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Ikeda 407 Tone Arms - New or Vintage
I doubt the US importer will recommend a vintage model.Try to ping Agon member Rauliruegas. I'm interested in what you find out. 
Live Performances Gone Awry
I agree with Maineiac...and LOVE Chastain. I've seen some great concerts and some real stinkers. You really have to manage your expectation and just assume your going to be around idiots. Most of the time you can put up with the candelabra crowd a... 
Affordable "audiophile" network player?
Looks like we have some Squeezbox fans here... please help me understand why everyone loves these so much. I'm with Rbstehno on this: don't you still need a computer and a DAC? 
How do you rip CDs on a new version mac mini?
With thishttp://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRF82SD22LS/and thishttp://tmkk.pv.land.to/xld/index_e.htmlYou could go cheaper on the drive but I like OWC's service, warranties and tech help. I also use their external hard drives, so, the one stop sh... 
What component is responsible for dynamics ?
The horn component. 
Just received The Complete Elvis Presley Masters
Agree with your comment on how well he was recorded. I have heard several different compilation/catalog and they all sounded good.I have "Elvis Presley Hitstory" distributed by RCA/Sony/BMG which is 3 cd compilation which sounds excellent as well.... 
Rockport Sirius III & Micro Seiki 8000 comparison
Thuchan... You are much wise master.Great posts fellas. I'll be watching this one. 
Any pleasant surprises because of guest appearance
I was at Grateful Dead show and Stevie Winwood sat in the whole night. They covered "I'm a Man" and is still one of the most memorable songs I've ever heard live. 
Toots Thielemans
Good stuff... Thanks fellas. 
Muddy Waters'
Hey... this thread is ALIVE!How bout some more recommendations of some good sounding minimalists blues recording of "Folk Singer" ilk.The only other one I think that is comparable is Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, "Alone and Acoustic"This kind of str... 
Name 3 under appreciated pop/rock drummers
Here's one:Stanton Moore of Galactic. A tasty roux of Gumbo-Funk, can rock like Bohnam and Moon, and the finesse of a great jazz drummer. 
Toots Thielemans
Saw him in Paris at the Louvre with Lionel Hampton's Band.How's that for one upmanship.Somebody must have listened to PBS last night. 
On a mission for more BASS
Figure out a way to get a pair of these in your system:http://www.danleysoundlabs.com/pdf/DTS%2010%20spec%20sheet.pdf 
Live Performances Gone Awry
Did anybody else see Lucinda Williams read her own lyrics off a sheet of paper on Austin City Limits while she mumbled/sang? Bazaaro.On the other hand, it has always amazed me how some artists, Jerry Garcia comes to mind, can remember 1000's of so... 
Best speakers to use with Mahi Mahi amps
Living Voice IBXR2's sounded great with these amps. They liked the long wall and needed a little room.A pair of vintage 15" or 12" Dual Concentric Gold Tannoys in a custom cabinet were also a good match.