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Old 18th October 2021, 11:53 PM   #271
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Speaker samples arrived! Immaculate rosewood veneer.

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Old 19th October 2021, 12:16 AM   #272
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that is one fine looking monitor !!
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Old 19th October 2021, 12:19 AM   #273
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Thanks! It’s even better in person.

I can’t wait to hear it in stereo! I am still waiting for a back ordered woofer and the rear custom binding post plates.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 03:42 AM   #274
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The new samples of the Vanguard speakers in high gloss finish are here. They sound great paired with a VFET.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 04:12 AM   #275
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Beautiful finish there, X! When might these hit the market?

Shifting gears, literally. My bench has moved to the garage for now. Working on disc break conversion on all 4 wheels of my ‘69 VW Beetle. One of the best parts is the new tools I’m gathering. In particular a torque multiplier. The rear axle nuts on these cars are torqued to 225ft-lbs. After years of driving it can take over 300ft-lbs or more to break them loose. This tool multiplies torque by almost 10:1 making the task as simple as turning a ratchet.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 10:52 AM   #276
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Clever tool - neat. I gave up doing my car repairs about 20 years ago. Sort of like I gave up doing my own woodwork. Besides realizing what Dirty Harry said, “A man’s gotta know his limitations…”, I also hated skinned knuckles and black grime stuck under the finger nails for days after a repair. But worst part was always realizing I was missing a special tool.

I have seen the “Car Ninja” break a few large socket drive bars or the base of the drive socket when removing the main engine axle nut that holds the fan and pulleys on a BMW 7 series. No “torque multiplier”. Just a long handle and super human strength.

Go to 4:40 in the video:
Another Reason BMW V8 Engines Are JUNK! Timing Chain Guides On A 2001 740i Sport - YouTube
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Old 22nd October 2021, 03:29 PM   #277
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I definitely pick my battles when it comes to car repair. The minivan goes to the shop. The Subaru, I took to the shop twice, and both times ended up fixing shoddy work myself. I have to find a better shop for that one. The VW is a hobby car. Feels great to keep the old girl running and hopefully pass down to the kids some day.

We have similar taste in YouTube subscriptions, X! Hoovies Garage is great. I bet the Car Wizard has the right tool for the job. Or probably why he's not the BMW mechanic. I feel like a lot of those cars are a lost cause after watching all the Car Ninja videos from Hoovie.
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Speaking of Subaru’s and Beetles, you must have seen this one.

SLEEPER BUG: 517 HP Subaru-Powered 1973 VW Super Beetle | Nicole Johnson's Detour EP1 - YouTube

Hoovie’s garage shows why BMW mechanics are wealthier than their owners.
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I did see that one! Pretty common swap as far as engine swaps for Beetles go. I thought about it for a quick second but all the mods for the water cooling system turned me off. Here's an even better swap IMHO. ..:: Willkommen @ BUGSTER.at ::.. This guy swapped an entire chassis from a Boxster S into/under his Beetle. No surprise, he's German!

No joke, BMW mechanic must be one of the best paid professions!

Back to the Vangards though. How many different speakers are you working on for LSA right now?
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LSA Signature 50 in production
Coming up:
LSA Signature 80 Reference Monitor (rosewood box above)
LSA Signature 100 with ribbon tweeter and passive radiator

Vanguards are under Vera-Fi Audio brand. New company.
Vera-Fi Bookshelf Monitor (Vanguard)
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