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    Default System #214 (SL3)

    Member Name: Bernard
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    ML Model: SL3.
    Year Purchased: 2000
    Mods/Changes: Changed one of the electrolytic capacitors in each speaker to a Black Gate capacitor; it made no difference. Home-made traps on woofer cabinets (picture on page 7). Home-made jumpers. Foundation Research LC1 power conditioner on each speaker.

    Analog: VPI HW19 Mk IV Turntable, JMW 10 Arm, PLC, HW 16.5 Record Cleaner.
    Koetsu Rosewood Cartridge, Discovery Signature interconnects, OregonDV spikes under turntable

    Digital: Dedicated Mac Mini, Kanex Thunderbolt to USB converter, Western Digital MyBook 3TB USB external drive, Gustard U12 USB to SPDIF converter, DIY non-oversampling ladder tube DAC, Foundation Research LC1 power conditioner on the DAC, Marantz CDR633 CDR/CDP

    Amplification: Audio Research SP9 Mk II tube preamp (much modified), Audio Research VTM120 monoblock tube power amplifiers (110 watts/channel)

    Cables: Cardas Neutral Reference interconnects and speaker cables, MIT Digital Reference SPDIF cable.

    Other stuff: VPI Bricks, Salamander rack, Dayton OmniMic Measurement System, IKEA lamp.

    Comments and/or stories about Martin Logan experience: I used to own Quad 57s (purchased in 1978), and loved them, except that the soundstage was flat in my room, which I think was too small for them (the soundstage was great in the showroom). Then I listened to a pair of SL3s in a small showroom; the soundstage was deep, and with instruments outside the speakers, so I bought them. I used to drive them with a power amp that was providing an inadequate 50 watts/channel (purchased during my Quad days); the upgrade to the ARCs really made them sing !

    I just moved (Sept 2008) from a 16'x12'x8' dedicated music room to a 20'x14'x10.5' living room. Room treatments to come.
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    Bernard, Welcome ! Glad to see another ARC / Analog fan !!

    I too had an SP-9mkII that I sent out to Steve Huntley years ago for 'modding' (caps, resistors, power supply and a tweak in the phono stage), my son now has that pre and it still performs flawlessly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twich54 View Post
    Bernard, Welcome ! Glad to see another ARC / Analog fan !!

    I too had an SP-9mkII that I sent out to Steve Huntley years ago for 'modding' (caps, resistors, power supply and a tweak in the phono stage), my son now has that pre and it still performs flawlessly.
    Thanks Dave. I considered the GNS mod many years ago, but found the (I think) $1,800 cost pricey for something I could not listen to beforehand.
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    Default Cheap Room Treatment

    Please note the cheap room treatment - which works superbly well. It consists of swimming pool noodles covered with fabric that I got from a company called Guilford of Maine (also used by Tube Traps). I found that it really cleared up vocals (I listen to a lot of female vocals).

    EDIT: This is an old picture, but I thought I'd leave it in just to show the noodles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    Please note the cheap room treatment - which works superbly well. It consists of swimming pool noodles covered with fabric that I got from the company that supplies Tube Traps. I found that it really cleared up vocals (I listen to a lot of female vocals).
    Love those 'DIY' projects that yield excellent results !! I've got some goodies coming from ATS Acoustics that I wll be working on over the coming weeks.
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    Very nice system - particularly your ARC preamp. It's one of my favorites.

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    I recently purchased a Salamander Synergy rack.

    The painting on the wall is entitled, "More Than Tango", but the people who own the art store where I bought it call it "Get a Room" !
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    Bernard, I use to listen to a lot of male singers, maybe because I could relate to what they were singing about, but the last 10 years I turned to female singers...get to hear the other side of the human story? I listen to jazz 180 gram LP's, but most of my rock music is on CD. What female singers are you listening to? What LP's are your favorite? I use to have a pair of SL3 but about a year ago got a pair of Odysseys. Matched them up to some Aragon Palldium mono blocks. Martin Logans always reveal the amps.

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    here Bernard, nice system

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    Quote Originally Posted by philox@ix.netcom.com View Post
    Bernard, I use to listen to a lot of male singers, maybe because I could relate to what they were singing about, but the last 10 years I turned to female singers...get to hear the other side of the human story? I listen to jazz 180 gram LP's, but most of my rock music is on CD. What female singers are you listening to? What LP's are your favorite? I use to have a pair of SL3 but about a year ago got a pair of Odysseys. Matched them up to some Aragon Palldium mono blocks. Martin Logans always reveal the amps.
    John, here is a list of my favourite female singers:

    ENGLISH/FRENCH:
    Judy Collins
    Jacintha, from Singapore
    Diana Krall, but not her latest stuff (too much rock influence)
    Jane Monheit. Great voice, but I hate it that she ends phrases with "uh!"
    Nana Mouskouri, an old favourite
    Barbara Streisand

    LATIN:
    Susana Baca - Peruvian
    Bia - Brazilian
    Soledad Bravo - Venezuelan. I particularly like her later stuff
    Ana Caram - Brazilian.
    Aline de Lima - Brazilian
    Cesaria Evora - Cape Verdean
    Astrud Gilberto - Brazilian
    Marta Gomez - Colombian. Really love that voice.
    Tish Hinojosa - Tejano
    Xiomara Laugart - Cuban
    Amanda Martinez - Mexican/Canadian
    Rosa Passos - Brazilian.
    Omara Portuondo - Cuban.
    Virginia Rodrigues - Brazilian. A large woman with an amazing voice
    Sara Tavares - Portuguese. Lovely voice.
    Marta Topferova - Czech, but sings in Spanish

    Favourite LPs:
    Getz/Gilberto's Girl from Ipanema
    Marilyn Horne singing Carmen
    Judy Collins "Wildflowers"
    Streisand's "Memories"
    Beethoven: Symphony #6. Karl Bohm/Vienna PO
    Schubert: Impromptus. Kempff

    There are single tracks too numerous to name. I do not have too many audiophile LPs; the ones I have do not get played very much. I tend to buy LPs/CDs more for the music than for the sound.

    Thanks for all of the words of welcome, guys. I'm really glad I discovered this site.
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    The pool noodle thing absolutely rocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kach22i View Post
    The pool noodle thing absolutely rocks!
    And they were really easy to make, apart from the sewing (my sister did that for me); I covered the noodles as I could not live with hot pink, lime green, or screaming yellow.

    Support is provided by 1/2-inch dowels fitted into a length of wood at the bottom, and a thin piece of wood at the top holds them together.

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    You have a beautiful system -- in some ways similar to mine, but a bit "bigger". Then of course there's the traditional ARC vs. C-J rivalry, but I'm willing to overlook that if you are

    Is that a mk IV with a JWM 9? Sweet!

    Also, how do you like the Alpha? I've been considering one of these. I had a Tempest, but sold it. It was really something, except that the bass was a bit loose and woolly. I've missed it ever since, and have been thinking that an Alpha (though a bit shy of the Tempest's 7-tube complement) might be a suitable replacement (and slightly more modern). Any comment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenonaut View Post
    You have a beautiful system ...

    Is that a mk IV with a JWM 9? Sweet!
    Bernard really does have a beautiful system. It always makes me smile when I look at it, and I'm sure it makes him smile every time he listens to it.

    I believe his tonearm is either a JMW-10 or possibly a 10.5. It has the VTA adjustment tower and what looks like a dropped counterweight. No VTA adjustment on the JMW-9 as far as I know.
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