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  1. Yeah, it took a few months for mine to settle down and open right up. Once that happened it has been nothing short of spectacular. Super long burn in time.
  2. True. If you can do the work yourself then thats the better choice. That said, in terms of sound quality it's still the best sounding, relatively inexpensive phono stage I've come across. The upgraded model with external transformer has a significantly lower noise floor and is still the best sounding unit I've come across after the Valab LCR-1. Considering getting the 4.7uf caps changed for Mundorf Silver Gold to see how far it can go
  3. Yes, the Douk 834P copy is excellent, and thankfully uses a larger case and transformer than the original so is easier to modify. That image above is of Valab's budget phono, the Op-Mini. I own both it and the LCR-1 (2018 version) and it doesn't hold a candle to the LCR-1. Performance reminds me of a Vincent Audio stage. Currently the LCR-1 is the one to beat though in an entirely different price range. Actually, I've a modified Realistic 42-2101A with the transformer moved externally which significantly betters the Op-Mini. To me it's the best budget MM phono stage available though for LOMC's you need a SUT or head amp such as @andyr 's Paris head amp. Presently I run the Valab LCR-1 in my main system and modified Realistic 42-2101A in my second though am interested in upgrading to Andy's on stage at some point. Glowing user reviews and I must say the silver version using rack mount case is beautiful too (aesthetics are important at a certain point). The Realistic though you simply hide away behind the entertainment unit. Plug and forget. Modded Realistic: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Realistic-42-2101a-completely-upgraded-audiophile-6/192776426179?hash=item2ce25ed2c3:g:EVUAAOSwq6VcKpfx:rk:3:pf:1&frcectupt=true 240V AC external transformer: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMIGO-AC-DC-ADAPTOR-AM-121200AB-12V-1200mA-UK-PLUG/233057857195?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D8826250529ee4c97a97838a25a76b9c5%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dlo%26sd%3D153334986739%26itm%3D233057857195&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A1072b433-1791-11e9-bd83-74dbd1801335|parentrq%3A49b3bc3e1680aaa32512e8a2fff2b80f|iid%3A1 Other stages I've run include the Yaqin MS23B, Little Bear T10 v2.6, Douk Tube Phonobox (834P circuit), Sheer Audio MM-88 (Marantz M7 based), Valab Op-Mini. a borrowed Vincent PHO-8, Cambridge Azur 651P and possibly a few others I can't remember. So far my two favorites remain the LCR-1 and Realistic.
  4. Really excellent new. Happy to hear it
  5. I'll get it checked out and recapped at the same time.
  6. I certainly hope so
  7. Not especially, the won't do the tip only retips and repairs (like my GP922 with damaged suspension) that Garrot Bros do. Pretty sure Garrot Bros in Melbourne are the gold standard
  8. Mmmm, hopefully some better resistors is all it needs. Fingers crossed
  9. I'm not sure what any of that means
  10. Damn, it's a shame as there doesn't seem to be anyone replacing the old skill set. I think I'll get in touch with Donald Tan. I located his website after a Google here: http://www.jirihifi.com/dxt/dxt_index.htm
  11. Yeah, Australian
  12. Around $300 Inc post
  13. I'll need to open it up for more detailed photos this weekend I think. Still, nice spot. I'd rather check it out and find nothing wrong than wait for it to fail and potentially take other parts out.... The JAM caps that will be going in aren't exactly cheap.
  14. Hey guys, is anyone aware of a competent tube amp tech local to Brisbane? I had the bottom off my Oldchen KT88-K3 to check values of the coupling and input caps ( to change to Dueland JAM caps) and @Muon N' noticed that there's a number of resistors look burnt. I'd like to see if there's anything wrong with it. The vendor advised that it could handle KT120's rather than the stock KT88's so I've been using those the past two years so it's possibly that.... Or perhaps the transformers are only stamped 240v and are actually 220v.... Either way I need to find out if there's an issue and how to prevent it. I love this amp. Sounds truly wonderful.
  15. MattyW

    Next Steps... Cartridge?

    Aye, the better the cart the better the setup needs to be. Especially true of line contacts