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  1. Another store could go...

    Hardly the landlords fault, they need to pay there expenses and bills too, its simply supply and demand in areas closest to public transportation, yuppy thriving areas and distance to the cbd. There’s a reason why property prices in the market have increased more than two folds for 90% of the suburbs within the 10-15km distance to the cbd and already valuable suburbs such as Kew, Toorak, St Kilda and Hawthorn hold there values very well and very high. The only small stores that can survive in crowded and competitive areas like Glenferrie rd are cafes/coffee palace and casual dine eateries. Also with most going e-commerce, niche brick and mortar stores have a much much harder time surviving. We are in the digital era, it’s not the 80-90’s anymore. cheers
  2. You should’ve threatened to sue him. I did that years ago to an ebayer who got on my bad side (am a lawyer by profession), things got resolved within 10 minutes. Cheers,
  3. Item: Rare Audio Alchemy DDS-2 CD Transport NO Remote Control and Audio Alchemy Digital Transmission Interface Location: Melbourne Price: $550 for the transport and $170 for the DTI Item Condition: Good to great, see below. Reason for selling: Surplus, extra toys Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal + fee Extra Info: So as promised here I have up for sale my second rare Audio Alchemy DDS-2 transport but without the original remote control. I am selling another identical unit with its original remote control here: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/234264-fs-audio-alchemy-dds-2-cd-transport-wremote-control/. Like my other DDS-2 transport, It has recently been serviced as well as some modifications done to the chassis (dampening), EMI/RFI filter board installed to power supply etc and a fix for a mechanical design flaw present on all stock DDS 2 players which can damage the transport cd draw over time. This one has had some surgery performed on it by my tech, it was purchased from another seller who did tamper with it and could not fix it, thus leaving it in complicated mess. The repairs involved rewinding specific secondary windings of original transformer, re-laminated with varnish epoxy, a hard to source digital chipset replacement, a new 16.933mhz oscillator clock and a new laser both sourced from Japan. The other service includes replacement of all capacitors (original ones were no good), diodes in the digital power supply section to ultra fast recovery types, transport mechanism check up (laser, micro-switch, motor's, spindle, belts, pulley's and gears lubricated where needed) etc. These transports use the rare and reliable Sanyo transport using the SF-90/P1 laser mechanism which is found in the high end CEC TL-XX series transports and sound fantastic as an overall spinner, can read original CD's and CD-R/RW's with ease. Superb bass handling, treble control and soundstage impression to the listener. Connections wise, only SPDIF/coaxial out. Due to its vintage there are some minor nicks on chassis and casing, some usual wear and tear but overall a conservative 7.5/10 condition, face plate itself is practically clean but there is some minor knocks to the corners of the faceplate which has been touched up with nail polish by my tech. I have two of these units, this one has an extensive service and does not come with the remote control, whilst the other does and has a general service/health checkup. I also have a revamped Digital Transmission Interface with its original 120v wallwart to go with and match with these players, the Digital Transmission Interface or "DTI" is designed to lower jitter and sundry noise exhibited by the player (or whatever interface) it is plugged into. Great sounding combination for sure. I rate it a conservative 8/10 condition (needs a wipe down) with a minor nick to one of the corners. Has audiophile anti-vibration cones installed. PS, both units have screen protectors cut out for the displays, not perfect as you can see some bubbles but I like to take care of my things. Cheers, Pictures:
  4. Looks like an issue outside of the sellers control as with any pre-order you have to take in account of an potential overheads with stock or release delays of said product regardless of the date the seller has mentioned as he is the middleman in the transaction. A smarter and a more professional approach would’ve been sending a reply email to the seller after 1-2 weeks of not receiving your product and asking for a refund, just as a courtesy notice that you still haven’t received the LP after 5 days. Communication may have been better on his end but I wouldn’t exactly go to far lengths with calling him a liar but he could’ve worded his description better with not making a promise that it’ll be shipped 5 days after release date. A disclaimer on his description would also have been better with a mention of possible delays for future preorders. i think the only reason why he marked it as sent is because ebay will keep nagging you to ship the item once the buyer has paid for it. But rather than a release delay it looks more like his supplier was dry on stock. Cheers,
  5. I can post. Cheers,
  6. Pictures Added. Cheers,
  7. Item: Rare Audio Alchemy DDS-2 CD Transport with original remote control Location: Melbourne Price: $600, Neg - Ok Item Condition: Good to great, see below. Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal plus fee. Extra Info: Here I have up for sale a rare Audio Alchemy DDS-2 transport with its original remote control. It has recently been serviced as well as some modifications done to the chassis (dampening), EMI/RFI filter board installed to power supply etc and a fix for a mechanical design flaw present on all stock DDS 2 players which can damage the transport cd draw over time. The service includes replacement of all capacitors (original ones were no good), diodes in the digital power supply section to ultra fast recovery types, transport mechanism check up (laser, micro-switch, motor's, spindle, belts, pulley's and gears lubricated where needed) etc. These transports use the rare and reliable Sanyo transport using the SF-90/P1 laser mechanism which is found in the high end CEC TL-XX series transports and sound fantastic as an overall spinner, can read original CD's and CD-R/RW's with ease. Superb bass handling, treble control and soundstage impression to the listener. Connections wise, only SPDIF/coaxial out. Due to its vintage there are some minor nicks on chassis and casing, some usual wear and tear but overall a conservative 8/10 condition, face plate is practically clean. I have two of these units, I will be listing the other one as well. Cheers, Pictures:
  8. Still available. These can be subbed in place for 5U4, 5AS4 and 5Z3 rectifier positions, just a slightly lower voltage drop. cheers,
  9. Ouch! The US global shipping program forward freight is from the seller to Pitney Bowes whom is the last point of contact for international delivery (before customs of course). Your shipping payment would be broken into 2 paypal transactions, 1 for the seller including cost of item and postage costs for them to ship to a Pitney Bowes receiving inbound center/drop off depot, and the last transaction is from Pitney Bowes to Australia. It sounds it wasn't packed properly, I'd get in touch with the seller, but if it was double boxed it still doesn't stop an idiot from throwing the box over your fence. I'm assuming the receiver parcel was dropped via one of Australia Post's contracted courier service? Should be Startrack, unfortunately you're out of luck as you did not insure the parcel, complaining to Startrack/AusPost without evidence leaves you with a damaged receiver and sucking up the loss. Cheers,
  10. Knock offs/clones on ebay

    That was the cheap Pioneer DV-300 dvd player (which I still have) they took the internals, added some fancy case and sold it for 4000 euros. The same sort of stuff Wadia, Lexicon, Theta, Audio Alchemy etc...all did in the 90's to 2000's. http://lampizator.eu/LAMPIZATOR/REFERENCES/Goldmund/goldmundizator.html Lexicon rebadged the Oppo 9xx series player and sold it for $5000usd around circa 2009. Cheers,
  11. Knock offs/clones on ebay

    Most of the Chinese knock-offs use fake components or recycled parts (capacitors, resistors pulled from equipment). The schematics mostly are never 100% the same to the original, some of the reasons I can think of is because they will be infringing on the original brands patents and IP (intellectual property) and copyright of the circuit design. The Chinese have no respect for other people's IP and copy whatever they want to make money on there end. I have seen listings pulled down due to copy of design and imitation builds of the original devices reported by their original designers. In fact, if you choose to do any sort of manufacturing in China, you must provide them your designs and schematics for whatever the product is before commencing manufacturing there. You can obviously imagine where your design and schematics will go from there onward's. Cheers,
  12. I showed that picture to my tech. It's a Pioneer transport/laser mechanism, same type found in the old DV-7xx and AX-10 DVD players from 2001-2002. Good luck! Cheers,
  13. Pictures uploaded. Cheers,
  14. Item: 2 x Brimar Made in England BVA 5V4G/GZ32 tube rectifiers Location: Melbourne Price: $100 each or both for $185. Item Condition: Visually good, see below. Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal plus fee, bank deposit Extra Info: Purchased early last year from a reputable tube seller in the US, paid $170AUD for each tube and higher than my asking price not factoring shipping. These are tested and sold to me as NOS, these are special 5v4g as they come in the type 80 rectifier glass envelope, some say these are amongst the best of the 5v4g/gz32/cv593 family. Does not come with original box but visually great condition, unused. I no longer have tube amplifiers that use these type of valves so they must go as they were surplus. Pictures:
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