Originally Posted by tjk3030
I went thru them all, CB1 -> CB2 - CB3, emailed Craig to put me on the list for CB4.
Actually 6/7/1997 was when I received it, When I bought it, I had all the options available, same on the updates, also did a DAC updates, to Extremes, as the local car dealers would say, Equipped, not stripped. I've never had any of the problems I saw other people have except, I did have issues doing the last software update, had to send it back to Theta, evidently some board went bad, and the latest is the power trigger isn't working right, turn the power on, amps go on, but turn it off the amps stay on. But that's it. Plus I've never used a power conditioner or anything till I purchased a power plant. I do know the alloy top is original.
Actually ordered it without seeing it, the dealer had a brochure, he thought surround sound was just a fad. The real reason I bought it was to make some sense in my equipment hookup, too many boxes. When I picked it up, my first reactions 'boy that's a big box'. I had an outboard surround sound box, a r2r, Elite 95 laser disc player, maybe even a DAT recorder, turntable, MR78, my preamp/amp was an Audio Research something or other, speakers I think at the time were Aerials 10T or Martin Logans, point of interest was still using my Dahlquist subwoofer setup, the active cross over, 2 subwoofers, Crown DC 300 power amps. Back then was constantly buying equipment. Actually I had saved every piece of audio gear I had purchased from 1973 and on. Really nothing to do with it, my dealer never really wanted trade ins. My basement looked like an audio store. Finally when audigon or ebay arrived I sold everything. In retrospect wished I'd kept a few things, the prices sky rocketed on a nbr of items.
I unfortunately did not get to use a CB-II because I had to pretty much take a 10 year leave from buying anything major at all.
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law passed away within months of each other and my wife and I suddenly had 2 more unplanned children to raise and send to collage, and my niece of course just "had" to spend at least 1 of those years at Oxford.
I gained those 2 kids right after, and I mean right after my own 2 kids had graduated from the local private collage, so they had barely even moved out before their rooms were re-occupied.
So I'm very lucky to have gotten my CB-I when I did or I might have only had a Casablanca of any kind for a very few years right now.
Also very lucky that Theta was so understanding of my situation and they did many, many upgrades to my CB-I for free, even after the 5 year warranty was well over.
They upgraded so many parts that it was just short of being a CB-II.
I hear what you're saying about becoming a stereo warehouse, but I've still never really sold any of my stuff, although, about a year ago I gave a pair of
Magnaplaner MG 3.6's to my son and shipped em off to florida. I still retain a pair of 3.5's and a pair of MG IIIc's and a pair of Altec Stonehendge III's, the Altecs are now actually worth more then I paid for them in the 70's
I have my R2R & Nachamichi tape deck too as well as that same Pioneer Elite CLD-95 you had among other things. Like my GAS AMPZILLA & Theobe from the mid 70's but still work perfectly. The Pro Meridian CD player, a couple of cd/dvd players and an Esoteric SACD player I no loner use.
The one thing I ever traded in was the one thing I regretted losing and that was my wonderful Levinson 2 channel preamp, which also now sells for more then I got for it as a trade-in in 97' when buying the CB-I.
And I actually sold my CB-I after I bought the CB-III but held onto it until it was upgraded to the CB-IIIHD or rather practically gave it away since they were not worth that much by then. But I wanted to keep it around in case the HDMI upgrade took too long to do and didn't want to be without a processor.
I didn't upgrade my CB-I to CB-III status because it needed everything to be a real CB-III, inc. chassis, pie buttons, display, Extreme DAC's, Digi-out card, power supply, etc., etc.
So it cost me not much more to get a new CB-III rather then upgrade my well used CB-I
I only stopped missing my levinson preamp when I got the Gen. VIII Series 3