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    deepee99

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    VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:39 pm

    Has anyone ever studied how many nautical miles of this lot of ours live +- the 49th Parallel (as the crow flies)?
    And are there any OCD women who visit or post on the Forum?
    Inquiring minds need to know.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by pichacker on Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:22 am

    I'm 30 miles from London UK.....

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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:04 am

    pichacker wrote:I'm 30 miles from London UK.....

    Steve
    OCD Male.

    Owning a VTA product is like having a classic car or bike, Just can't leave it alone in one piece and always something to polish or improve under the hood Smile

    Yep, Matey. One more pin to polish until you get to Condition Red-Plate cuz you've fattened out the receptacles. I've got a friend who is finishing out an MG-TF from the rubber up. On more year to go, sez he, for the past 15 years or so.

    But with a well-running VTA product, you always know there's a Bentley under that Morris Garage hood Smile if you could just get the carbs right.


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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Dogstar on Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:51 pm

    When my tube amp is idling between music I caress the attenuator while whispering sweet nothings to the tubes.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by sKiZo on Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:30 pm

    Groot!
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:43 pm

    sKiZo wrote:Groot!
    SKOL, albeit we admit to living in Seahawks territory.
    Insofar as this is a cereal thread drift, bemoan the household I know of. He was a two-time Super Bowl ringer for the Viks, now married to a die-hard Paks fan. They met in northern Idaho and now live in northern Wisconsin. Go figger.
    Back on topic, John Beasley is a huge tube junkie.


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    Peter W.

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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Peter W. on Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:18 pm

    The furthest I have lived from the 49th parallel has been 1,140 Nautical Miles miles (30th parallel). The closest has been ~480 NM, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Ernstmach on Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:15 pm

    "The closest has been ~480 NM, Ann Arbor, Michigan"

    So was that a good experience?
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Peter W. on Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:07 am

    Ernstmach wrote:"The closest has been ~480 NM, Ann Arbor, Michigan"

    So was that a good experience?

    Age 2.5 - 10. Ann Arbor was a small town, and we lived on a dirt road. If I walked about 1/2 mile in one direction, I could go to Dairy Queen. In the other, I could catch turtles and frogs. Gone are those days.

    From that to Manhattan.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:24 pm

    Peter W. wrote:
    Ernstmach wrote:"The closest has been ~480 NM, Ann Arbor, Michigan"

    So was that a good experience?

    Age 2.5 - 10. Ann Arbor was a small town, and we lived on a dirt road. If I walked about 1/2 mile in one direction, I could go to Dairy Queen. In the other, I could catch turtles and frogs. Gone are those days.

    From that to Manhattan.

    Ever swing by the Heathkit factory, PeterW? I'd think you'd have been a regular there Smile
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Peter W. on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:29 pm

    Ever swing by the Heathkit factory, PeterW? I'd think you'd have been a regular there Smile[/quote]

    No, not really. I was too young to have any clue. Further, I was raised in a household without a television (but with ~5,000 books) - a status that I maintained until I got married (at 30). But, once in the Philadelphia region, I have observed all three Dynaco locations, and Hafler's location, and been inside Blackwood, and Pennsauken.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by tubes4hifi on Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:48 pm

    DeePee, seems this is really a ruse for you to find an OCD woman, getting tired of the wife?
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:07 pm

    tubes4hifi wrote:DeePee, seems this is really a ruse for you to find an OCD woman, getting tired of the wife?

    Tubes4, friend me on Facebook, see pix of her, and ask again. Not a chance Smile
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by ttownscott on Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:26 pm

    I just looked it up. I'm 146 Statute miles / 126.8 Nautical miles from the 49th parallel. Slightly less as the crow flies.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by hansfob on Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:25 pm

    Another person near London UK - Rickmansworth Very Happy
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    Little further South

    Post by ggnarley on Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:56 pm

    Peter W. wrote:The furthest I have lived from the 49th parallel has been 1,140 Nautical Miles miles (30th parallel). The closest has been ~480 NM, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Columbus Ohio is about 200 miles south of Ann Arbor, so put me down for 680 miles.
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by ViperZ on Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:54 am

    I used to live right near 49th parallel in Ukraine when I was a kid (48th parallel actually).

    Now Toronto is ~43rd parallel, so way south of 49th, which many consider a geographical border between USA and Canada (but only in the west and center of NA).
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by deepee99 on Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:16 pm

    ViperZ wrote:I used to live right near 49th parallel in Ukraine when I was a kid (48th parallel actually).

    Now Toronto is ~43rd parallel, so way south of 49th, which many consider a geographical border between USA and Canada (but only in the west and center of NA).
    Toronto, Montreal and val d'Or being "south" of us here on the 48.5th was a shock to me when I was back there. Still feels colder back there in winters (late effect and all that.)
    I started this thread after noticing that most (not all) of the posters on this board seemed to be from the northern climes like me. I would still use tubes during a Las Vegas July without air conditioning, as I suspect most hard-core audiophiles would, so why this cluster along the cold zones?
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    Re: VTA demographic survey

    Post by Peter W. on Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:19 am

    Toronto, Montreal and val d'Or being "south" of us here on the 48.5th was a shock to me when I was back there. Still feels colder back there in winters (late effect and all that.)
    I started this thread after noticing that most (not all) of the posters on this board seemed to be from the northern climes like me. I would still use tubes during a Las Vegas July without air conditioning, as I suspect most hard-core audiophiles would, so why this cluster along the cold zones?

    I have a scientific wild-a** guess (SWAG):

    a) Most vacuum tubes, back in their heyday were made north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi. Primary manufacturing states were:

    Pennsylvania (Sylvania & Philco)
    New Jersey (RCA, Bendix & Tung-Sol)
    Massachusetts (Raytheon)

    WE is an outlier with their original factory in Kansas City, MO.

    b) Funny thing how audio manufacturers followed along the same lines:

    Scott/AR/KLH/ADS/Advent: MA
    Fisher: NY & PA
    McIntosh, Marantz, Rabco, Harman-Kardon: NY
    Acrosound/Dynaco: PA
    Sherwood: IL

    Much tube research and development came out of MIT & Penn (University of Pennsylvania, or, NOT Penn State), along with a lot of audio R&D.

    So, it would be no surprise that colder climes would be more amenable to vacuum-based audio. And as we Yankees are a parsimonious lot, we don't throw much away, so the stuff accumulates around us like lint.

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