I just moved to the St. Louis area. Where are the high end stores that sell tube gear? I am interested in listenning to as many different speakers as I can. I have all tube equipment so I'd like to start my search with stores that have tube amps running their speakers. I did a search on google and received very little helpful information.
Mike glad to have you here. If you want to we can get togther sometime. I was just with Scott and Steve at Steve's house. We may try to do something next week at Scott's. Hope you can join us. Once again welcome to St. Louis.
....you probably couldn't.
Come to find out, my email address here at AA was out of date. Finally figured out how to change it so it should be working again (I think...).
If you have trouble getting me, you can always get through my site email email@example.com
Welcome to hi-fi the hell a.k.a. St Louis. We've only got a couple of decent, true hifi shops here in town. I'll give you the quick rundowns.
Music For Pleasure
Krell, Arcam, Dynaudio, Naim, Primaire, Linn, Acoustic Energy, Rega, plus a few other minor lines. Probably the coolest audio salon you'll set foot in, in the midwest. Sorry no tubes.
Audio Research, Rotel, B&W, Martin Logans, Magnum Dynalab, Denon plus a few other minor lines. Decent shop, see Tim he's into tubes.
no web site
Levinson, Creek, Maggies, Ruark, Vandersteen, Klipsch (reference) plus a few other minor lines. See Thom. Probably one of the better tube designers in the area. Into 2a3's 45's plus designs some killer pre's.
Musical Design / Musical Concepts
John designs and sells tubed preamps, solid state amps and sells retrofit kits for the old Hafler amps. Also does some killer mods to commercial gear. Definately into tubes, but not much to hear other than his gear. Think he has some Meadowlarks.
We've got a couple of big names here in town. Keith Herron, Clayton Audio (Wilson Shen), H. Duane Goldman (aka The Disc Doctor), Sam Kennard (aka Vibrapods) and a few more that don't quite come to mind.
Kinda strange here in town. The audiophiles are fractured. Sturgus, Steve and myself are getting together on a (quasi) regular basis and trying to corrupt a few more people.
The three of us are into tubes. I've gone off the deep end. I'm getting ready to tear down my kilo-watt SS system in favor of a pair of Lowthers and a 2a3. I occasionally get some interesting gear that comes through the house (I write for TNT-Audio.com). If nothing else, it's always something different to whats in town.
Contact me off line and we can all hook up. Sounds like next week Sturgus and Steve (plus a few more) may be coming by. You're welcome to join us.
> > We've got a couple of big names here in town < <
Don't know how I forgot Mike! Geez, him and I just talked for almost an hour Wednesday :-| We're going to try to get together sometime soon and play with his Wally-Tractor stuff.
You are a spoiled brat ;o)
Many people don't have any hi-fi shops close by.
Now, East St Louis is probably much closer to hi-fi hell...
You're right, good point :-)
Thank you for the long list, sounds very great.
I am new in town, I am a foreigner, from the tube country, so interestingly I had moved from tube to solid state several years before...now I am thinking back to vinyl world after I settle down here. My English sucks, sorry.
By the way, any good places to get vinyl new/used? I have just orderd my TT, it's on the way..
Hey, your english is fine. In fact it's better than mine at times :-)
We have a couple of good sources for vinyl here in town.
My first choice is always Euclid Records in Webster Groves. Great selection, very reasonable prices, very clean vinyl. Joe and the gang know how to grade vinyl (if you are buying online). Good guys too.
Next is Vintage Vinyl down on the U City Loop. Nice selection, reasonable prices, always look at the vinyl, great place to people watch. Stop in and get a burger at Blueberry Hill (Joe Edwards place) while you are down there. That and stop in and see Chuck Berry perform live (about) once a month on Wednesdays in the Duck Room.
CD Reunion in Village Square Shopping Center has a fair vinyl selection. Best part it's cheap. 1/2 to 2/3rds the price of the other guys in town. Be sure to check the vinyl.
There's a couple of other places I haven't been to in years. Don't know what their current selection is like or if they even have vinyl anymore.
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