about an active pre “letting more of the signal through” than without it in the playback chain. That’s simply impossible, electrically.
  14. Perhaps I should have said MFA TVC. Which TVC were you using when you saw HF rolloff?
  15. Adding a preamp into a chain which previously had none simply cannot let more of the original signal through. No additional component can do this.
  16. Most active pre’s add their flavour. None can let through more than a TVC passive pre.
  17. Perhaps, though little lets the original signal through like a TVC pre. If there is “drive” in the original signal, a huge amount of it will be there at output, more than any active pre. I have loved some active pre’s but I recognise that they are adding their own (desirable, enjoyable) flavour rather than letting more of the original signal through.
  18. I was about to challenge the emotional vs intellectual assertion but Camverton beat me to it. We have to be careful not to suggest that those who enjoy clarity/accuracy/detail/transparency do so only intellectually, a left vs right brain thing. I suspect the vast majority of us enjoy (by definition?) with our emotional right brain, we just enjoy different things. The exceptions are those who choose their systems on measured performance as evidenced by graphs and numbers. They’re just weirdos.
  19. The Townshend is an Autotransformer not TVC as far as I know, but your point remains valid: I don’t think any of us can, with confidence, say much about whether someone else is going to like something else somewhere else... We can report our own experiences but it’s hard to do much more. Of course there wouldn’t be much of a forum if none of us extrapolated! No reviews, no suggestions, just a stock “there really is no substitute for...”. So we all press on, seeking and giving advice, and just accepting that it always always comes heavily caveated. Like here.
  20. If it were my gig, I wouldn’t be chairing a sub-committee… … but I know what you mean and, no, not seeking additional employment!
  21. Nowhere. You can PM me whenever you’re lonely though. (I’m in foreign climes right now so may be slow to respond. Bear with, caller).
  22. Thanks look forward to it. I didn't mean detailed updates on what's been going on just an occasional thread update to say it hasn't been forgotten and keep us excited rather than worried. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Show is only one piece of the Wam jigsaw which the new team are scratching their heads and rubbing their chins over. If the Wam was my gig* I’d set up a sub-committee/project team to focus on the show, take soundings from serious potential exhibitors, agree key criteria, shortlist potential sites, etc while the admins get on with ensuring the Wam forum washes its face financially in order to secure its future. *But it’s not, and that’s a relief!
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