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I got a quote about a year ago for some dual concentric Grayhills. Very expensive as I recall and a sizeable minimum order. Hollow shaft single wafer types would be very interesting. Count me in.

Cheers

Ian
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The Lab / Re: EMI TG mic preamp schematic
« Last post by ruffrecords on Today at 07:18:47 PM »
If it's anything like the Neve 3 transistor amplifier, then  they read the same wireless world article that others did.  Apparently the 3 transistor amplifier used was borrowed from a wireless world article. They were not the not ones to use it.

That is the second time someone has mentioned a Wireless World article. I am not inclined to believe it unless someone can produce the actual article.

Back to the main topic, since this is a stand alone device, there is strictly speaking no need for the emitter follower since the preamp drives a single well defined load. So maybe the topology was changed slightly for this product. It would not be hard to do.

Cheers

ian
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We often added direct inputs to a custom design. Simply a 31267 wired 10K:600 and 15K feed resistor to each bus. Would that do you?

Cheers

ian
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Hi all, finally got my build completed and calibrated. Everything is sounding great.

However, I'm having some trouble with the knobs not sitting flush to the face. I have large gaps of different widths. It seems that some of the pots have a longer shaft that others, preventing the knobs from sitting closer. After spending so many hours on the internal build, I want the outside to look clean too! Any solutions?

Pics here:
http://i.imgur.com/mLtbrhN.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RR55QDn.jpg

Thanks!

That is how they should sit. You don't want them dragging on the nut or even worse the faceplate which will leave bad marks.  Just pull the closer one out a little to match the other and lock it down.

Mike
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Hi all, finally got my build completed and calibrated. Everything is sounding great.

However, I'm having some trouble with the knobs not sitting flush to the face. I have large gaps of different widths. It seems that some of the pots have a longer shaft that others, preventing the knobs from sitting closer. After spending so many hours on the internal build, I want the outside to look clean too! Any solutions?

Pics here:
http://i.imgur.com/mLtbrhN.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RR55QDn.jpg

Thanks!
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do any of the transistors have to be hfe matched?
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Brewery / Re: follow the money
« Last post by Phrazemaster on Today at 06:43:55 PM »
Capitalism provides the most opportunity for the most people... you have to work to win...

JR
And herein also lies the heart of what is wrong with capitalism. By "win" you might as well say "live." Because many struggle with that as a daily reality. It's not about getting more cars and houses, it's about feeding yourself and your family - and when those are the stakes of the game, it isn't fun anymore. Nor is it fair.

Of course we want people to work hard and incentivise them to draw forth their excellence - something capitalism purports to do - but is that really what's needed to bring out the best in people?

Think of the truly great people throughout history. Which of them were great capitalists? MLK? Ghandi? Mozart? Einstein? Tesla? Joan of Arc?

Which of these truly greatly admired men or women were great capitalists?

No, our excellence comes from within.

Capitalism is a damn crappy system, and we should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing it to perpetuate. There IS something better even if I can't articulate it. Maybe one of you can. Don't think for a second that we are just audio/gear guys so what could we come up with?

Only, maybe, a much better solution. What do you think?
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The Lab / Re: EMI TG mic preamp schematic
« Last post by pucho812 on Today at 06:40:52 PM »
If it's anything like the Neve 3 transistor amplifier, then  they read the same wireless world article that others did.  Apparently the 3 transistor amplifier used was borrowed from a wireless world article. They were not the not ones to use it.
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Brewery / Re: follow the money
« Last post by Phrazemaster on Today at 06:35:53 PM »
What's being left out of discussion is that the game really is rigged. It's not "victim mentality" as you say - in fact the sad part is the enthusiasm with which people embrace the system with the hope to create "the dream."

It's called "the dream" for a very good reason - because for most people it is just that.

I am not for a second advocating lying down in the street and demanding others take care of me - I pull my weight, hard. What I am saying is this system is by, for, and perpetuated by and for, the rich. To say that the common prol really has a say in what goes on is just plain delusion. We do not. My vote does not count. Your vote does not count. The puppets they parade in front of us generally all have the same agenda once elected, no matter which party they are in.

It's not being a victim to cry "foul" in a game - it's recognizing what is, for what is.

I also don't subscribe to the view that "many others smarter than myself have failed to come up with something better, so why try?"

I know you didn't say that JR - you said in fact you are open to other systems - but the general attitude is one of acquiescence. We are not beaten until we shrug our shoulders and say it's just the way it is, or stop the fierce spirit of life that is within.

You cannot regulate wolves. The regulators themselves are either wolves themselves, or owned by them. The system regulating itself is a joke - what you see IS a product of the system "regulating itself," which it doesn't. Oh they make a show of it from time to time, but soon as media attention falls off it's back to business as usual.

I am not saying all aspects of capitalism are "evil" or bad - in fact I shared a few (I think) valuable concepts here.

1) We all want to see the fruits of our labor come back to us in some way. That's decidedly a capitalistic principle, and I agree with it

2) We all want to find meaning and value in what we do - this is not necessarily part of capitalistic principles, and it's part of what's wrong with it. The system does not provide an easy way for an individual to freely move around to discover such things - not when the mortgage and mouths to feed are staring them down

3) Money does nothing. Absolutely, unequivocally, nothing. PEOPLE do. As soon as we can see the money charade for what it is - a paper or digital puppet standing between a person and their labors - we realize that it isn't necessary.

Money is only necessary when you want to control people. It does not, and never will, create a fair system or any kind of system that will be universally sustainable. It is, as has been pointed out, a gigantic Monopoly game. There's also a reason they call this game Monopoly - because to play it well you have to screw over everyone else.

How is it that we have a system that brings out the worst qualities in humanity - and also provides that the worst characters rise to power?

I realize corruption is inherent in the human condition, and not capitalism - any system can become corrupted. But what we have here is a classic case of bait and switch. Trade your life for "the dream." Because for most, that's all you're ever going to get, despite working hard or smart.

Watch "The Island" for a perfect analogy of this principle. It's a great sci-fi with Ewan McGregor and Charlotte Johansen. Can't go wrong with this couple.
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Brewery / Re: follow the money
« Last post by tands on Today at 06:32:29 PM »
  The arguments that this is based on exploitation of weakness may appeal to those embracing a victim mentality.

Right, because those who reject being exploited or exploiting do so because they're 'embracing a victim mentality'. What a cheap little smear. You're saying 'might makes right', be a victimizer not a victim, and you make my point that capitalism runs the arrangement and exploitation of the weakness of others, who would not be in as weakened a state if it weren't for capitalism and capitalists. It's nice to have it clear that we all understand that.

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