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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Axpona show starts today and wish I was there. Too  much keeping me here this year, but next year should be much different.

The day before

I often write today’s post yesterday, then schedule its release early in the morning. This prompts concerned emails from readers wondering if I ever sleep. And yes, I do. Eight good ones a night. But, thank you for your concern.

Today, which will be yesterday when you read this, is set up day at Axpona. It’s a day most of you never get to see or experience. And, that’s both good and bad. Good, because it’s a lot of work you don’t have to do. Bad, because many of you might enjoy the setup process. We have one day to convert a hotel room into a display area and listening room.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

This year we have what looks like a decent room for audiophile sound. It’s not a square and it’s not shaped too oddly, as hotel rooms often are. We’ll set the Golden Ear Tritons 1/3 the way from the front wall, slightly off center, and then line the audio equipment up on racks.

The first few notes of music tell me instantly what level of trouble I am in: dialing it in or rearranging everything.

If you’re in Schaumburg Illinois this weekend, please do stop by and have a snack or drink on us.

We’re right outside the big convention area to the left of registration. Journey Creation rooms.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The next post from Paul reminds me of my first business venture into high end audio. It’s about the beauty of audiophile gear.

For around one year, about 17 years ago, I imported a beautiful tube based, transformer coupled preamp made in Australia.  It had a Jarrah wood chassis. The top plate and the transformers that sat on top of the preamp,  were covered in chrome. There were two domes on top of the preamps, covering the two external output transformers. They were striking.  Some of the preamps could be ordered with a copper top plate and even shiny copper domes, which were even more striking

The very first one I received didn’t work and I brought it over to my friend Andy, who was the only guy I knew that could work on it. We popped open the cover and saw the biggest mess of wiring either of us had ever seen. Think bowl of spaghetti and you get the idea.

While it was on the bench, my friend Cornelius came over, took one look at it and uttered, “I want that preamp”. I jokingly asked him if we needed to fix it first, or if he just wanted to look at it. He eventually bought one that worked out of the box and  several months later asked me to sell it for him as he wasn’t computer literate at the time. I did this for him and that produced the one and only negative rating  on my Audiogon score, as apparently the preamp had a problem he did not disclose to me and I did not find out about until almost a month after he shipped it to his buyer.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as Corn probably wasn’t totally forthcoming with me and I didn’t learn there was a problem with the preamp, until negative feedback got left.  I was able to get the negative rating erased as the buyer disappeared off of Audiogon, but this took time and effort.

So, that first one went back to Australia at a cost of $200 there and $200 back, and while I stuck with trying to sell them for one year, it became not fun, so I stopped before I got into financial trouble with the line.

I had a similar problem with the first pair of monoblock power amplifiers I imported from him, which went back and forth between here and Australia twice at a cost of over $1000 for shipping, but that story can be for another day.

The builder was a great guy, but had his way of doing things that I could not live with as this meant service nightmares and nobody here would work on them.

So, that ended that.

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