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  1. Different weight of headshells can be used to tweak compliance with cart's, eg. a heavier headshell can add to the mass of the arm for low-compliance carts. I believe that an advantage of the magnesium headshells (apart from rigidity) is their lower mass compared to other materials.
  2. Sell it without the lid if you can. A replacement Technics lid would be difficult to find (and would be expensive), and getting one made would cost more than the turntable is worth.
  3. I think there have been times when we all have done something that has made us jump with an unwanted and potentially damaging noise through our hifi's. Although I've never had a reaction that's gone through a wall. I is certainly one way to torture-test speakers, but not recommended!
  4. It looks like a nice system, but one that would be considered consumer/entry level. Good for what it is and would be excellent for someone wanting something reliable but not audiophile. I would agree with Deano's estimates (or a little less). A Technics SL-Q212 Turntable was advertised on SNA in 2018 for $150 including a lid in nice condition, it's direct drive which attracts some followers. A good condition lid or the absence of one significantly affects the price. I'd suggest first trying to sell it as a system. GLWTS.
  5. Good direct drives are very good. But they have more complex electronics, to potentially go wrong in the future. There are thousands of 1200's out there, so likely to be good servicing options and there is a wealth of shared knowledge about them in cyberspace. Belt-drives are simpler technology, and provided you can get belts can be very reliable and produce wonderful sound (with quality units). You may have had bad luck with the TD158, or it might be a model prone to problems (I'm not an expert on them). Why not check out some, and go with what you feel sounds the best and meets your taste?
  6. Cruising on eBay I found this "0.96" OLED Music Spectrum Display Analyzer Level Indicator VU METER Amplifier" device. I'm wondering if someone could explain what use something like this would have. What would you put it into and use if for? - firstly, the less than an inch in size would not make it a very user-friendly device. - I understand that the spectrum analyser could have some uses. But the pics of the other modes have me baffled - eg. What's the display with the two circles show (the device is described as mono, so it can't be showing l+r channels)? The display of the "scope" screen is tiny, even before you consider the width is less than an inch - how could this be useful? https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/0-96-OLED-Music-Spectrum-Display-Analyzer-MP3-Amplifier-Audio-Level-Indicator/322434413412?hash=item4b1296b364:g:VoIAAOSwSv9c0Atx Note that I'm not interested in buying it. Just curious if there is any practical application, because I'm not seeing it.
  7. Reminds me of when I was in rentals and moved often (landlords selling my home from under me!). I have many 45s, in boxes which allow for flicking through. For some reason removalists would always drop them, and I would discover one box where they had taken records that had fallen out and shoved them back into the box, tearing sleeves in the process. They wrecked a few valuable disks in the process, but I wouldn't discover until some time after the move when I would be getting the non-essentials organised. My lesson: don't trust the removalists, and move anything delicate/valuabe in your car if you can, no matter how well packed it is.
  8. I disagree. I'd never heard of this turntable until it came up in a SNA thread recently, and I've learned that it is a very good turntable. If I was a rich collector of turntables my interest would certainly be piqued to check it out.
  9. Back when milk came in imperial sizes actual milk crates were a perfect fit for records. Then metric came along and spoiled things for record collectors, as the new crates didn't fit records. I wonder if that was by design because so many people stole the milk crates for records. The plastic crates from Bunnings are a good width and depth, but don't have the height so you can't stack them.
  10. Can you find out what it originally sold for, and that would give you an indication of which turntables it directly competed against. Townshend may be able to help you with this. Price it for the value the competitive turntables go for now. It will probably be lower than the very high (unrealistic) prices. Note that it is a relatively unknown turntable which would make it more difficult to sell. Hence some of the lower prices you have seen it go for. In your ad it would be wise to include a lot of information to educate potential buyers about it's unique design and quality. GLWTS.
  11. Repurpose a retail softdrink fridge, but not have the temperature set so cold? eg. a single-door version of this:
  12. I wouldn't expect to see a boxed Metallica or Hendrix set on Armstrong's record shelf - he had enough trouble coping with bebop! Records on his shelf: Louis does have a Bix Beiderbecke box set (blue spine) - one of his main competitors in his early career. His own Swing Society ‎– Swingin' The Louis Armstrong Song Book is proudly on display - it's a Swedish release, in Stockholm 1970 (which gives an indication of the date of the photo). It may be on display because it may not have been available in the US. Another box (grey spine) has the artist's name ending in "~NG", which suggests that it is a Louis Armstrong (which also fits with the fragment of the letter cropped before the "~NG" being an "O"). The title is "Paris 19??" - I can't work out the date due to pixelisation, it looks like 1954 or 1934 (but that doesn't fit a quick google search of his titles). The red box is Spirituals by Marian Anderson. The title of the dark blue box between the Anderson and Bix is titled "St. Louis Blues" - a standard jazz number, and I can't guess which artist's name ends in "~TH" who may have recorded it. At the extreme left, is a box with a light-blue and gold spine, with the letters ..."MINOR-ALBUM", or possibly ..."MINOR-ALBUM II" - not enough information to identify it. There is an LP with a black spine near this box, but unfortunately the low resolution won't allow recognition of the catalogue number in bold white text.
  13. Probably made for environments where they played constant music, eg. restaurants, cafes.
  14. Yes, I remember the Dymo labelling machine. It was so revolutionary, "typeset" labels, so much more professional-looking than the handwritten or typewriter-written labels on paper stuck on with cellophane tape (that yellowed and became brittle with time). The Dymo labels made things look so much more sophisticated. My reaction to the Dymo labels on Louis' amp was how dated it looked. We have come a long way since then.
  15. The tape machine on the right is a Tandberg 64x Four-track stereo / mono, 3 speeds: 7.5 inch/sec (19cm/sec) @ 30-20000 Hz, 3.75 inch/sec (9.5 cm/sec) @ 30-14000 Hz, 1.875 inch/sec (4.75 cm/sec) @ 50-7000 Hz. The "X" in "64X" stood for "Cross Field Head." It was an extra head that fed a bias signal from behind the tape across to the opposite channel record head. The cross field head system is intended to give lower distortion during recording. It doesn't affect playback, so it has no effect when playing pre-recorded tapes or tapes recorded on another machine. This hybrid set used 10 tubes, 8 transistors, and 2 selenium rectifiers.
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