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Old 01-02-2017, 02:34 PM
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Awesome !!!!!
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:52 PM
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I haven't posted much in the last two because I had a heart attack and am in the hospital. They did a cauterization and put in a stent today, might go home tomorrow.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:12 PM
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Scary news....get well soon.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:48 AM
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Well I'm feeling pretty good and researching pre-amps on the internet, I just bought an ART Pro MPAII Two Channel Tube Pre-amp...It's the best alternative I could find for under $500. I don't have $2,000 for an Avalon. So I went with the ART.
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Aloha Martin Maniac,

I'm truly sorry that you've suffered a heart attack & hope that your recovery is swift. Health is always number one!

I look forward to more of our trivial gear disagreements in the near future. I'm sure we have more in common than not.

All the best, my friend! Get Well Soon!

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Old 01-04-2017, 12:31 PM
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Well I'm feeling pretty good and researching pre-amps on the internet, I just bought an ART Pro MPAII Two Channel Tube Pre-amp...It's the best alternative I could find for under $500. I don't have $2,000 for an Avalon. So I went with the ART.
Good to hear you're feeling good enough to go pre-amp shopping, get well soon! Alohachris is right, the gear arguments are trivial, health isn't!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:40 PM
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Thanks for the kind words. The heart attack was caused by a blocked artery, that was fixed with a stent. I'm still having shortness of breath spells, but they come and go and in between I'm breathing quite normal. Doctor says they'll get better over time. While in the hospital, I'm finding myself with a lot of time on my hands, and they lent me a laptop. So I'm spending my time researching pre-amps. Like I said I bought an ART pre, which I'm sure I'll like. With the other older ART pre I have, I'll end up with 4 channels of tube pre-amps to work with. This will be great for recording multiple guitar players and singers at the same time. So I'm really looking forward to the new addition. Being in the hospital gave me the time to research this, and make a buying decision.
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:12 PM
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I use my MXL 4000's (two of 'em) with an ART MPA II preamp. Sounds pretty good to my ear.

(I also have the ART Pro VLA II compressor)
It's obvious we think alike.....
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:57 AM
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I just ordered some Telefunken Tubes to upgrade the Art MPA II. I found a video on You Tube which showed how to mod the ART. The guy used Telefunken Tubes and played a A/B comparison demo. The Telefunken tubes sounded great...here's a link to that video.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKFrkh1ZUdg


I found the Telefunken matched pair tubes at Reverb.com for $100 shipped...Here's a link...

https://reverb.com/item/638526-match...es-vacuum-tube

Yes you can buy cheaper tubes, but I wanted the Telefunken brand tubes...
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:08 PM
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Just read what you're going through. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:30 PM
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Actually, with the new stent, I'm feeling better than I have in a long time...It really is a big difference.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:22 AM
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Well the ART is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, XLR patch cords on Monday and the Telefunken tubes on Monday too. I'm really looking forward to putting this all together and having the complete package with the Telefunken parts inside. Telefunken has a top shelf name in tubes and mics, and should turn this ART into something really special.

I'm going to try out the ART with the stock tubes first, so I can hear the difference when I put the Telefunken's in.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:03 PM
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If anybody is interested in the MXL Blizzard 4000 mics, you'd better hurry as prices are going up...Guitar Center now has them for $399. I think Musician's Friend is still selling them for $199, but the free 603s deals are gone at both places......

The Telefunken tubes came today with a really cool decal type sticker that'll mount right on the ART.

The patch cables also came, and I have a 110 outlet lined up for the ART. So I'm all ready for it and just have to plug it in.
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:03 PM
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Well the Pro MPS II pre-amp is here. I've been waiting for it all day and it finally arrived. It's cold as ice so I'm going to let it warm up to room temperature before turning it on. It's a beautiful looking piece. Much nicer than in the pictures. It matches perfect with the TPS II I already had. The combination of the two looks very impressive.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:05 PM
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Okay, I installed the Telefunken tubes and did a really quick sound check....

http://www.soundclick.com/html5/v3/p...&q=hi&newref=1
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