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    MELODY VALVE TUBE AMPLIFIERS

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    Hugh

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    Post  Hugh on June 20th 2010, 5:31 pm

    Well Mr. Mobile, where is your impression?

    Are you that deep in the tube world that nobody can locate you? Very Happy

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    Post  tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 1:36 pm

    Is this the I880? Looks like several Melody amps are available in Astro Black 50.
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    Post  mobileusa on July 7th 2010, 2:02 pm

    Well,
    After weeks of listening...this, along with the whole Melody family, is a great piece. Not only does it look great and make you want to drive a fast car, it emits sounds that my Strata Minis love, warm, detailed, very nice well defined sound-stage, and bass that you wouldn't believe. It even did my ONIX Reference 2's justice, although not as deep as the Minis.
    We had a small gathering with a few friends and a couple I didn't know a few weeks back but at the end of the night, we were all enjoying the sounds of this superb amp. The mix of music was anywhere from Spanish guitar acoustic, classical, to Allman Brothers and Tool....and it was a wide variety in between. The acoustic, classical, vocal, and lead guitars were very, very detailed and after listening for three hours, my ears wanted more. The mid-range was also full and detailed, but the surprise, to most of us was the bass. Full bass and clear, not boomy but punchy. I'm not saying it was an annoying "slam", it was more a realistic punch.
    The amp did keep up with the detail of separation of instruments, pure tonal quality and seemed to flow effortlessly. As you know in a group, there are a few who want to crank it and really test the amp. There was no hesitation. Compared to my SP3 or H34, the Astro Black 50 is far superior than the older ONIX relatives. If you have any chance of an audio, take it, you won't be sorry. If you are passing through Mobile, come by, have a Sam Adams, or two but you won't see the Melody Astro 50....I sold it to one of the guys here that night....looks like I'll have to order some more...is that OK Hugh?

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    Post  tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the review!

    http://www.melodyvalvehifi.com/collection.htm
    Listed on the website I see Astro Black 50 as a color choice for the I880 and SP9. Is there an amp that is going to assume that name?

    I am not familiar with the Melody line to know which one you have. Embarassed


    Last edited by tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 2:12 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Remove M880 - it is Pure Black 50)
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    Post  mobileusa on July 7th 2010, 2:34 pm

    I880...

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    Post  tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 2:34 pm

    Ah! I thought that was a color indication, I didn't realize it was a model. Thanks!
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    Post  woofersus on July 7th 2010, 2:53 pm

    I believe Melody had different names for certain markets, so both are listed on their website. Hugh has indicated we will be using the "Astro" names for the amps, but I don't know that it's set in stone yet. It will be once we begin advertising.

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    Post  tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 2:57 pm

    Any plans for one of these making it to my area (Lincoln, NE)? How do you find out about demo gtg's?
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    Post  woofersus on July 7th 2010, 3:06 pm

    tjcarst wrote:Any plans for one of these making it to my area (Lincoln, NE)? How do you find out about demo gtg's?

    There haven't been many demo gtg's as of yet, but I'm sure they'll be posted here and elsewhere when they happen. Unfortunately, your area is a bit far from any of us, so if there's a demo gtg nearby you'll probably be hosting it. Wink

    There will be some gtg's related to the new LCR's that Hugh is working on, and maybe even a demo tour or something eventually. We'll probably put more effort into getting word out about the melody stuff at the same time. Shipping can be a bit much on those heavy tube amps, though, so that's a little tougher than the speakers for a demo tour. Also, we'll be at both RMAF and CES this year.

    You're in the ninja's territory, so you can get more detail from him on specifics, but if there were to be a cornhusker gtg it's possible a number of us might try to make the trek.

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    Post  tjcarst on July 7th 2010, 3:22 pm

    Thanks, Tim.

    I would love a gtg in Lincoln. Not sure I have the right environment to do justice to the gear or have enough listening room.

    I possibly lack adequate power, I have a rack that is a pain to swap out gear, small rooms (one with a 14' ceiling and wood floors, the other a basement with 8' ceilings). I would need to get my husband on board as well. Rolling Eyes

    Terri

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    Re: MELODY VALVE TUBE AMPLIFIERS

    Post  Hugh on July 7th 2010, 9:14 pm

    The I880 is now called Astro Black 50.
    tjcarst wrote:Is this the I880? Looks like several Melody amps are available in Astro Black 50.

    Hugh

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    Post  Hugh on July 7th 2010, 9:14 pm

    Sure thing Robert.

    Keep up the good work.
    mobileusa wrote:Well,
    After weeks of listening...this, along with the whole Melody family, is a great piece. Not only does it look great and make you want to drive a fast car, it emits sounds that my Strata Minis love, warm, detailed, very nice well defined sound-stage, and bass that you wouldn't believe. It even did my ONIX Reference 2's justice, although not as deep as the Minis.
    We had a small gathering with a few friends and a couple I didn't know a few weeks back but at the end of the night, we were all enjoying the sounds of this superb amp. The mix of music was anywhere from Spanish guitar acoustic, classical, to Allman Brothers and Tool....and it was a wide variety in between. The acoustic, classical, vocal, and lead guitars were very, very detailed and after listening for three hours, my ears wanted more. The mid-range was also full and detailed, but the surprise, to most of us was the bass. Full bass and clear, not boomy but punchy. I'm not saying it was an annoying "slam", it was more a realistic punch.
    The amp did keep up with the detail of separation of instruments, pure tonal quality and seemed to flow effortlessly. As you know in a group, there are a few who want to crank it and really test the amp. There was no hesitation. Compared to my SP3 or H34, the Astro Black 50 is far superior than the older ONIX relatives. If you have any chance of an audio, take it, you won't be sorry. If you are passing through Mobile, come by, have a Sam Adams, or two but you won't see the Melody Astro 50....I sold it to one of the guys here that night....looks like I'll have to order some more...is that OK Hugh?

    Hugh

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    Post  Hugh on July 7th 2010, 9:15 pm

    I decided not to bring in SP9 for the time being.
    tjcarst wrote:Thanks for the review!

    http://www.melodyvalvehifi.com/collection.htm
    Listed on the website I see Astro Black 50 as a color choice for the I880 and SP9. Is there an amp that is going to assume that name?

    I am not familiar with the Melody line to know which one you have. Embarassed

    Hugh

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    Post  Hugh on July 7th 2010, 9:16 pm

    Good thinking Tim.
    woofersus wrote:
    tjcarst wrote:Any plans for one of these making it to my area (Lincoln, NE)? How do you find out about demo gtg's?

    There haven't been many demo gtg's as of yet, but I'm sure they'll be posted here and elsewhere when they happen. Unfortunately, your area is a bit far from any of us, so if there's a demo gtg nearby you'll probably be hosting it. Wink

    There will be some gtg's related to the new LCR's that Hugh is working on, and maybe even a demo tour or something eventually. We'll probably put more effort into getting word out about the melody stuff at the same time. Shipping can be a bit much on those heavy tube amps, though, so that's a little tougher than the speakers for a demo tour. Also, we'll be at both RMAF and CES this year.

    You're in the ninja's territory, so you can get more detail from him on specifics, but if there were to be a cornhusker gtg it's possible a number of us might try to make the trek.

    Hugh

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    Post  Hugh on July 7th 2010, 9:18 pm

    Terri,

    Please get your husband in sync with this then let me know.

    A Lincoln gtg may not be a bad idea. Smile
    tjcarst wrote:Thanks, Tim.

    I would love a gtg in Lincoln. Not sure I have the right environment to do justice to the gear or have enough listening room.

    I possibly lack adequate power, I have a rack that is a pain to swap out gear, small rooms (one with a 14' ceiling and wood floors, the other a basement with 8' ceilings). I would need to get my husband on board as well. Rolling Eyes

    Terri
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    Post  mobileusa on July 8th 2010, 7:35 am

    tjcarst wrote:Thanks, Tim.

    I would love a gtg in Lincoln. Not sure I have the right environment to do justice to the gear or have enough listening room.

    I possibly lack adequate power, I have a rack that is a pain to swap out gear, small rooms (one with a 14' ceiling and wood floors, the other a basement with 8' ceilings). I would need to get my husband on board as well. Rolling Eyes

    Terri

    Give your husband my cell number, I
    ll talk him into it... Twisted Evil ...... I mean ... Smile

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    Post  tjcarst on July 8th 2010, 4:59 pm

    Hmmm... Not sure that's going to do much good. Would certainly let you try, though. He is getting sick of me talking about finding the right amp for my Minis. This would let me try a few and pick the one that worked best. Smile

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    Post  Hugh on July 9th 2010, 10:48 am

    Terri,

    What pre are you using?
    tjcarst wrote:Hmmm... Not sure that's going to do much good. Would certainly let you try, though. He is getting sick of me talking about finding the right amp for my Minis. This would let me try a few and pick the one that worked best. Smile

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    Post  tjcarst on July 9th 2010, 1:01 pm

    Peachtree Nova. Love the DAC!

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    Post  tjcarst on July 9th 2010, 2:15 pm

    I am heading out now for a camping trip. Should return Wednesday.

    Didn't want anyone wondering why I wasn't around being a pest. What a Face
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    Post  mobileusa on July 16th 2010, 12:16 pm

    tjcarst wrote:I am heading out now for a camping trip. Should return Wednesday.

    Didn't want anyone wondering why I wasn't around being a pest. What a Face

    how was the trip?
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    Post  mobileusa on July 16th 2010, 12:20 pm

    BTW, here are some more pics of the Astro 50....





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    Post  tjcarst on August 14th 2010, 12:58 pm

    mobileusa wrote:
    tjcarst wrote:I am heading out now for a camping trip. Should return Wednesday.

    Didn't want anyone wondering why I wasn't around being a pest. What a Face

    how was the trip?

    Rained at night, sunny in the day with calm waters for fishing. Stayed on the water 4-6 hours a day, long enough for me.

    Some poor soul managed to go overboard and did not make it out. Fishing alone. We were the second or third boat to discover his boat on the water going around in circles. Some jet skiers were flagging people down to get assistance. Very sad. Made for some interesting events as the search teams looked by air and water. Never found out what happened, but am guessing a medical condition.

    Terri

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    Post  tjcarst on August 14th 2010, 1:03 pm

    BTW - Nice pics, thanks for sharing!

    Also, when trying to reply I clicked on something and it said my vote was cast. Sorry about that... Click happy I guess.
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    Melody MK88 Review...

    Post  Admin on March 13th 2011, 9:47 am

    http://reviews.audioreview.com/melody-mk88-32w-kt88-tube-integrated-amplifier-review
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    New review of the Pure Black 101 Preamp

    Post  woofersus on March 15th 2011, 12:38 pm

    EnjoyTheMusic.com has a review of the Pure Black 101 (formerly P1688 sig) in this month's issue:

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0311/melody_valve_hifi_pure_black_101.htm
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