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  1. Hi @FNQ Outcast - an alternative surfactant-detergent that has been recommended by a European user as being environmentally better, is Polysorbate 20. I have yet to try this myself. eg. https://aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/polysorbate-20/ Let us know how you get on. Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  2. Chaps, (Sorry to be a pedant ;)....) Those 5-pin tonearm plugs are not really DIN or 'Mini DIN'. They’re sometimes called JIS phono plugs, but even that is not exactly correct as I recall. Although the design did originate in Japan. (Source - Jonathan Carr, Lyra designer.) Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  3. 6 Litre Ultrasonic Cleaner Tank - An updated ebay.au link I've just been given for this item - https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Digital-Stainless-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-Ultra-Sonic-Bath-Cleaning-Tank-Timer-Heate-/183927416168?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292 (See pic of tank above - model PS-30A) Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  4. Hi @acg - (sorry about delayed reply, I must have missed the notification...) Would be interested to see & hear about Andrey's version of the Terminator, please post pics if you can.. I have recently installed Andrey's carbon fibre arm wand & early days yet but it's all positive, sound-wise, no drawbacks that I can discern as yet. Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com
  5. And a couple of pics showing the main functional elements of the Terminator. (On an AURA turntable.) Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com
  6. I though I'd start a thread for Terminator users - there must be a few in AU (& NZ)? Based originally on a concept by Poul Ladegaard, a Brüel & Kjaer engineer in Denmark, the Terminator product was developed by Trans-Fi Audio in England. I've had this one since 2013. Here it is mounted on a Technics SP-10 MkII...... Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  7. A USA enthusiast asked recently how easy is it to load & remove records from the tank, with our system.. I don't have a video but the images below I think show how the spindle is simply removed by hand (one hand), records loaded/unloaded & then re-inserted into the motor drive. Oh, the spacers are semi-soft & do not damage the record labels. Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  8. Another vote for Magic Eraser. My London Decca (Super Gold with Decapod) stylus is notorious for picking up detritus & the ME used frequently (after every LP or two, easy to do) keeps it clean. London Decca do not recommend any stylus cleaner fluids, but these have not been necessary. The only problem encountered is occasional fibres/hairs & such wrapped around the stylus shank - when this happens, a gentle soft brushing may be necessary. - But the key here is to keep records fastidiously clean (ultrasonic cleaning of all s/hand & even new record
  9. Chaps - just a progress update on my SP-10 MkII journey... Now fitted with: - Terminator Linear tracking, Air-bearing tonearm - London Decca Super Gold with Decapod cartridge - Fidelity Research FR-64 arm - Koetsu Rosewood Signature cartridge I've had the latter 2 for many years, but never tried them together as a combo 🙄 Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  10. Observe (eg listen) first, measure second - is the basis of good scientific methodology. Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  11. Just a wee update.... We have a new laser-cutter for the SS frame & plates. This is a new test-batch of plates, just arrived. Looks clean & tidy, no burrs, burns, dimensionally v good.... Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  12. Hi @charlie_bird, a a quick summary.... Our DIY Ultrasonic Record Cleaner was inspired by ideas & work done by others on the 'net (see p.1). A couple of us developed a prototype into a 'kit' (see P.2). Many kits enabled us to place larger batch orders (SS laser-cuts & parts) & then offer attractively priced kits. (Metal lasercutting is contracted out to an engineering shop, plastic moulding is done by my son, other parts are ordered in. Some machine work, cleaning up, pre-assembly & packing etc is largely done by me. We cover our costs + a bit for our
  13. Hi @Pipey - you can ultrasonic clean quite well with just plain water. The surfactant adds some 'detergent' action esp. if your records are v dirty & speeds up air-drying by surface filming. If you vacuum-dry, then the latter is un-important. I think the surfactant/detergent cleaned vinyl tracks better afterwards too. I'd avoid unnecessary contaminants. Cheers, Owen Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/
  14. Hi @VinylChef, @2Brix - MC cartridge magnetic generators all tend to resonate ('ring') a bit at v HFs, so it is usual practice to 'load them down' a bit. As mentioned above, something in the range of 5-30x the coil impedance is a good starting point. eg. typical low output MC cartridges have coil/source impedance of only 5-10 ohms - this is how the typical 100 ohms MC loading has come about. The Hana EL, with is coil impedance of 30 ohms, has something in common with the venerable Denon DL-103 (both are Alnico magnet MCs) which has coil imped. up at 40 ohms. So
  15. @Steve M. - thanks. That arrangement seems to work fine for you - the SP-10MkII chassis weighs 9.5kg, so that mass should provide a good measure of stability. And supporting directly under the TT chassis frame (without an additional plinth) should result in impressive clarity, I'd imagine. As an experiment only, consider removing the black painted bott. cover box & support directly to the alloy chassis underside. (You may need to locate the fr. LHS door stop a bit to the right.) The bott. cover box rings a bit. PS. I have a Transfiguration Temper W my
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