Sunday, August 5, 2018

Dynaco Lives II

In a previous post, I described my upgrades to old 70's Dynaco equipment.  Well, just as I finished upgrading the power supply and jack field, new line cards were announced.  So I immediately ordered them, with the JFET OP2134 op amp option, and once again tore into the PAT-5 preamp.  Gilding the lily, I also ordered a step volume control from Goldpoint.  Several hours over several days, I finished the preamp once again.  Below is a pic during the install, and a couple of the finished mods.  The opamps are at the bottom of the cards, but the stepped volume control is prominent.j

Thanks again to Dan at Update My Dynaco for the mods.  The sound is great, and the pleasure of renewing these classic components is indescribable.

Finally a pic of the current setup with an HHb 850 CDR and Wharfedale Diamond 225 speakers.  Hirez files are played from a new iPod and Oppo DAC.  In the background is the Dynaco Stereo 120 power amp previously upgraded.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cosmic on West Temple

Thanks to Jane, we have this pic of the Cosmic Aeroplane during its stay on West Temple.  All is gone, now, urban renewal has supplanted this building with some very modern stuff.  Too bad Gracie's wasn't nearby during the Cosmic years...

Friday, June 22, 2018

Arts Fest Relief

Well, it's arts fest time again.  Last year, I noticed a new trend, and a new way to "support" the arts, by giving a crap!  Yep, I found out I could sponsor a PortaPotty! and get a fun plaque on the potty announcing the sponsorship.  This year I noticed several clever plaques.  Note:  you need to click on the pics until they reach full size to read the plaques.

The first was a marriage proposal!

And a tribute to our liquor commission...

A nod to John Oliver and one of his This Week Tonight skits...

A great idea for our Prez' legacy...

Finally, the best..  and biggest!  

Can't wait for next year...  and more clever PortaPotties!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

Several years have gone by since I've attended, but I finally got to the latest Palm Springs Film Noir Festival.  A great lineup this year, including several rarities, including "Larceny", with Shelly Winters doing a great femme fatale role.  On Mother's Day, how appropriate for film noir, we were presented with Richard Widmark's crazed role tying up a mother in her wheelchair and pushing her down the stairs...  oh, how the audience howled, moaned, and even laughed...  we noiristas are so jaded...   Check out "Kiss of Death".  And the famous wheelchair scene...

The weekend was appropriately summarized by this T-shirt (from "Hollow Triumph").

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Taco, Taco

Our new favorite eating place (actually it's been around for awhile)...  Absolutely delicious tacos (I recommend the Al Pastor), plus a few other Mexi eats as well.  Not an elaborate menu, they keep it simple, street taco style, add some condiments as you please.  A small place, often crowded, but outside seating as the weather warms, and well done take-out.  Prices are very reasonable.  And I kinda like their social sympathies...