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  1. https://www.kimber.com/products/4TC https://www.kimber.com/products/8TC
  2. Good advice above, identifying the problem is basically working out which part needs to be earthed, and which combination works. Does your turntable have an earth binding post? Try connecting that to your phono stage if it does. Is the phono stage's binding post connected to the amp? Although probably not related, you've mentioned that you've moved into a new house. Have you checked the power points are correctly wired? Cheap testers are available at Bunnings. Good luck
  3. Aesthetics are important to me, but in general with my hifi sound quality is the primary concern. When I've done some DIY I put care into the construction and design so it looks like a professional item. I love the look of some of my components, and others have had very little attention to visual design.
  4. I bought an Ikea TV stand in the 1980's when TVs were extremely bulky and heavy, it had a shelf for a VCR, and is still being used for our kitchen TV. I recall looking at it thinking that it was very solid and two would make an excellent hifi rack. It even came with pre-drilled holes and pins to stack them! Unfortunately by this stage they had been deleted from the catalogue (they were not as popular as a Billy bookcase). I looked for years for another. Got really excited to find one, but it had been abused and left in the rain so it was delaminating and the particle board expanding. I e
  5. A shame to see such a fine turntable in that condition. My understanding is that those Garrard's are a hardy design. I've seen refubishment stories posted of turntables in much worse condition come back to life (eg. CafeLate's barn-find Commonwealth). It should be quite simple as there are only three considerations - time, money and care!
  6. Very cool and stylish. Reminds me of the early Beatles when they wore the cuban heels. GLWTS.
  7. In general I've had no problems moving records in boxes for many house moves. It's only been between suburbs though. I concur with the above advice. I have had problems moving my singles. I have them in cardboard boxes that fit them nicely, so it's possible flick through them. Each box is about 45cm long, so they hold quite a few records but are quite easy to carry, supported underneath. For some reason, on several independent moves, the removalists have dropped the box, and some of the records have fallen out. The removalists just jammed them back into the box, tearing slee
  8. Your methodology is flawed. The confirmation bias only works if you have paid money and know that there is no return available, or only an exchange to something you know you don't want of the same value. I suggest you purchase the Zazen somewhere else without a return policy. I'm sure you and your wife will find a real and noticeable difference. Something else to try. I notice you have records stored under the turntable. These can influence the sound: - Heavy metal albums provide a solid platform with a lot of mass for a turntable, and can soak up any nasties with ease,
  9. I find it frustrating reading US audio forums where people list their garage sale and goodwill shop finds. There is so much vintage gear over there that it doesn't seem to difficult to get reasonable quality (lower-end) components for next to nothing. At the higher-end, again there is comparatively so much more in the country that it's easy to get components (of course, at this quality range not at the goodwill prices).
  10. The Cool School of the 1950s – The Beginning of Modern Jazz in Australia Historic and cool recordings. From the Australian Jazz Museum (in Wantirna, Vic). Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy jazz. These CDs not only are preserving Australian jazz history, but the profits go towards maintaining the museum.
  11. Platter removal - note the hole through the top of the spindle, that you can thread a wire through to lift the platter. I made a tool from a small allen key.
  12. That would be for the platter bearing. SAE20 synthetic compressor oil. I spoke to a ROCOL technical manager, who recommended "Molybond Formula 2.5" as the Moly additive. He said the quantity isn't critical, no harm can occur by adding too much. I bought some from Repco, it comes in a yellow box like toothpaste, for about $25 (from memory). For the motor, the 1966 Supplement to the manual "strongly recommends that only the ROCOL Molykiron SAE 5 oil be used - some household and sewing machine oils tend to become 'gummy' and trouble will eventually occur". So for the motor, SAE
  13. What questions do you have for your Commonwealth? If there is a problem with the idler, I believe that cafelate can make one for you. Your Commonwealth has the optional solenoid, which protects the idler from developing accidental flat spots. The felt mat was used for radio use, most Commonwealths had a rubber mat.
  14. I can't argue against a hammertone finish. It wins every time in my book.
  15. You might be right with this hypothesis. This thread on VE has a couple of owners of high-serial 301's (but not much info on them) https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=21526
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