Latest Shiny Things

Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
Alright....I'll take the bait. Here's my latest "shiny things".....a collection of around 3000 LPs. I rented a moving truck and will be driving down to Chicago tomorrow to pack them up and bring them home. I expect to have a sore back for a few days. I've been told that they are an impeccably-maintained classical record collection....at least they were before the realtor unceremoniously removed them from their climate controlled shelves and were stacked like cordwood in a damp garage...luckily it's only been a few weeks, so there shouldn't be any long-term moisture-related issues....probably nothing more than dusty covers and some bent corners.

stacks of wax by Luke, on Flickr

Once the hard work of moving them is over, I look forward to finding out what is all in there....sorting the wheat from the chaff, and hopefully selling enough of the chaff to cover the expense of the moving truck and a bottle of pain relief (I'm leaning towards bourbon, although a gin martini is always nice with some chamber music). Here's hoping their taste wasn't completely daft....although usually a collection like that isn't put together by a half wit.
 

rayvonn

Hall of Famer
Jan 19, 2015
Alright....I'll take the bait. Here's my latest "shiny things".....a collection of around 3000 LPs. I rented a moving truck and will be driving down to Chicago tomorrow to pack them up and bring them home. I expect to have a sore back for a few days. I've been told that they are an impeccably-maintained classical record collection....at least they were before the realtor unceremoniously removed them from their climate controlled shelves and were stacked like cordwood in a damp garage...luckily it's only been a few weeks, so there shouldn't be any long-term moisture-related issues....probably nothing more than dusty covers and some bent corners.

stacks of wax by Luke, on Flickr

Once the hard work of moving them is over, I look forward to finding out what is all in there....sorting the wheat from the chaff, and hopefully selling enough of the chaff to cover the expense of the moving truck and a bottle of pain relief (I'm leaning towards bourbon, although a gin martini is always nice with some chamber music). Here's hoping their taste wasn't completely daft....although usually a collection like that isn't put together by a half wit.
Lucky you didn't have a sister that sold off your vinyl collection after you moved out eh? (not that I'm bitter or anything like that!)
 

gryphon1911

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
Will be here Saturday.


2 steps up from the current Grados I have, the SR80e.
These SR225e have a more tamed treble section and a better low end.

But this guy is the real "shiney":
Little Dot Mk II Tube Amp


Much warmer and fuller sounds than the solid state amp I have.

My ears are in heaven!! :)
 
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kyteflyer

~@¿@~
Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Alright....I'll take the bait. Here's my latest "shiny things".....a collection of around 3000 LPs.

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Here's hoping their taste wasn't completely daft....although usually a collection like that isn't put together by a half wit.
WOW!!! You bought them without knowing what was there? Brave man!!
 

kyteflyer

~@¿@~
Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
I opted to buy a 2017 iPad pro (12.9") and Smart Keyboard. Hated the keyboard, it was missing they function keys I had got used to having with my Logitech Type+ (iPad Air2) and so I have sent that back and acquired a Logitech Slim Combo smart keyboard and case, with which I am very pleased!

Rather than a photo, I'll post a link. I bought mine on ebay at a significant discount.
Logitech Slim Combo iPad Pro Case with Detachable Keyboard & Smart Connector
 

demiro

Serious Compacts For Life
Dec 15, 2011
Will be here Saturday.
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2 steps up from the current Grados I have, the SR80e.
These SR225e have a more tamed treble section and a better low end.

But this guy is the real "shiney":
Little Dot Mk II Tube Amp
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Much warmer and fuller sounds than the solid state amp I have.

My ears are in heaven!! :)
the Little Dot + Grados is a great combo. Be careful though, soon you'll have a drawer full of tubes. It is fun to try different options to tweak sound. The stock tubes with the Little Dot are fine, but it is kind of like a kit lens vs a nice prime.
 

gryphon1911

All-Pro
Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
the Little Dot + Grados is a great combo. Be careful though, soon you'll have a drawer full of tubes. It is fun to try different options to tweak sound. The stock tubes with the Little Dot are fine, but it is kind of like a kit lens vs a nice prime.
Yeah, that's all I need is another collection of stuff! lol
 

Lightmancer

Legend
Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
I've been buying smart bulbs lately; they are getting really affordable. I have 2 in the lounge, 1 in the dining room and one on the upstairs landing. They are all controlled by Alexa. I have set up a number of scenarios. "start my day" (all bulbs 40% bright, red, Echo in the kitchen delivering flash briefing) "dinner" (lounge lights - 100%, daylight, all devices announcing "dinner is served") "relax" (lounge 40%, gold) and "goodnight" (all lights off except landing, 40% red)

My favourite is "battle stations"... All lights flash red, all devices play a Star Trek red alert klaxon and announce "deflectors to maximum, Sir") ... :biggrin:
 

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