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1956 – Paolo and Colly Soleri purchased the land in Paradise Valley, Arizona, upon which the Cosanti studios were built. Their first official activities began there in 1959.

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These mobile storage containers were easy to assemble once we got the hang of it. Everything comes included. No special tools needed. Follow the instructions and have a few guys to help to make the process flow nicely. Great container quality I'm proud to put my name on. They're rock solid.

Don't be afraid to sell off outfits though when much later in the game. As you obtain stronger Outfits and Weapons from Lunchboxes and the Wasteland, you can begin to sell off weaker Outfits for CAPS. Be mindful of this however, early in the game it is NOT A GOOD IDEA to sell off your Outfits for CAPS.

First of a very successful line of integrated amplifiers which would receive many awards and sell very well worldwide.

Designed and produced before the Alpine "takeover / collaboration" and just before the DAD revolution, the L-550 did receive a " State of the Art " award in 1982 besides being selected as " Best Product " by Stereo Sound.

Most of the direct followers also became Stereo Sound "Best Product" : L-550X , L-560 and the very successful L-540 and L-570 .

All are versions of the same basic circuit : Single-Stage amplification, Duo-ßeta, plus-X, Circuit /S and Class A all the way, real hot Class A.
All did also sport something which was not to be discarded once the fad faded : double Heat-Pipes !


Power supply
Feeding all is a big 400VA EI transformer and two low-ESR 50 V / 30,000µF 99,99% pure aluminium chemical caps.
Six windings feed separately the pre-driver, main Duo-ß, phono MM EQ amp, phono MM EQ Duo-ß, phono MC and protection / regulation / muting / pre-heating stages.
The power amp is fed separately from the secondary.

The necessary Heat-Pipes have vents top and bottom of the enclosure : 2x 50W of pure Class A produces heat, especially when idling current is to be set at 160 mV for each channel !
The pre-Heating switch is used to get the L-550 reach its cruising speed while the power-on button is off ; current is cut from the final transistors but heats-up the rest of the circuit.


Single-Stage amplifier
As in all contemporary Luxmans, there is no second stage so the 1st stage uses a high Gm low-noise FET (for the MC input) with a 7mA current for the necessary gain.
If Duo-ßeta is used as usual in the power-supply, in the L-550, it also was implemented in the EQ phono section - that's Duo-ßeta Circuit /S .

Line level input reach the circuit where the " phono straight " mode starts, the latter bypassing the subsonic, high-cut, monitor and source selectors.
Unlike other contemporary LUX amps, the 9-turnover NF tone controls are not placed withing the power amp's main Duo-ßeta loop but the Linear Equalizer which can subtly tilt RIAA frequency response is.
The attenuator is a 2-gang 50 kOhm pot sourced from, as always and for nearly everybody, ALPS , aka Alpine :)

Other features are... plenty :
Line-Phase sensor, front supplementray phono input, tape i/o and headphones output, three-way tape monitoring, 4-way tape dubbing, 6-position phono setting and warm-up indicator.
Plus pre/main i/o, all engraved front scripting and rosewood enclosure.


As for all of the L-550 series, the smaller models are, sonically, energetic bolids and the bigger models more relaxed providers : L-530 vs. L-550, L-530X vs. L-550X , L-525 vs. L-560 and L-540 vs. L-570 .

Our Manchester base and it's infrastructure allow us to distribute efficiently, so no longer is it just people in Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Bury, Rochdale, Blackburn or Preston who benefit. Our 'Manchester' prices are enjoyed by customers as far apart as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kent and Cornwall as well as the powerhouses of the Midlands, London and the South East.

The table to the left contains cable and conduit parameters that may be selected with the exception of Cable Area. The selected values are used to populate the two lower tables that have standard values.

Early History
In the South Lagoon between Venice and Lido sits the small Italian island of Poveglia that for centuries has been a refuge, stronghold, place of exile and a dumping ground for the diseased, dying and deceased. In 421, Poveglia welcomed its first inhabitants -- men, women and children who fled the barbaric invaders that had ravaged the mainland. Its relatively small size made the island defendable and not worth the trouble of invading armies. For centuries this small community lived in peace and avoided the laws and taxes of the mainland; their population dwindled however and by the 14th century, the island was once again abandoned.

In 1348 the Bubonic Plague arrived in Venice and Poveglia, like many other small islands, became a quarantine colony. The Plague killed 1 out of 3 Europeans. Fearing the unbridled spread of the disease, Venice exiled many of its symptom-bearing citizens there. It was clearly a death sentence. At the island's center the dead and those too sick to protest were burned on giant pyres. This included the tens of thousands of Venice citizens dying on the mainland. These fires would burn once more in 1630 when the Black Death again swept through the city.

Long after the fires were extinguished, Napoleon's military campaign relied on the island's ghostly legends and defendable position to protect stores of gunpowder and weapons.

The Poveglia Asylum
In the late 1800s, the area's mentally ill resided in an asylum in Poveglia. The asylum was poorly constructed and was used as a place of exile rather than rehabilitation. There are rumors that in the 1930s, a doctor performed strange experiments on the patients here; eventually, the doctor went mad and threw himself from the asylum's tall bell tower. Though the bell in the tower was removed decades ago, locals still claim to hear its chimes echo from the lonely island.

By the mid-20th century, the facility was converted into a geriatric center, which closed in 1975. Today, the entire island is abandoned; locals and tourists are prohibited from visiting, and fishermen steer clear of the accursed place. In recent years, Italian construction crews attempted to restore the former hospital building, but abruptly stopped without explanation, leaving locals to speculate that they were driven away by the island's dark forces.


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