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Old 13th May 2003, 02:04 PM   #1
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Hi Folks

I live in Bangalore, India, have been bitten by the audio bug for about 4 years now. I have made my own speaker systems, one a two way and a couple of MTMs, as well as two powered subs. I also have made a ss preamp and the AKSA ss power amp, as well as a tube amp. I visit the US every year and bring components past the customs guys, who dont know anything about these things!

Any of you Bangalore guys, do get in touch!

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Old 14th May 2003, 01:51 PM   #2
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Hi Gjo,

You'll like the forum, I'm sure.
Please pop over tho the Tubes forum and tell us about your tube (valve) amp.

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Old 14th May 2003, 02:04 PM   #3
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Hi Dhaen

My tube amp is a kit that I got into india in bits and pieces. Its a Welborne Labs 35 wpc push pull design, sounds very good when it works, but it was a bit more complex that I assumed it would be when I ordered it, and I bungled up a bit while assembling it. It's had some teething troubles, and I have had to get n ss amp as a back up(the AKSA).

I will be posting on a thread about some information or assitance I need about a plate sub amp that has atranformer problem-this is a 250watts amp which needs a new transformer or I need to get the old one rewound. I dont have any specs on the tranny( Taiwanse barnd amp) and will start looking for help as soon as I am free. I am also completing my HT speakers, and Audax design from Joe D'Appolito-the centre channel is done, I have to sit and assemble the Main L-R..

This is an expensive and time consuming hobby!

George
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Old 14th May 2003, 03:36 PM   #4
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George,

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This is an expensive and time consuming hobby!
It certainly is! But we have the choice

Yes, please do come over to the Tube forum. We have a lot of combined knowledge and enthusiasm there.

Cheers,
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Old 24th May 2003, 04:28 AM   #5
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Thumbs up hello from bangalore here too

Hi dhaen,

good to hear that someone from bangalore is into this diy stuff.I am from bangalore too and into mostly the speaker diy . would love to get a kit for the tube amp and assemble it. Anyway I live in toronto now,and havin fun building speakers I had build a 12" shiva sub with dual 15" passive radiators , boy they rock.

Anyway good luck to you and hey I am from Cantonment in B'lore.


have fun
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Old 24th May 2003, 04:30 AM   #6
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Talking sorry i screwed up!

It should have been HI GEORGE and not Dhaen


Anyway have fun dhaen too
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Old 24th May 2003, 05:14 AM   #7
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Hi Tony

I live near Cooke Town, not too far from the ITC factory.!

Yes, I have also heard good things about the Shiva driver-I bought my second 12 inch driver from Lambda Acoustics, and use a single 15 inch PR.Both these drivers were offered on the basslist at intrroductory special pricing a few years ago. Getting one more PR would have been nice, but I got slammed for Customs for it and decided one would do! The Lambda sub is also very good, it's mated to a 175 watts plate amp.

Problem for us folks here is that anything imported attracts 80-100% customs duty, so I have to get these bits and pieces in when I come on work to the US every year. Fortunately the Customs guys dont know head or tail about components, and a Scanspeak or Raven tweeter is just another piece of metal for them..Even preamps and power amp kits can come in this way without attracting their notice.

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Old 24th May 2003, 05:32 AM   #8
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Even preamps and power amp kits can come in this way without attracting their notice.
Don't be too sure about this. I have come across customs officers with detailed knowledge about electronics. Times have changed.
And they have the Internet too------------!

Do you know that if they want they can charge you duty on every individual component you have? Then you really get slammed and it can turn out to be very expensive.
Generally they ignore most of these things unless they are TV or video camera and gold related. So always be nice and NEVER argue. Always plead !! You are not in the drivers seat .
With an allowance of about US$250/- you can get away with many things ( worth more than that).
Makes DIY even more exciting in India!
Have fun.
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Old 24th May 2003, 08:00 AM   #9
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Hi George,
I am from Bangalore (Malleswaram). Welcome to this forum.

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Old 24th May 2003, 10:49 AM   #10
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Ashok

I dont dispute that there may be guys working for Customs who know a lot..

OTOH, I am speaking from the experience of having brought in about 25 small drivers-mids and tweeters and two large 12 inch subs over the past 4 years, when by and large no one who is knowledgable about these things has hassled me. The drivers have been Scanspeaks, Focals, Audax, Raven etc. With regard to the internet, I havent yet come across a Customs guy sitting at the arrival lounge at Bombay or Bangalore with a PC connected to the internet having the skills to browse and catch incoming passengers so far..I have also brought in at least 6 kit amps/modules in bits and pieces.If the product is branded box-I brought some Onkyo gear-then you will get nabbed for sure!

I wouldnt worry too much about the $250 allowance, I usually bring in at least $800-1000 worth of stuff each time, I have done this every year for the past 4-5 years!

Again, it is possible in the future that they may clamp down..

Vivek, call me sometime at 5478460, we can meet up!

George
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