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    Tom Waits - Blue Valentine I was really enjoying this, but also and alack my partner doesn't share my love of Tom Waits. Side B will have to wait for a time when she's not about... Just to put things in perspective, this is the 5th record I've had on today and this is the first complaint. I don't want to paint an inaccurate picture - after all, we had a house full on Sydney SNA'ers recently and I didn't get the slightest bit of grief despite their appalling behaviour.
  2. All systems have their strengths and weaknesses. I agree with your comments about the beamy presentation. But lack of dynamics and an inability to reproduce piano? Have you even listened to a pair of Sanders or Innersound ESL's? Because they come with an integrated sub, I found they had great dynamics, but needed an amp with serious balls to deliver that dynamism.
  3. I guess it depends on the speaker, regardless of the type of speaker. My experience mirrors that of @Sir Sanders Zingmore - I've found ESL's a much more fussy with regards to amplification than conventional cone speakers. My experience is based on Maggies and ESL's designed by Roger Sanders. My experience also differs from @THOMO - ESL's sound incredibly natural and lifelike when it comes to acoustic music in particular. Listening to an album like The Trinity Session by Cowboy Junkies can be startling with the right ESL/amp combo.
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    Howe Gelb and Lonna Kelly - Further Standards A mostly live album recorded in a London nightclub. Streaming in Roon via Tidal. I can't find any more info than that. Anyhoo, it's a great album with some lovely duets that have been very well recorded. A wonderfully relaxing way to ease into Sunday morning.
  5. @Sceeta Get in touch with @Duc and audition his Golden Age Reference Phono Stage. I haven't heard the Serenade, so can't offer anything specific to that. I can say that I had the pleasure of hearing the GA Reference in a high end system and compared it back to back with a considerably more expensive phono stage. I'll spare you the usual cliches, but it was definitely not embarrassed at any stage. If I had the money, I would definitely be looking at one of these. This doesn't fit with your all tube criteria, but I recently bought a Valab LCR and can tell you that's worth consideration as well. Superb value for money. Another SS phono stage I heard recently that I was hugely impressed with is the Whest PS30R that I imagine would be within your budget. Sadly it is beyond my reach just at the moment. I agree with @Noum above. It all depends on synergies with the rest of your gear. I would audition before buying if at all possible.
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    Sigur Rós ‎– Ágætis Byrjun Stunningly good late night album from this Icelandic outfit. Superb pressing to boot.
  7. Online retailers?

    Peter, it's been a few years since I bought any gear, but at the time Discount Digital Photographics were among the sharpest priced with good stocks available as well as having a bricks and mortar store in North Sydney. http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/ At the time I made my purchases, they were considerably sharper than DCW and had better stock holdings of the Nikon gear I was chasing, despite having a smaller shop. It's worth noting that all of their products are grey imports, but I've never had a single problem with either bodies or glass. Made by Nikon is made by Nikon regardless of where it's being flogged.
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    Another thumbs up here. As an album, it's not up there with Sad But True, but it's well worth a listen. P.S. I hate it when people buy it 5% cheaper than me and then skite about it on SNA... Currently giving Autumn Shuffle by Peder af Uggllas a spin. Grazie mille to @Hensa who kindly gave this record to me. Without Greg's generosity, I would never have heard of this artist and wouldn't be enjoying this wonderful album right now. Superb both in its musicianship and sound quality, this is a record that is a great addition to any collection. It's sounding very sweet indeed through the Valab LCR - I'm really starting to love this phono stage.
  9. An automatic cleaner definitely makes the process easier, but you can't beat the results from an ultrasonic. It's noticeably better than a vac machine. You're welcome to come around to my place and see how it works/test if for efficacy. PM me if you're interested. My whole process takes about a minute of manual labour per record and about 16 minutes total cleaning time from start to finish.
  10. @ah-um May I suggest you consider a cleaner that vacs from the underside? That way, if you decide to get an ultrasonic cleaner down the track (which I would recommend) you don't have to worry about making a shim to keep the wet face of the record off the cleaner. The Record Doctor V fits the bill nicely and is well within your budget. It cleans records just as well as any of the more expensive vacs and it makes a better partner to an ultrasonic cleaner than most.
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    Thanks Shane. Which would you go with if you were to only pick one?
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    My partner has just put on Floodland - The Sisters Of Mercy (CD rip via Roon). I'm usually told to turn my music down, but she's got this cranked! I haven't listened to this in years - I sure as hell don't remember it sounding this good last time around.. This has got me wondering whether it might sound even better on vinyl. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding which pressing I should buy?
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    Fela Kuti - Fela's London Scene Another record on loan that's getting air time at Casa ABG. Some of the most wickedly infectious beats you'll ever hear. This is the best Fela Kuti album I've come across. If anyone knows of a better one, I'm all ears.
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    He hasn't become any better looking with age, has he? Thanks for the heads up Greg, I'll add this to my list.
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    Ty Segall - Manipulator I have this on loan and after one listen it's on my buy list. The version I have is the red vinyl, which I had some reservations about initially, but it's a great pressing. The soundstage on this is huge and the music just tears it up. Highly recommended.