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  1. Thanks for the reminder. 300 mm probably isn't enough space for a rear ported speaker. That helps to narrow down the field. Thanks Snoop for the "listening low" advice - something I've never considered. Cheers Rohan
  2. Thanks everyone. I'll get out and start listening.
  3. Budget: $600 (new only, no used as they are a gift for someone) Location: On top of mid height entertainment unit set against wall (would be about 300 mm space behind speakers) Room size: 5 m x 6 m (but seated listening position is about 2.5 m away) Amplification: Harman Kardon AV Amplifier Duties: AV, CD's and digital (MP3's, streaming) Music: Rock (nothing too extreme) and some classical Upgrades: Addition of a subwoofer at some point in the future Would appreciate any recommendations for a short list to audition. I have trawled the web and found the following: - Monitor Audio Bronze 2 - Polk TSX 220 - KEF Q100 (on sale) - Klipsch R-15M - Paradigm Mini Monitor - Tannoy Mercury 7.1 - Dali Zensor 3 (on sale) - Wharfdale Diamond 220, 10.1 & 11.1 - Castle Knight 1 - Elac Debut B5 Is there any I have missed which would be contenders and which ones listed should I concentrate on? Many thanks for any advice offered on this.
  4. All DIY - left to right and top to bottom. IKEA placemat/cork, leather/cork, bamboo ply, LP/skid buttons, leather/bamboo ply and lead cloth/cork.
  5. Lenco owners thread

    Given the state that I'm going to leave the top plate in when I mount it I didn't plan on leaving the upper plinth with a clean look - an engineered look will be all I will bother with for now. I do plan on trimming the lower "crossed" plinth up properly on the ends though. I'll post another image of the plinth(s) once I get them bolted together. I think I'll probably purchase a "back up" tonearm as well in case my home made unipivot ends up proving too difficult to set up and adjust - but I did need to try in order to satisfy my curiosity.
  6. Lenco owners thread

    My "legs" are 40mm diameter aluminium bar drilled and tapped at each end. I will drill holes at the corners of upper and lower plinths and bolt it all together. Your can idea sounds good. You could fill with epoxy resin and once set you could drill an appropriately sized hole in each end of the can and screws/bolts would "self tap" into it.
  7. Lenco owners thread

    Platter is one of the heavy ones - it's been removed, and stripped of flaking paint. Bearing was fine - disassembled, cleaned, relubricated and reassembled. New idler wheel ordered. Idler arm removed cleaned, cleaned and wrapped in clear PVC tube to reduce resonance. Motor seems quiet and smooth - it's next on the block for the cleaning and relubrication process. I think I'll clean the top plate but not repaint it - just leave it with a "rat rod" sort of look. I've started on a new plinth and tonearm (unipivot) to suit the top plate without modifications - the "crossed" lower plinth design will allow me to support the bearing housing from below. All a bit ambitious for a "first timer" I know, but we'll see how it goes.
  8. The engineering in this looks to be pretty good value at just under $5000 (rim drive with magnet levitation bearing and linear tracking air bearing tonearm) - as long as you don't mind something that is "cottage built" and not readily available. http://www.trans-fi.com/salvation.htm
  9. Lenco owners thread

    The bearing and spindle seems good - I've disassembled, cleaned, lubricated and reassembled. The motor ran pretty silently and is also out and will get that treatment next. The idler wheel was cracked but I have "filled" the entire hollow side with epoxy resin and it's pretty solid now. I have "trued" and "sharpened" the idler wheel tyre on my DIY lathe (drill press) but I suspect it's hardened too much to do the job it was designed to do. So I will most likely have to replace it when I get it all going - should I replace with an Audiosilente wheel or a used steel wheel and idler arm assembly?
  10. Lenco owners thread

    It's too late, I'm already there.
  11. Lenco owners thread

    Here's your answer.
  12. Lenco owners thread

    I am now the (un)fortunate owner of this. Could be a long road ahead.
  13. Anyone in Newcastle? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Yamaha-Px-3-Turntable-Linear-Tracking-Turntable-Classic-Deceased-Estate-Sale-/222652369608?hash=item33d71d8ac8:g:g84AAOSw~oFZw6Zk
  14. Music in the Dark.

    The liner notes on The The's album Mind Bomb are explicit - "To obtain maximum pleasure & effect from this album, please play VERY LOUD!, VERY LATE, VERY ALONE...& with the lights turned VERY LOW!" Fore those unfamiliar with this band/album I would encourage you to take a listen under just such conditions. However, prepare yourself for a whole lot of bleakness with regards to the human condition, humanity, and religion. A sonic and thematic slap to the face. Here's a taste if you think you can cope - don't say you weren't warned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImI44EGIJ_0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riMpAsjDQbA
  15. Vultures are a very important, and unfairly maligned, part of the food chain.