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Fuga y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla

Transcribed for piano trio by Albert Tiu

Albert Tiu, pianist Joseph Esmilla, violinist Sean Katsuyama, cellist

November 2010 Hi-Fi Show

Harana/Tono/SETUP collaboration

Passive tri-amplified mono system

Harana SOLENN mono-speaker:
4.5-way w/ ambiance tweeters in tri-amp configuration
Altec 1803 multi-cell midrange horn 
Dual midrange drivers: Altec 291 (phenolic diaphragm/alnico magnet) +JBL-LE85
ALTEC LANSING COAX T3000 tweeter w/ 416A 15” woofer
WESTERN ELECTRIC D150 15” woofer  Passive tri-amplified mono speaker engineered by Joey of Harana Audio
Garrard 401 in Harana Audio plinth Right: FR25 tonearm/Ortofon SPU mono Center/back: 12" Gray viscous damped tonearm + Tannoy variable reluctance cartridge (LP + 78) courtesy of Rofiel

JEL mono  preamp + SE10 amp = JEL mono integrated SE210 amp The JEL mono integrated has a buffered preamp output simultaneously connected to the integrated SE210 amp driving the Altec 1803 multi-cell horn midrange drivers and ambient super tweeters + Harana JIOdual mono SE300B amp:  each channel driving the Altec 416 woofer + Westrex/JBL D150 woofer respectively 6SN7 input > 6SN7 driver > 300B >T…

Olympus Pen E-P1

Why shoot digital?
Instant gratification!

I've gone through three digital point and shoot cameras: Fuji 1.3 MP which I inadvertently left in a coat pocket and thrown in the washer, quickly replaced by an Olympus 2.1 MP and then a Lumix FX01. All of them served my web/internet needs but practically useless for serious photography specially in hand held low light/no flash situations.
Being a Leica and clone enthusiast, DSLRs were out of the question since my M and LTM lenses will become redundant. Besides the Leica M8, M8.2, M9 and even the Epson RD-1 are out of my league.

So I patiently waited for a digital body that is adaptable to Leica RF compatible lenses. The Lumix G1 m4/3 was introduced in late 2008 but the DSLR look was a big turn off.

Finally during the '09 Holidays I saw an ad for an unloved E-P1 which has received lukewarm reviews due to slow auto focus, lack of an electronic viewfinder and etc...but those features didn't really matter to me and praises for its i…

JEL SE10 amp

A Harana Audio/JE Labs collaboration

After the November 2009 Hi-Fi Show, a friend commissioned a pair of mono block SE10 amps. Given my busy concert schedule I needed the expertise and assistance of our friend Joey of Harana (Serenade in Filipino) Audio for the chassis and woodwork.

Me and Joey drafting the layout and marking pilot holes

Hashimoto H20-14U output transformers, C10-10W chokes +  proudly Filipino wound power transformers on M6 laminations by Edrel Sison

Wiring, scope and ear testing at the attic 
JEL SE10 monoblocks' new home driving (1600mW per side!) PHY-HP drivers in Hans Kortenbach enclosures Thanks for waiting and happy listening Jovy!


Harana = Serenade Tono = Sound SETUP = Single Ended Triode Users of the Philippines

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