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Play nice, Grbluen. I've never put my Delos up for sale, nor do I intend to in the future. This baby will retire in my system, or will be traded in for a new Lyra through the Lyra trade-in program.
Well, looks like no A-gon member has ever committed any gaffes. I guess the topic is too relaxed, and doesn't have enough personal acrimony potential in it...Just read the Micro Seiki or TW AC-1 thread that's exploding. Wow.
One of my worst and most expensive gaffes is late one night I was trying do an A/B listening comparison between 2 amps and in the midst of setting stuff up and going between gear I had forgotten that both amps were hooked up to the same speakers. I powered on both amps and played some music. I heard some weird noises from the speakers and before I could just everything down the damage was done. I managed to blow the fuses on one amp. Blow out the woofers on the speakers. The other amp was damaged severely. I don't remember all the damage but the list was long.
I don't feel so all alone now. Minor by comparison. Recently, I couldn't understand why things were sounding so "mono". Listening to a well known CD. Shocked to hear part of the music MIA. Almost like 1 track of a 4 track mix was no longer being picked up. Ran a diagnostic CD. No right, no left, just center. Changed CDP. Same thing! Belatedly, figured out I'd connected my right and left channel amp inputs to pre-amp output 1's right channel and to the right channel of pre-amp output 2. "Living Mono". Things sounding much better now with things corrected. Lesson learned? Go by sight, not by touch.
I blew a driver in my ProAc response 3's trying out several amps. I switched back to a Sunfire signature (no power switch) without unplugging it. What a terrible noise! I was so mad at myself I kicked a baby gate that was set up outside my room down the steps which made a couple nice holes in the wall going downstairs. Then I kicked it again when I got down the steps. (wish I had shoes on) I wasn't happy about fixing any of the damage. Makes me laugh now though. I'm smiling as type.
Tpreaves, I paid roughly 3k upfront, waited 3 months longer than promised for delivery and the builder shipped them with a gouge in one side and a pit or hole in one baffle. One speaker developed a small bubble in the vaneer and has now cracked open. On delivery the bases that hold the "VERY" expensive crossover section were snapped in half due to a flimsy single box packing job. My 8 year old could have done a better job.
The worst part about this is that the builder wanted to fight with me about a ups claim that "I" was to file and then give him status once I heard back from ups. The gouge and pit mark were shipped this way without my knowledge and had nothing to do with shipping.
I guess I call this a gaffe on my part for trusting this individual.
The worst gaffe I have seen however is someone who posted under a different username than what they thought they were using at the time. Pretty embarrasing and they had the posts deleted immediately to cover up the gaffe which isn't right since it was a vendor making the gaffe. Funny thing is, it was the same person who sold me the speakers!!!!
Back in the 80s, an audiophile friend and I each acquired Decca London cartridges. Being tinkerers, we early on discovered that one could remove the "lid" from the cartridge body and thereby gain access to its innards. There were two little screw adjustments thus made accessible. Independent of each other, and using our own systems as a guide, we played with the screw adjustments to "optimize" the sound, and each of us did reach his own version of Nirvana. It was only several months later, when we got together to compare results, that we realized that each of us had turned a perfectly good stereo cartridge into a mono cartridge, by fussing with its adjustments. Maybe this was an early demonstration of the benefits of mono listening in the stereo era. I do recall we laughed at each other and at ourselves.