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Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by WaynerN, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have recently decided that I had been in the AVA camp too long. A change would be good for me, and good for them. I have been with them since 2004(?) and it has been fun, but challenging. I have no plans to pursue any other audio directions, just going to do the retirement thing.

    I wish Frank and company the best.

    Wayner
     

     

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  2. macyjrm

    macyjrm AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Congratulations Wayner. I find retirement to be entirely satisfactory.
     
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  3. cason

    cason AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Congratulations! Hope you enjoy retirement as much as I do.
     
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  4. Frank Sol

    Frank Sol Addicted Member

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    :thumbsup:

    More time to fidget with your turntables :)
     
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  5. alteclipsch

    alteclipsch Super Member

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    My experience with Frank Van Alstine goes back to 1972 when I visited his home office (called Jensen's Stereo Shop I think) and got started in a lifetime of audio as a hobby. Still have my little Sherwood receiver. I hope your experience working with him was as good as mine buying and getting advice from him. I'm retired and still live in the area, retirement is so great! Good luck!
     
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  6. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I wished that we lived closer. It is very difficult to design stuff over the phone, or thru emails, but we did get it done, maybe sometimes with some hair pulling......
     

     

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    fredgarvin AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    He has some new offerings that are getting good reviews.
     
  8. E-Stat

    E-Stat AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Enjoy your retirement! I'm in a glidepath for retirement in about five years myself.

    FVA always seemed to be a pragmatic guy. I learned much of the value of stiff power supplies from his work back in the mid 70s when I used a Jensen's Stereo FET-5 preamp. I took a page from his Double Dyna 400 work and quadrupled the capacitance (along with new bridge) of an otherwise good sounding Audire One power amp - which really transformed it in terms of transparency and dynamic punch. Joules do matter!
     
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    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    Enjoy your retirement. Just keep posting here. Your knowledge, experience and wisdom is greatly appreciated.
     
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  10. John James

    John James "Bob's your uncle" (Stolen) Subscriber

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    What he said!
     
  11. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Congrats, WaynerN. Enjoy thyself.
     

     

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  12. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Thanks gentlemen. It's 90° outside right now, I just passed up on a pair of Klipsch 1.5s (I think) at the antique store and it doesn't even bother me for some reason. I think I'll spin some vinyl 'till the MInnesota Gophers are on at 2:30.

    All is well......so far.
     
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  13. IPADave

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    Good for you! Enjoy your free time. As other have said, I hope you stay in our community.

    -Dave
     
  14. gdmoore28

    gdmoore28 Super Member

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    What was your job there, Wayne?'

    GeeDeeEmm
     
  15. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    WaynerN,

    Best wishes on your retirement. We want you to still be with us, and chime in from time to time.
     
  16. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I was the mechanical designer (metal work), CAD designing.

    I built the Grado Longhorns.

    I designed and made the cartridge alignment tools for turntables.
     
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  17. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    You guys are probably going to sick of me! I'll be right here.
     
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  18. restorer-john

    restorer-john Addicted Member

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    Make me a Rumpel messkoppler? We could CNC it and sell them for a ton of money. :)
     
  19. WaynerN

    WaynerN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I did get to meet some interesting people while with AVA.

    Dennis Murphy

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    Jim Salk

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    Mary Salk

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    Stereophile's Mikey Fremer

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    The whole crew at AVA

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    And nothing to do with anything.......some Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

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    Friends at RMAF (from the Audiocircles audio forum)

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  20. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

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    Enjoy your retirement!
    Regards,
    Jim
     

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