Responses from pehare

Non-fatiguing speakers in $10K range?
Tannoy Gold Reference series, the best you can buy for 10k and Accuphase is a renoun classic pairing.  
Best music in 2024
@slaw X 2 on the new Bonnie Light Horseman cheers  
Final Decision On An Integrated Amp
I recommend the Cary SLI-80HS as @pdreher mentioned.  I've owned the SLI-80 F-1 and after years away just bought another - it's that good.  I've owned the Audio Research vsi55 and the original Cronus Magnum and they're not even close.  It's better... 
Cary SLI-80 tweaks and improvements?
A couple things here as I’ve owned the SLI-80 a couple times both upgraded F-1 varieties. It’s a great amp and IMO will never be confused sound wise with SS and has definitely has that tube magic with the right speakers. Duane, the upgraded volume... 
Should we care if a piece of equipment comes from a pet-free, kid-free, smoke-free home?
Years ago I bought a nice pair of speaker cables that arrived reeking of tobacco smoke.  Being a former smoker years ago who can't stand the smell now it was quite foul.  Tried rubbing alcohol wipe down to no avail.  Eventually the smell dissipate... 
Old Victrola
I've owned a Victrola and still have a 1905 Edison w/morning glory horn shown in my virtual system.  Here's a great source for parts repairs and units for sale I used to buy needles from.  Steel needles need to be replaced after each play or your ... 
McIntosh MC275 vs Dynaco ST70
@rankaudio nicely done.  I enjoy your youtubes and have a Will Vincent ST-70 myself.  Kenny's builds look great and keep up the good work.    
Speaker Cables : Moderate priced
+1 @kennymacc been using mine for well over a decade occasionally comparing to others w/no plans to change.  
Can you touch the tubes?
Roger Modjeski (RIP) aka Music Reference, The Authority on tubes said '"yes, it's fine to touch tubes just get the peanut butter off your fingers"  
Cary SLI-80HS modifications
@txp1 Thanks for the info my unit hasn't sold yet so I may seek some out to fill the cage holes like you did or at least send them to the new owner.  FYI, a local friend says the Linlai 6SN7's are really good in his 300sei if and when you decide t... 
Speaker cable recommendations
@kennymacc +1 on the JPS Super 3's so good I had to buy them twice.  
Cary SLI-80HS modifications
@txp1 Cool thanks for the info.  Looks like Cary used allen head screws like on the side panels according to manual as a kind poster just responded to your other thread about side panels.  
Cary SLI-80HS modifications
@txp yeah, no doubt.  Curious what screws did Cary say work to fill in the cage hole screws and what did you use?  It'll be interesting to hear about the side panels as well, enjoy!  
Cary SLI-80HS modifications
My unit decided to quit working after just a few hours:(  Sent it back to Cary and it turned out to be a connection came loose on a Solen cap lead.  Cary did a great job quickly on the short trip from FL to NC and I have the unit back in a sealed ... 
RIP Jimmy Buffett
Otis Gibbs has a really good youtube video that just came out on Jimmy by one of his close musician friends from the old days. My best memory of him is Orange Bowl Miami around 1980 with Dave Mason....can’t remember who opened for who but what a g...