Stereo? Who needs
stereo? Larry Dean Moore came up next with a 10Y coupled to a 10Y dual stage tube
single-ended single channel dual-chassis unit. Two chassis, one channel, two output
tubes, nothing else. Ya got that mate? He played a killer mono vinyl tune by
Miles Davis. Over the years i have heard people argue that mono is where the
"real" music is at. They go on how stereo causes phase problems,
etc. Mono, stereo... who cares when Miles was sounding soooo good.
Mr. Blackie Pagano gave no real introduction to his tube goody and just
got to the music. Last song Blackie played was Wilco "Being There".
Wilco is a loud rowdy band hard rockin' band. Blackie is a great example of the
wonderful and unique people in the DIY community. The guy has, like, all these
tattoos and is a self admitted gear-head. Ya know, my kinda dude.
Everyone was waiting to hear this huge amplifier (as seen above).
Finally, Dave Slagle
played this huge conglomeration of massive tube ecstasy. It was none other then
Tracy Chapman playin' Gimme One Good Reason exhuming this time from the
speakers. This is a product of the internet he said. To quote an e-mail i just
got from Dave-dude "The outputs were designed by a German engineer, Michael Ulbrich,
who is not a winder by trade (I guess hobbyist was a poor choice of words). He set out to
build a better mousetrap, and IMO succeeded. These outputs are in the same class with the
Tango, and Tamura nickel and amorphous core outputs, and represent the cutting edge of
Last up came Mr. Yoshioka and his amplifier is based on the 6C33
Russian-made vacuum tube. His single chassis stereo amplifier uses all Tango
transformers and a few commented it was one of the best sounds of the show. It was a
truly unique design. Of course the craftsmanship was top notch too. A DIY unit
doesn't need to look DIY. In fact most of the DIY amplifiers looked very
professional at the show. (Humor) Something you could be proud to bring home to your
In the end a great time seemed to be had by all. There was an
enormous feeling of togetherness as the DIY/Tube/Music loving community gathered together
for a day of music, memories and fun. For those who didn't make it to the show, i am
very grateful that you can see it via this internet report. A great big
thanks/shouts to all those who helped make this show possible. See ya next year!
Enjoy the Music.
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