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  1. Anyone know what the various Apogee speakers went for?
  2. Did anyone in SA actually attend the Mason Gray auction? The auction certainly had some interesting gear, Apogee ribbons, Levinson, Melos, Metaxas, Luxman etc etc. A bit hard to tell whether it all worked or what condition items were in plus buyers had to remove the item that they bought by the very next day. I'd be interested to know what things went for, the Sunfire power amps in particular? Herbyj
  3. Hi Spider The Mission 774 is a very good tonearm, I have one and have been using it for years. There is a guy on Ebay in the UK called XTC, he makes new paddles, counterweights, arm tubes etc etc for the arm. He is away at the moment so I can't put up a link to any of his Ebay auctions.There is also a lot of info on the internet about the arm, just do a search. The trough is filled with silicone and the paddles dip into the silicone to damp the arm. The different thickness of the paddle provides different amounts of damping. Depending upon your cartridge, different amounts of damping sounds best. Some cartridges may sound best without any damping. You are missing one of the paddles. The counterweight has a yellow foam which decouples it from the arm tube but this foam deteriorates over time. I replaced mine with a heavier one from the XTC in UK when I went for a heavier arm tube. That arm tube looks like it's been butchered, they have not done a very good job of putting a new connector onto the arm tube. You really need to re-solder those connectors or get both male and female plugs to replace the ones that you have. Sometimes the arm tubes come up for sale too. Also, Johnnie at Audio Origami in Scotland knows a lot about these arms, sells the silicone and other parts too. Hope this helps. Herby
  4. It looks like Quality Records is closing down, at least at the Malvern location: https://www.facebook.com/qualityrecordsplus/ They are having an end of lease sale. Herby
  5. Hi Ken John Bicht was the designer. I'm not saying that you are wrong but I'd be interested to see this interview . I've used the heavier, 9 inch, tube for 7 or 8 years without any audible damage to the bearing and the guy on Ebay has been selling them for many years. and has a very good reputation. Without using the heavier tube the compliance of the arm is only suited to moving magnet cartridges, not moving coil. Herby
  6. Yes, you want the original 774. They come up pretty regularly on Ebay UK. Also, there is a guy on Ebay UK who makes a lot of useful parts for the arm including a heavier tonearm tube which allows the arm to be used with a greater variety of cartridges. Herby
  7. Hi Red Is the midrange fairly prominent? I have only heard them for a short period of time in not ideal conditions but I like what I heard. Herby
  8. I tried the Giulia (named in memory of an Alfa Romeo car model), Lewis lent me a pair many years ago and they sounded great. Herbyj
  9. Item: Lewis Muratori large 3 way Price Range: Market Price Item Condition: Used Extra Info: I'm after an efficient, full range, 3 way speaker to use with a SET amp and I thought I'd see what's out there. I know Lewis passed away a few years ago (very sad) but I think he built a number of pairs of these speakers. Lewis was a very inventive designer/builder of speakers. The speakers that I'm after are a large 3 way with a 15 inch Audax bass driver, a Focal 6 inch midrange and a Scanspeak tweeter. Although one or two pairs may have had a ribbon tweeter. PM me if you have a pair that you want to sell. Cheers Herby Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  10. Yes, Trevor is still around, he has a shop in Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. Maybe go and see him there, take the preamp and label the inputs/outputs and the switches. Herby
  11. Hi We've now started a 12 month build so I'll have my listening room up and running next year. While I've been system-less I've still been buying vinyl which I'd love to hear soon. Isn't there anyone in the Macedon Ranges, and further afield, who can let me come around and play a few records? Cheers Herby
  12. Hi Has anyone heard any of the Volti Audio speakers? Maybe at a Show? More specifically the Rival model? http://voltiaudio.com/rival/ https://www.stereophile.com/content/volti-audio-rival-loudspeaker Are there any pairs in Australia? Thoughts? Cheers Herby
  13. Hi The top large, Jarrah rack was custom made for me by Thomo. It is very well built and sounds great, if a rack can sound great? I'm in Melbourne and Thomo is near Perth so freight wasn't cheap but from memory it wasn't too outrageous. Thomo is great to deal with. I'd recommend him to anyone wanting a wooden rack. Herby
  14. Hi Dr Funk As you know I have a pair of Impulse H2 speakers, we had a PM discussion on them awhile ago. I got Atilla Tanka, here in Melbourne, to recone and recondition the midrange and bass drivers in mine and to update the crossover, the result were excellent. Atilla is fantastic with rebuilding speakers so I'd talk to him first to see if he can repair your unit before I looked to source new midrange speakers. I can PM you his contact details. If you have to replace the drivers I believe this guy (Paul) in UK may have some NOS SEAS drivers or suggestions for replacements, I seem to remember he bought all of the left over available stock of the midrange and bass drivers: http://www.referencefidelitycomponents.co.uk/ He also has a page on the restoration H2.: http://www.referencefidelitycomponents.co.uk/restoring-and-upgrading-impulse-h2-loudspeakers/ He knows a lot about the Impulse H2 and if he can't supply a SEAS driver would be able to help you on the best replacement as he knows the speakers and the crossovers well and is very helpful. Also, I have seen the actual SEAS midrange drivers come up for sale occasionally on Ebay. Hope this helps as they are a great speaker. Cheers Herby
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