Responses from fbgbill

Anyone Seen a Feb 2022 Stereophile Issue??
Got mine on Tuesday this week.  
Are tubes psychological?
I do not have tube amps but my pre and phono pre have tubes but I cannot see them. What I can see on everything are big blue meters and they do have a calming affect on me while listening. Yes I am addicted to blue meters...!  
What'd You Get For Xmas?
2 Leo Kottke albums  1 Brandi Carlile album Power Conditioner on order..!  
Devore or Audio Note or other sensitive speakers: wanting to listen in Denver
@whart @hilde45 It is interesting to hear you both talk about Austin. I was born there in 1949 but now live in Fredericksburg. We retired here in 2016. Except for 4 years working in Amarillo I lived my entire life in Austin. The goto audio store w... 
Why Are People So Concerned About How Others Spend Their Money?
The wife and I each worked for over 50 years. We had no kids and invested heavily . When I turned 70 she told me to go buy that Porsche I had always wanted. I hesitated because I did not want to come across as pretentious. My neighbor said WGAF..!... 
Not manufactured any more.
Very interesting and many I have never heard of. Great to see these.   
How much gear do you own?
In my main listening room which I started about two years ago after sort of being out of audio for 30 years, I generally trade in what ever I am replacing. Not much room for extra stuff. At 72 I tend to shed extra stuff whenever I can. I even trad... 
The Gaia not only work but look great as well. Pricey yes but worth it from my perspective. Used them for years.   
Tube Preamps that work well with SS amps?
McIntosh C2600 and McIntosh MC611 mono blocks. Never slow or soggy...!  
Tube Vs. SS Preamps
When I decided to get really invested, I bought a demo McIntosh C2600 tube preamp and matched it to a pair of MC611 mono blocks. Could not be more pleased with the results. FWIW  
Tube Line Stage around $5k
McIntosh C2600. I purchased mine for $4500 as a store display model. Not sure it was ever actually plugged in. Very reliable. FWIW  
Gamut Lobster Chair
I looked for a small recliner to fit my room because it is rather small. I bought the Tyler leather recliner from Pottery Barn. Very comfortable for me. FWIW  
Magico A5 or Sonus faber SERAFINO TRADITION or Harbeth 40.3 XD
FWIW Sonus Faber is a wolly owned subsidiary of McIntosh Group which also owns McIntosh Labs. McIntosh labs procuces all of the McIntosh audio products. I have heard that the McIntosh speakers are made buy Sonus Faber or at least the high end mode... 
Bands/artists you never got to see live in their heyday, but would've liked to.
@jjss49  I am sure Bocelli still performs. I bought one of his newest albums a few months back. I would need to travel many miles to see him I would guess.   
Bands/artists you never got to see live in their heyday, but would've liked to.
Bill EvansArt PepperAndrea Bocelli