Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:57 pm
Location: Lakeland, inbetween Tampa and Orlando, Florida
With the organ chambers and console situated at the front of this enormous music room, in each four corners were these beautiful walnut Klipschorns, powered by two Carver M-500t amps, a C-4000 pre, and two Nakamichi 680ZX cassette decks that he used in conjunction with two Neumann mics and a tube mic pre that I can't recall. When he would "show off" his system to friends, he would slip in a master cassette tape that he recorded of his instrument and play it first with only the two front Klipschorns/one M-500t, and then for shits 'n' giggles fire up the second M-500t for the rear stereo pair of Klipschorns just to blast everyone out of the room! He wasn't interested in quadraphonic reproduction...this was just to show how impressive recordings of the very same pipe organ that was in this room sounded when played back thru his Carver stereo system (and to prove that he could, just because)! Sure did impress this teenager enough to declare that someday I too would own Carver components!
After I graduated in '81, I joined the US Army...in '83 I was stationed in Germany and had learned about all the great military discounts soldiers received on electronics. With $$ saved up, I decided to retire my Quasar boombox and head off to the local PX to their audio & photo department, and after several hours of auditioning equipment I returned to the barracks with a car-load of goodies...a Carver M-400t, C-1 pre and TX-11 tuner, a Nakamichi DRAGON and BX-1 cassette decks, and a pair of JBL L112 Century II monitors (I had no room in the car for Klipsch Cornwalls, and the PX was out of Heresys)!
Later in '84 and '85, I purchased the Carver DTL-100 disc player (when I saw that 1st generation player on the cover of Stereo Review, I knew I had to have one), a harman/kardon CD 491 tape deck to replace the BX-1 I sold to my roommate, and a Denon DP-62L turntable with a Stanton 981HZS cartridge. In the pic below (preparing for an awards ceremony), you can see some of the gear I proudly owned (the amp and CD player are on shelves behind me, and the JBLs are across from me)...ah, the good ol' days!