Road trip

May 28, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

Golden opportunities don’t often come our way but, when they do, we should grab them. Life’s short enough as it is.

One of our HiFi Family members had emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I knew anyone that might be interested in owning a pair of Genesis Technology’s Gen II speakers. He was prepared to give them away for free.

Wow. The Gen II’s were some of the best speakers Arnie, Mark, and I ever made. A wonderful 4-piece systemโ€”a smaller version of the mightily Genesis Is, themselves a newer version of my Infinity IRSV.

I wished I had room to have grabbed them but, alas, I’ve got enough “stuff” to last a lifetime.

We put out a call on our forums and within a day we had found the perfect home.

The only complication to obtaining the speakers was distance. The new owner lived in the state of Washington while the speakers were sitting in a garage in New Mexico.

Road trip!

Head here to read the story of the road trip that ended up making two members of our HiFi Family happy as hell.

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15 comments on “Road trip”

  1. One very lucky son of a gun. With all the meticulous detail regarding the transport etc. it certainly looks like you’ve got the right guy for such an enterprise. Inheriting a jewel in the audio crown is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it’ll be an astounding achievement.
    I’ll be following progress with the servo re-cap and re-establishment of the system.
    Only wish I could be there to hear it but I can only imagine.

    1. Allan you mentioned previously you are a pilot of small planes. One in particular? My parents were Piper Cub (cloth covered, perhaps they were all that way?) enthusiasts and would go to fly-ins all over the country with other owners of that plane. They really enjoyed that during his retirement. He had a Mooney (sp?) for more comfortable longer treks. Alas at late 80โ€™s now he no longer flies and can barely get around.

      1. Hi Larry,
        Yes, I’m still part of a flying club and did frequently fly the Piper PA38 (Tomahawk) and Cessna’s 172 & 152 but nowadays I’ve let it go as I feel I’m getting a bit long in the tooth. A friend had a Piper Cub and I was often a pax but sadly he recently passed away and his plane was sold. Its a fun hobby but I was caught out by the weather a few times so I’ve decided to hanger chat rather than fly.

        1. I remember my parents telling me frequently about how the trips they took in the aircraft were never point to point, but, rather they would go out of their way to punch through holes in cloud cover, go around inclement weather and such. They had a friend who got caught in a huge weather shift in his place one time, and who had to find a clear section of roadway to set down on because of it. The guy taxied down the road and pulled into the parking lot of a roadside diner, went in, had lunch and sat out the storm. When the weather cleared they called the local constable who blocked off the road in front, and let the guy just take off from the roadway. Ahhhh for those simpler times.

          1. A quick reply Larry incase we hijack the thread:
            Had a few close ones, once 3000 feet above the Cairngorm mountain range in winter, I’d just put carb heat off when the engine started spluttering. Saw the OAT at – 27deg so put carb heat back on again to melt the ice, it was sucking water into the engine so still spluttering and loosing altitude fast. At 400 feet above the mountain peaks the engine started to run smoothly again – I’ve never been so relieved in my life.

  2. Well, since I live down-under this road trip is definitely out for me.
    Paul I’ll bet that if you hadn’t sunk your mothers wedding ring (& the kitchen sink) into building ‘Octave Records’ that you would find space for those ‘GTG II’ loudspeakers, even if you auctioned them off at a later date.

    I was away from here yesterday, did anyone notice (does anyone care ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    It was my wife’s birthday, so we partied all night & slept all day.

    Since we are still not blessed with ‘reply notifications’ I’ll have to do it this way:

    ‘The Soft Effect’ May 26

    tonyplachy 8:17am
    I chose 6 years purely as what I consider to be a reasonable amount of time for enough DSD recordings to saturate the market for me to make comparisons with extremely well recorded, including current, PCM 44.1/16 CDs.
    You kinda went there yourself with your last sentence about editing capabilities in PCM vs DSD.

    AllanG 9:27 am
    “pity we can’t go back in time & correct it though.”
    Reminds me of ‘imagine if this Monopoly money was REAL’ ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If only Allan, if only!

    clothes pen 9:26 am
    Yes!
    Bob Clearmountain is another master of mastering.
    eg. Crowded House

    m3 lover 8:14 am
    I agree with you wholeheartedly…there’s no point recording schmaltzy tune extremely
    well if schmaltzy tune ain’t your (my) thang…or just to show the public how well you can
    record schmaltzy tunes (take your pick)
    This is why my one & only ‘Sheffield Labs’ CD is their test & set-up album.

    Genez 2:32 pm
    Or as we say over here, “I’m-a-gettin’ outta here.”
    Thanks for your humorous ‘insight’, as our resident authority on Gods’ word ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mastering May 27th

    Steven not to be confused with any cricketing legend 8:53 am
    I concur with the Dire Straits remastering albums (CDs) especially ‘Love Over Gold’
    which (the original) had an audible tape hiss right through the whole album until it was
    remastered & ‘they/he’ managed to remove 85% of said tape hiss; what a God-send!

    Allan G 4:05am
    Apparently, in America, they call it ‘What’s this here sauce’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lastly, it still astounds & pleases me greatly that Donald Fagen’s – ‘The Nightfly’ CD,
    one of the very first ever DDD recordings, still sounds f#@king amazing after all
    this time & with all of the subsequent improvements in audio recording.

    My darling wife is another year older & another year deeper in my heart & my soul
    …does it get any better? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. FR I did notice your absence as I’m sure many others did an yep we do care, you’re part of ‘Paul’s Posse’ ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Loved the sauce comment, made me chuckle.
      Belated Happy Birthday to your wife too.

      1. Thanks Allan; you’re a sweetheart.
        A little self-deprecation is always close by.

        My 54yo (English is not her first language)
        wife wanted to know what ‘self defecation’ meant.
        I said, “Oh, that’s when you shit yourself.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I am sure these sound amazing, but, I am also equally sure they would not be for me. I cringe anymore at the thought of all these unwieldy bits and pieces of gear and the maintenance/restoration needed.

    I recently sold all my vintage speakers and bought a new pair of Focals. Nothing older than four years at my house now other than the turntable and R2R. Everything is aesthetically more modern and pleasing, is controlled by apps and sounds as good as anything I have had before. Done upgrading and downsizing (for now ha ha).

    I think as time has gone by I have become less of an audiophile purist and more of an enthusiast. I am happy having everything be good enough, it doesnโ€™t have to be the best (such as this speaker find may be). I can transport my new speakers in my sedan with the back seats folded down, no real planning needed LOL.

  4. WOW! How fantastic that would be…..to “just” pick up a system like that (no simple task). Some of the best things in life are free…..kinda. I’m happy for both/all parties involved. Made my day, Thanx.

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