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  1. I'd also call out the quality of manufacturing. If you are paying a premium price you may expect to get premium quality Yesterday I was cleaning some brand new Neil Young albums purchased in the past year. Bluenote cafe - records completely covered in brown dust / gunk (possibly cardboard shavings). Had to clean each disc twice to get rid of all of it. Storytone - found out that i had two copies of disk two and none of disk one. Can't remember where / when i bought it. bit of a bummer. Massey Hall - has one bit of brown tar (like toffee) stuck to it and I'm damned if I can clean it off. I shutter to think what that would have done to my stylus.. All brand new and opened for the first time to be cleaned..
  2. @Tasso now that you have been using the RW-800 unit for a while have you had any problems? I'm particularly interested in the vacuum drying process. I have an Okki Nokki and the vacuum wand / brushes are very fiddly. Does the Amari leave a wet line when lifting the brushes? Are replacement pad / brushes available?
  3. I checked the manufacture's website and didn't any info on the impedance curve. I'll just try some shorter wires and see if I can hear a difference
  4. I've read through this thread and found it to be an interesting discussion. My setup has long speaker cable runs (not sure exactly how long) using standard high quality heavy gauge figure 8 speaker wire. I've never had a problem with this on my many vintage speakers, but i recently purchased a pair of well regarded 'modern' speakers and haven't been happy with the HF performance of them. I will try some shorter cables or the coax mentioned above and see if that makes a difference! Should be interesting..
  5. I voted no. I haven't read all the comments. I'm not 100% sure on the premise of the question. One of the reasons I like vintage gear (particularly Sansui) is that most often the amplifiers and receivers have a input voltage selector. You can shop the world and have it shipped to Aus (change the fuse) and plug it in no worries. It may be illogical, but I'm not a fan of step down transformers, it may be ok for a turntable but I'm not sure why you would plug an amplifier into a step down transformer..
  6. easily worth the asking price !
  7. Its pretty hard to go wrong for $100. A deck like that would be good entry point, but I suspect you will eventually want to upgrade. I do find it interesting that more desirable decks are commanding big $$$, seems more so every week. Anyway, I suggest you buy it, hook it up and have a go. You will need to clean the heads / tape path. Buying / using old tape is real crap shoot. For blank tapes I always buy new. Google RMG or ATR.
  8. I have a OM 30 super and I'm very happy with it. Its fitted on a Dual turntable with good results.
  9. I might have to take note of that.
  10. That pretty much answers my question. Has anybody used the Feickert Adjust+ software? That seems to do the lot (not sure of the price though... )
  11. This is the part that interests me the most. Can you successfully use an Oscilloscope with a LOMC Cartridge?
  12. I have a fundamental knowledge of cartridge setup and in the past have always focused on the basics. A couple years back I purchased a 'high end' turntable with a uni-pivot tonearm and realized that the setup wasn't something I was confident doing myself. I was introduced to a chap that setup up my tonearm and cartridge for a fee. My take away from watching him do the work, was that he had thousands invested in software / tools and the fee I paid seemed small in light of his investment (and experience). He did a great job, but I'm now at the point that I would like to do the setup / checks myself. Gain my own experience.. So what are the preferred tools to do this? I have some of the basics, but have not splashed out on everything that is required. I have a an accurate scale for tracking force and also have the Analogue productions test LP (and another one I can't remember) , the trusty bubble level and a DIY parallax protractor. What I Think I need: Protractor USB Microscope for VTA Software / Tool for Azimuth adjustment (this is the key question) Speed check - Frequency counter For those of you that do this every day, what are the most current and preferred / best value tools for turntable setup? One final question (this may require its own thread.. ), can you set up a LOMC cartridge with an oscilloscope? i have often wondered if it could be used for azimuth and speed adjustment ? Thanks in advance for your advice
  13. I live in Beaumont hills too, but don't think I have a problem. I also cant download / listen to file. . Send me a PM if you want to connect.
  14. That's a very concise explanation.
  15. Not sure if this will help I think the is a distinction between 4 track and 4 channel. A 4 track stereo deck will play / record in the forward direction and also in the reverse direction. This is pretty much the norm for home use and yes it will work fine for recording LPs, Here is another article Be prepared for some hassle. Old reel to reel machines are not exactly plug and play.. Having said that I'm in love with mine.