Responses from tmiddle

What tube amp to drive Guarneri's?
Have heard them in a showroom with Air Tight ATM-2 amps and it sounded extremely nice. 
Review: Ars Sonum Filarmonia SE Tube amp
Very nice statement JB of your thoughts regarding the Filarmonia. Seems to be coming from your heart and that says something in itself. Hope to get an email from BP anyday now telling me mine have shipped.......Enjoy,Thom 
"new country" music recomendations please
You've gotten some very good recommendations! Get a hold of some or all, you won't be disappointed.I will add a few along the same lines: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wayne Hancock, and Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.have fun,tm 
What new amp for my Merlins
The reason for the delay was that they were in the process of moving their production site. I believe everything is back on line now. I am interested in the heat issue as well. The amp could go on the top of my 3 shelf rack, but it would be nice t... 
What new amp for my Merlins
Tvad,I ordered the Filarmonia last March and expect to be getting it soon. Have TSM-MX's w/TG Audio speaker cables. I'm getting anxious about the new integrated. Have heard so many good things about it. 
Tube DAC to take edge off Rega Planet 2000
An Alpha just showed up this morning on AG. Hurry! 
Discovering New Music.....
Great way to start a thread. Your tastes are really much the same as mine. I am listing "must hear" artists/recordings.Wood Brothers "Ways Not To Lose"Wayne Hancock "That's What Daddy Wants"Karan Casey "Songlines"Iris Dement "Infamous Angel"Kelly ... 
I have one on order. Bobby P. states that it would take 10k in amp/preamp to beat it. Claims that it would embarrass my Plinius SA100 MkIII / Joule LA100 MkIII combo. Price is going up soon and the wait is long but 
What new amp for my Merlins
Take a look at the Ars Sonum Filarmonia integrated. This is what Merlin would recommend. Also consider Manley, Blue Circle, or VAC. 
What are the best pc speakers?
Swans M200's are pretty nice. Got a pair for my daughter last Christmas and she loves `em. Google them, lots of praise and they can be had for just under $200 
wanting info for Duke Elliington - Digital Duke CD
Like "Blues In Orbit"! 
New preamp for merlin tsm's
Not sure if either has the HT pass thru, but check the Manley Shrimp and the Belles 21A preamps. Both have been recommended by Merlin. I have a Joule pre but it wouldn't work for what you need......too bad.good luck,tm 
Advice from Thor, AS, Vac owners
I saw the VAC Avatar for sale and it looks very very nice. I seem to recall reading that VAC gear mates well with the Merlins. (I have the TSM-MX's) I really don't have any advice for you but I am interested in what you end up with and your though... 
Pre-Amp For Plinius Power Amp
I have used a Reference Line PreEminence 2 passive with my SA100 MkIII for several years with very good results. I now use a Joule LA100 MkIII and am extremely happy with this combo as well. 
Speaker Cable for Merlin TSM-MM
Vicks,I second the TG Audio HSR speaker cables. Having run them with my TSM-MM and later TSM-MX's, I can tell you they are a match made in heaven.......with a SS amp, no less. tm