phase linear: fine old sound system (our dilemma)

the sound power of the 70’s

last year sometime we lost one channel and have been meaning to take the pre-amp in to get a repair as it is the usual suspect. its last repair, some years ago, eric lovre made. total cost $45. (today, december 6, 2012, i listed this stereo on craig’s list for $50.00. it was snapped up within minutes after posting. this is good news as we both hoped to find it a good home and the guy who bought it was crazy for it.) goodbye old friend.

amp and case
amp & case. (VU meters no longer start at 0)

two days ago nic began the process of taking our sound system down… cd player, double tape deck, speakers… all dysfunctional without our phases. long ago we had to give up on playing vinyl unless we got an external preamp, which we could have got then for around $50, but somehow never got around to it.

pre amp and case

thunderous, warm sound. rock n roll, blues, jazz, rap, parts you never hear with modern receivers. we, being at glad times poor neighbors, would crank it to 12 or 1. anything past that would rattle the windows.

back of amp with its big boxer cooling fan
back of amp 

here i sit watching nic dismantle and photograph our much loved and long serving stereo. we’re not young any more either. a 60’s nikkormat camera, our 78 ford econoline van, the phase linears, not too many of our old companions left.

inside back of amp
back of preamp
original phase linear brochure

we kept everything. all the provenance including an envelope of receipts for a complete restoration april 22, 2006 at circle stereo in dripping springs, texas, by william green. the complete restoration cost $274, but with shipping, various extras, and a $119.90 diagnostic, we ended up paying ol’ billy  & UPS $794.11.

amp owner’s manual
pre amp brochure

now that nic’s got each piece wrapped and boxed up, we get to gnaw & deliberate.  should we get the pre amp right (or left?) channel repaired? or should we move on, simplify, find another good home for this elegantly styled, high end (in its day) phase linear stereo?

if you or anyone you know would be interested in ‘adopting’ our Phase Linears and all the documentation, owner’s manuals, articles from ‘high fidelity’ (april 1976 issue), restoration receipts & eric lovre receipt for pre-amp repair, let us know below.

we’re looking to the stars for answers!

& here’s info from the Phase Linear History website:

from the phase linear history website
phase linear history site on the amp
phase linear history site on the preamp

peace & love, sloy


nic’s box

live in nicholsloy studio tonite we have nic in his own keystrokes. what are we looking at in this photo, nic?

art box

turns out it’s the unstacking of the box i made to hold my ‘somewhat’ flat cardboard stuff.

vintage art postcards upright in box

your grandma pigler’s (mary goebel’s) piano stool in the upper right with a mooneyes stool. your hotrod postcards in the lower right & still in the box cardboard customs & hotrods.

pulp fiction collaged mail art postcards

digging turthur i knp i do. the next to be removed is a series of ‘part’s boxes’ from a weyerhaeuser pulp mill inlaid into pieces of cardboard boxes. notice EAK appears.

cardboard hotrod under 'rifle scope', inlayed circles.

TA, BUENO KEEP UNDER Northwest Pears, reading the lettering on the box.

looking in as the box empties

the cardboard for the ‘part’s box’ pieces i got from my beatific niece lexie (rip). in the back a portrait by kent barton (rip).

final compartment

so nic, what’s on the clipboard & what’s in the boden glass mug?

cardboard constructions from parts boxes

on the clipboard a time log of a painting, offscreen upper right, & a poem. in the glass whisky water ice.

emptied interior


view, with cardboard art, from the back

ya need a cardboard art box to put the art ya make out of cardboard boxes into.

easter ashes

mukilteo beach

here nic sits watching the sun going down on lighthouse beach in mukilteo, WA.,  a short walk from the silver cloud inn, our pied a terre for the easter events.

sloy with outgoing ferry in background

and here i am. beautiful mukilteo, my childhood home. i learned to swim in these waters. clung to cliff sides during bomb drills at rosehill elementary school. in our day children prepared for atomic bombs.

lighthouse & grounds

we trouped down the hill from school to tour the lighthouse and climbed up the winding stairs into the light tower itself.

nic & rusted steel object

the strong, sculptural presence behind nic is on the lighthouse grounds. it seems to be  serving some purpose, but what it is or does mystifies us both.

ferry on way to clinton from mukilteo

always the incoming and outgoing ferries to whidbey island. from our room at the silver cloud we lay propped up in bed watching the activity at the landing into the late night. the cathlamet leaving and the kittitas returning. walk ons, bikers, passenger cars and commercial trucks.

jacki & suzanne

good saturday on whidbey island at a gathering to honor my mother’s and her husband’s wishes to have their ashes scattered together onto the waters off the island. our host, larry carton, my stepfather’s son opened his lovely home to the combined families. here on the balcony suzanne, my brother’s wife, and their daughter jacki.

walk to the beach

and now the trek to the beach with the ashes.

margaret's family

a cold, but gloriously clear day. sun and snow peaked mountains.

jack's family & margaret's family

the gathering. mom ironed our t-shirts, hankies, sheets, pillowcases. jack’s offspring told of their dad attempting to transform his homemade tub of a boat into a hydrofoil.

their ashes commingled

jack and margaret carton. rest in peace.

nic's ACEO of the ferry

an ACEO (artist card edition original) drawing nic did from our silver cloud window. ‘the cathlamet’. 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″