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  1. Oh yummy, excellent machine! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Someone please buy it!
  2. Thank you for the thought, but we’re actually very safe here. So far there has been a total of 275 who caught the virus, no one has died, and one is in hospital after flying in from the UK last week. There’s been zero community transmission since mid April. Fingers crossed it stays that way!
  3. Hello Nelson, welcome to Stereonet. We’re almost neighbours! I hope to visit when our borders open again. As you can see from above, many members like to visit your city. Stay safe!
  4. Ouch. Thanks for that, I’m not sure what he’s using currently (oops, unintended) for amp/s, but will pass on that info. Thanks for the response. 🤙
  5. Hi Winno, a mate has a pair of Kappa 8’s and loves them. Could you please expand on your ‘amp killers’ description? PM me if you feel it inappropriate to answer here. Thanks. Rusty
  6. As stated previously, 5mm is the starting point recommended by the Garrott brothers for all their cartridges. You then use your auditory instruments (ears) until the optimal distance is found. If you want to adjust the vta every time you play a different record (or record of a different thickness), feel free to do so. And yes, different brands of cartridges have their own best vta setting. You're just stating the obvious, irrelevant when talking about the OP's Garrott cartridge.
  7. Yep, your eyes are definitely ageing. Forget theoretically. Measure it. A tape measure can be used if the arm has the same circumference from head shell to pivot. You are talking in degrees and angles. Reread my post and you will hopefully see I said start the arm pivot 5 millimetres above its horizontal position. To do this, you must first set the arm into a horizontal position. Reread and comprehend. If you don't understand any point, ask. Don't make an assumption that's already in your head. This is a measuring exercise, not a guessing competition. Step 1: ensure the platter plus record is horizontal using a spirit level. You may need to put shims of cardboard or whatever under the turntable's feet to achieve this. You could be lucky if the feet of the turntable can be screwed in or out. Step 2: find the horizontal position of the arm by putting the needle on the record (carefully!!!) so you can measure the distance from the bottom of the arm to the record at 2 points, ie near the rear of the head shell, and somewhere else that's closer to the pivot. When those two measurements are the same, the arm is parallel to the record. Step 3: Take the arm off the record and raise the pivot 5 millimetres. Measure this distance from parallel position to raised position accurately. A marker pen may be useful - making an unobtrusive mark on the pivot at the parallel position makes it easier to see how far you raise it. [Turntables with vta (vertical tracking angle) adjustment are the simplest way to do this.] If your eyes aren't up to it, bribe (?) a teenager/wife/pedantic neighbour to do it for you, but don't pay the bribe until you're satisfied with what's been done and ready to sit and listen. Step 4: Make minor adjustments up or down until the sound quality degrades, then reverse the direction of adjustment until you reach the best position. (Maybe) Step 5: If you get frustrated/confused/short tempered, stop, pack it all up, return to the shop where you bought the cartridge and ask them to please do it for you. OR if you have a knowledgeable hifi mate, ask him for help. OK? Over to you, and good luck.
  8. Welcome to SNA from another expat in Cambodia! Lol!
  9. The Garrott brothers always recommended raising (_not_ lowering!) the arm pivot by 5mm above horizontal (horizontal meaning parallel to the horizontal record surface, as measured using a circular spirit level placed on a flat record) and then experimenting with small adjustments up or down. There comes a point where the sound will ‘snap’ into place. You will know when you hear it. Earlier you stated the old stylus was noticeably skewed sideways... Assuming that the arm bearings are ok (after all, it’s ageing like all of us), it sounds (apologies for the pun) as if you need to carefully check the azimuth and anti-skating force. Do this with the arm halfway across the record, not at the lead-in or lead-out tracks. Then play whatever and post your findings. I had many years of enjoyment from a P77. The FGS is a fine cartridge that, assuming it’s not faulty and all else is as it should be, will perform better than the P77.
  10. Hmm, yes, the latest Accuphase A250 (or previous A200) are a significant amount of coin. Accuphase do of course make lower powered (and lower priced) class A amps that could suit. I don’t know how well they would match with the Harbeths and Magicos, but when auditioning for Martin Logan Summit X’s the Accuphase class A were significantly superior sounding compared to their class A/B siblings. The music simply came alive. And do remember that Accuphase class A specs are well below their true performance. That’s your 2c worth!
  11. Hee hee, at long last the Tigers can smile. 48-0? 😝 Suck eggs, Seibold, best thing you ever did was doing the dirty on the Tigers. Time will tell if Madge can work his magic all the way to the end of the season. 🙏😎👍🏼
  12. Thanks for the geography definition. Don't think I actually called HK a country.
  13. Frankly, what with the current political situation, it's likely HK will join my list of 'Nah' countries anyway.
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