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  1. Rega rp8 cartridge advice

    AussieMick and I are both on the 2m black. I'd love to try a Dynavector at some stage but really not sure how it's characteristics are different to the black so would also be a bit reluctant to drop cash on a new one right now. Run the black with no spacers at 1.5g. I've spent my money in the order of table then Phono stage and then cart. Currently running a GSP Accession and very happy. My turntable has a little bit of motor noise coming through the platter so at some stage need to get the motor calibrated as its perhaps just a little off. Great table makes me happy Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hi Hensa is that eBay? How does one deduct the VAT? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Atmosphere audio in Adelaide? I've got a friend after a 2m Black and as Villa on eBay is sold out on eBay would be good to speak to someone local .... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 80's Sanyo MS340k service

    Hi everyone In another thread I mentioned I inherited some old portable gear a few months back. I've been working on restoring a lovely red Sharp twin cassette unit from about 1985 and now that project has come to its end it's been time to work on another unit. This is a mid 80's Sanyo Mini Boombox. It's basically a Walkman auto reverse tape transport with radio and speakers. The whole unit is DC with an external power adaptor which is how they got them so small. This picture demonstrates it's size relative to my hand. It's a little discoloured from sitting on a window sill for much of its life, originally it was white. Anyhow the issue with this one was the tape mechanism was totally seized to the point you cannot even open the door let alone work any of the controls. I assume the sun has cooked all the grease. Here is the little motor with not a belt to be seen. I purchased a cheap pack of 30 belts off eBay and set to the mechanism with circuit board cleaner and cotton buds to break down all the crud stopping everything from moving. There were also some pieces which I bent when trying to take the mech away from the front door which I had to get back into place. It took about 12 hours work to get the deck back into working order. Slowly cleaning away all the mess and then freeing all the mechanics. Lucky the springs are all mostly in tact and due to perhaps it mainly being used for radio the heads are in good condition. I got fresh grease into the mechanism and new belts fitted. Each issue resolved seemed to reveal a new one to be resolved. There were so many sliding cogs which would not move and buttons which someone had pushed a little too hard and bent a lever and so forth. Originally the auto reverse would not work until I found a stretcher spring which had to be replaced. Once that was done the deck was happily changing sides without issue - I've always loved auto reverse decks. The transport is incredibly small to work on and not easy to disassemble. There is one last remaining issue and that is the auto reverse does not work at the end of a tape side - it just shuts off- I've decided that I can live with that for the time being. Here is a comparison shot next to a normal size boombox from the era. These little units are quite rare and quite a marvel for their time. I'm enjoying listening to some old tapes on it and being able to carry it around on battery power using some high power rechargeables it lasts for a long time between charges. The radio sounds quite nice with a bit of a 'spacial stereo' sound. Hope you enjoyed. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Tracking at 1.5 and anti skate at about .8-1.0 is where I find the sweet spot with the Rega I use however anti skate is quite turntable specific. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hi everyone Kinda funny topic as many don't view 80's boom boxes or portables as hugely desirable. Anyhow as mentioned in another post, I inherited a few different portables from an uncle. He and my aunt used to travel overseas most years and most of his gear was purchased in Hong Kong including this unit. 1985 I believe which makes it 33 years old. Although my uncle had a beautiful Grundig KS-660 radiogram, this Sharp WQ-561 was pride of place with a Sony D-10 discman connected for everyday listening in the living room. (The Grundig was in the 'good room'). I still have many a tape recorded from Discman CD back in the mid 80's on this unit. So this weekend I decided to do a service. Both decks work although the recording deck had a bit of wow and flutter and all the tape keys were a little stiff and a little disturbance on the switches. According to my aunt this has never been serviced. With the front cover removed (which was painfully hard to remove due to never being opened) we have two cassette deck modules which remove with 3 screws and a connector for the signals for the reed switches and motor and a seperate one for the audio to/from the heads. This is the recording deck which is not auto reverse. It's belt was still in tact although had lost some tension hence the wow and flutter. The heads were quite dirty as was the pinch roller and capstan drive. Lubed all switches and sliders, contact cleaned all reed switches, a fresh belt and a drop of sewing machine oil on to all bearings and the motor shaft. First deck removed all control switches and pots on the circuit board received a good deoxit. This is the rear of the second deck which is auto reverse and was working fine. Same clean and lube procedure however the 30 belt kit off eBay I had purchased plus the specific belt kit from another site for this model didn't have the correct 160mm belt for this deck so will need to hunt one out from eBay. It's amazing the belts for this unit are still in tact. Deck two back in place. The heads have a bit of discolouration on them which I can't remove and it took a lot of cleaning to get the rubbish off the capstan but overall it's looking good. All back in place and spinning some mid 90's realness courtesy of a late 80's discman (the original which my uncle had cannot be found). After this was taken I took to the plastics with some toothpaste and a micro fibre cloth to get all the shine back. The finished product below. The only remaining issue is to source a belt for the second deck and the first deck still has a little wow and flutter which could either be a crook motor or a pinch roller that wants replacing. It's nice to find old units like this which are in good condition and easy to work on. The sound is nothing to write home about but it's a lot of fun. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Do you miss them? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You could always try a different Phono using the slee loaner program Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Aussiemick was selling a reflex a few weeks back. I've not heard the Era but I've had the Reflex on loan and paired with the 2m Black on my RP8 it was great fun. I'm using an Accession these days. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I've been a little nostalgic the last few weeks with some old toys coming my way from a great uncle who passed away. I posted this in another thread. It's still almost new and everything including belts is original and working. Anyhow back in the 80's it was connected to a D-10 discman (which is not able to be located right now) so I thought I'd do some digital shopping and get this little gem and put them back together. 1988 Sony D40 all metal and working a treat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. A Dynavector has been on my mind as a potential candidate for my ageing Ortofon 2M Black - not because I'm necessarily unhappy with the black but because #audiophile. Are you using spacers on the Dyn? Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Buying a turntable under $1000?

    Which preamp are you using? That can make a huge difference to the sound produced by a table. Sometimes a preamp upgrade is the best first step. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Vintage HiFi

    Not strictly 'hi fi' but interesting and cool nevertheless. My uncle left this to me when he passed and I collected it a few days ago from my aunt. It was lovingly packaged in bubble wrap. I remember listening to tapes and cd's on this as a kid in 1986 and I even have some tapes recorded on it. It's got almost everything you could imagine in a compact unit of the time, supports metal/ chrome tapes, auto reverse, track search, high speed dubbing, an EQ on the door and line in. There is a companion first series Sony Discman to go with this but we are still trying to find it. The cable shown in the pic is the Sony branded cable. So I've been cleaning this up, all the dials and knobs have cleaned up well. Cleaned the tape heads and it's running perfectly after 35 years. I'll order some new belts soon. Drew Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Price drop to $100 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Price drop $50 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk