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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.118 In reply to 42301.105 
I've been using MusicBee for sometime and really like it, but as you've eluded to there are some issues with the library/importing tracks. I've got it setup on my PC and newly ripped tracks appear after a restart of the software. My wife has the same setup - MusicBee looking at the share on the NAS for the FLAC files. I've been through the settings with a fine tooth comb and they all match, but there's a delay in her MusicBee finding the new tracks. It's set to discover new files in the assigned folder at startup and takes 2 or 3 reboots of the PC before it'll find them.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.119 In reply to 42301.118 
OK - now that I've got my little music PC working (and a heatsink on the M.2 drive mmmm, toasty!) I'm turning to step 2, which is refurbishing my Cyrus amp. One nice surprise was when I looked for the serial number to book it in with the service feller I discovered it's a Cyrus Two and not the One I thought it was. I'm not (totally) daft; they're identical to look at apart from an additional input at the back of the Two. Anyway, that's beside the point. The case work is part pressed, part cast aluminium and over the years it's picked up a few little peels and chips to the paintwork. The top shroud detaches and could be resprayed, but as the paint chips are tiny (pin head size), the finish is very slightly stippled anyway, and my spraying skills are not great, I probably won't. The mid section is attached to the massive cast base and spraying isn't really practical because of the stencilled control indications, logos etc.

My thought is to attack the damage with an enamel paint such as Humbrol with a suitable silk finish and a skinny modeling brush, using a polishing compound like T-cut if necessary. I think the stippled top shroud will be forgiving enough to be straightforward, but the smooth metal mid section is more of a problem.

Has anybody here done anything like this? Any tips or pointers?
 
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 From:  graphitone  
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42301.120 In reply to 42301.119 
Can you upload a picture or two, so we can see the extent of the damage there.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.121 In reply to 42301.120 
Here you go. Nothing terrible, just loads of missing specks. 

The undeneath view shows the base which is a huge die cast heatsink that extends up into the body of the amp. It's only a half-width amp but it weighs in at 8kg.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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I'd let it wear the scars like a badge of courage. But I'm uber lazy. Fuck I don't even own an amp.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42301.123 In reply to 42301.122 
I had a nearly identical one 30+ years ago but it developed a fault and I sent it for repair under warranty. It never arrived at the repair place: missing presumed nicked from whatever railway platform the Post Office left it on. The Post Office gave me £20 by way of compensation.

This one was given to me by my sister-in-law's husband who used it for 25 years. 
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.124 In reply to 42301.121 
If the case is disassemble-able then I'd be tempted to remove the whole shroud, or at the very least those bits that are visible when it's on a shelf/hifi rack, then fill, sand and re-spray the whole thing. If you're looking for a matt black hard wearing spray paint then you could do worse than this.
Aside from some minatures I discovered at my mum's house in a long abandoned cupboard which I've painted up just to see if I had the skills still, I've tried it out on some metal work I need to do for a fireplace surround and it's been brilliant.

 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.125 In reply to 42301.124 
OK, where I am now. 1) The Cyrus 2 amplifier is back from the repair man who has replaced all the key capacitors with "Nichicon audio grade replacements"* and cleaned and gold-electroplated the controls (inside - not the knobs) plus replaced various switches and resoldered bits and loads of other stuff.
2) Music all now in Flac form on my new tiny PC. About to add a wifi chip and antennas (antennae? Apparently "s" will do for the electrical sort) 3) Sadly decided to retire my ancient home-built transmission-line loudspeakers. 20 years is storage have not been kind. The drive units are failing along with the crossovers and replacements are eye-wateringly expensive. Plus I really can't be arsed to re-veneer two big floorstanding boxes. 4) Ordered some pretty speaker stands with bamboo feet and some new speakers. Boo! Phone call today - "Speakers out of stock and manufacturer says won't make any more. We have the replacement but it's an upgrade and an extra £250." As my tears start to fall, the sales human continues, "But my manager says you can have them at the same price." Hooray! These ones if you're interested. 5) Mrs WilliamA has told me that she simply cannot live with the clutter of stand-mounted loudspeakers next to the telly. Fair enough, but that means the music set up will move East into the extension (we've got a sort of open-plan thing going on) hence the need for a wifi chip in the PC as there's no nearby ethernet. Of course, that means I can't plug my PC into the telly any more. I've decided to go for an HDMI connected touchscreen. I only want something little to run a media player app + Spotify etc. so this Elecrow 7 inch thing should do. 

Question: the Elecrow 7 inch touchscreen thingy is reported to be quite good, but it's clearly pig-ugly with acres of exposed circuitry, casework, and mounting points poking out. Has anybody here got one and managed to find a decent case? I've seen this, which will do at a pinch. Failing that, has anybody got suggestions for a more cosmetically satisfactory screen? I've looked at pairing an old tablet to use as a screen, but I'd quite like to connect via HDMI because having a connected monitor works best for Anydesk, which allows me to control things from a remote phone or laptop (Anydesk likes the target computer to have a monitor connected).


*which I imagine is a good thing
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.126 In reply to 42301.125 
What do you need in a case? Is it going be wall mounted or something you can tote around?
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.127 In reply to 42301.126 
It'll be sitting next to the PC. I'm not intending to wall mount or anything. I just want something that can be picked up to choose music or check what's playing. I don't want a big standard sized monitor or one of the mini-monitors with stands (that tend to be ridiculously expensive anyway) which is why the Elecrow range is attractive. For a case, I just want something to cover up the exposed circuits and tidy away the mounting tabs etc. If it's reasonably decent looking that's a plus.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.128 In reply to 42301.126 
It's odd looking at this case. They seem to have deliberately made it not fit properly leaving ribbon cables and stuff on view from the front.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
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Anybody know how to fool a PC into behaving as though it has a monitor attached when there isn't one? Anydesk, my remote connection software of choice, doesn't work well, or sometimes at all, when there's no monitor.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
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I either have it boot up with an always on vnc server or start/stop the server via ssh.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42301.131 In reply to 42301.130 
You're quite right of course. I really should just use VNC - or any remote desktop thing without the monitor quirks.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
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And I've discovered that it doesn't matter because the chipset on this mobo churns out a default 1024x768 desktop anyway with no  monitor plugged in.

So for a local monitor, with some usb string for charging, I can buy a cheapo, no-name tablet and use iDisplay or similar.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
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42301.133 In reply to 42301.132 
Pretty well finished now. I still have to put about 100GB of Classical Music on but that's going to mean a bit of faffing around with metadata as most media players only really play nicely with rock/pop/jazz etc. I also have to install a wifi chip, having recently discovered the difference between MHF4 connectors and mini PCI-E connectors on internal antenna tails (M.2 cards have the former and no matter how hard you push, the latter don't fit). Then there's some more cable-management and taking a look at Fidelizer. But, yes, nearly done. Sounds brilliant and I have a stupid smile.

 
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.134 In reply to 42301.133 
"cheapo, no-name tablet and use iDisplay"

If you want to go really cheap, androidvnc is free (iDisplay is US$24).
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.135 In reply to 42301.133 
Looks the business that does.  (yes)
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.136 In reply to 42301.135 
It sounds pretty business-like. The speakers will take a few days to wear in, but at the risk of sounding like a HiFi prattler, they did improve with a day of use.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42301.137 In reply to 42301.134 
I've taken a false step there and I haven't worked out how to get around it. Tried a couple of VNC viewers and a couple of other remote desktop type apps. None were especially good. It's a combination of factors. Basically it's far easier to control from a laptop than from a small tablet,, especially one with a low res, laggy screen.
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