I would be interested, I live near Nokomis. E-mail me and we can discuss. My speaks are Vienna Acoustic Beethoven Grands. Current pre-amp is BAT VK-31SE.
Update: Thanks for the offer Jeff. I am meeting up with Jafox tonight. He has a BAT 31SE AND an Aesthtix Callisto Signature. We'll spin vinyl on his system and compre the three.
I also have tentative plans to hook up with Bob (USblues) to drop the Merc it into his counterpoint-Merlin system.
Update to follow.
I have a Plasma pre-amp by NAT Audio that I am not using at the moment. (You can find more information at http://www.nataudio.com/.) I am going to be in Minneapolis tomorrow afternoon. If you would like to borrow it, please send me e-mail.
If you would like to drive to Willmar to listen the pre-amp in my system, please let me know. I can always find time for that.
My system is under Analog. Pro Ac Response 2 is gone.
I have Response 3.8 now.
Round 1 goes (rather handily) to either or both the BAT 31SE and Aesthetix. To be fair, the deHavilland is brand spanking new and has not seen more than 20 mins of play time (though it was powered up for maybe 1-2 days). In jafox's system (CAT signature monos, clear audio analog source, Sound Lab spkrs) it was no contest.
Rather than make any serious sweeping conclusions, more listening is needed, esp once this thing has been played more. That's only fair. more to come.
Once I get the parsifals next week, i would love to have Peter and anyone else over....
I'm in Deephaven and have discovered two very nice systems within a mile of me. This bring four in Deephaven alone!
One friend of mine and I (actually their was a third from Minnetonka) have gone to the Audio Society meeting many times a few years back. I have never felt less welcome. It seemed like a click of long time acquaintances. I am not overly outgoing in that situation, so it compounds the issue.
None the less I have met quite a few local friends through Audiogon. Funny I needed to go to an International site to find local friends.
You of course are well known, but I do not believe we ever met. So Hi!
I have heard Jafox (Plymouth, Molly (Deephaven) and the guy I know you know who is not on Audiogon. I also have a Deephaven friend who has a nice system, but he is controlled (not like me) in his audioholic symptoms but does not use Audiogon. I guess he went to treatment. I would think it fun to have a western suburb meeting. I am introducing Molly and the guy you know next week, let me ask Molly if he would host our first meeting, he has an all MBL system which is very nice.
I'll email you next week. If other A'goners are local write too.
hi, all mpls guys, its nice to hear from audio people who live close, its a small ,small world, i have known the unmentioned man in deephaven with the mbl system for years, and consider him a freind. i think he is ditching his mbl pre amp for a atmaspere pre amp, a move in the right direction if you ask me. happy listening, chrissain