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  1. In a pond at sunset, St Helens, Tas
  2. That is a lot brighter, @aasza, than what my wife photographed there yesterday morning!
  3. OK, it looks like you are opting for pedantry, so I will reply in kind. At no point, anywhere, did I say the TT for sale was a 1995 model. Nor did I say it is unchanged from the 1995 model. Nor did I imply it. I looked up when the P9 was released, and the answer was 1995, and I said so. I said nothing about the specific TT for sale. In fact, I don't comment on the pedigree, or give comments on what I think in any fashion, on items listed in the Classifieds. It's against forum rules, anyway. I aim to be a good forum citizen at all times. I do wish, however, to register my resentment at being accused of posting incorrect and misleading information. I never said what you said I said, and that's a fact. I never tried to mislead anyone. Right now, I feel as if you are overreacting as a personal owner, and taking slight at things that weren't said or meant. I am going to unfollow this thread right now, because you appear to be on the attack, and I have had enough. I am not the combative sort. I am also not the sort who would literally -- -- tell someone to buy a used item that they have not examined in person, tested, or listened to, or know the exact history of, including any accidental or otherwise abuses. The relative merits and risks of buying second hand, vs new, items of delicate mechanical equipment, are IMHO clear. And -- before you jump in -- that is not meant to be a specific comment on the specific item for sale. It is a general comment. regards
  4. Well, hang on, gents. As you can see, I was answering a specific question. Any accusations that I went any further than that, are totally unfounded. regards Grant
  5. Hi @betty boop, for your status as a P9 owner, I grant you unlimited licence to sing its praises! 😎 cheers Grant
  6. See this post. (Hint: a quarter century ago.) Good for classic collectors.
  7. Hi Brian, good luck with your quest. Putting aside subjective reports (because they will always vary, often to extremes, and in the end, there is no reason that your experience will be the same as any of them, and that's the only one that counts in your case), I just thought I would mention that the P9 is a 1995 turntable. One for the classic collectors, IMHO. Even though I am not an expert on the old girl, I would guess that Rega's 2020 P6 advances on it in a number of ways. Taking into account your happiness with your setup, and your stated budget, your notion of proceeding along the line of development of your current, satisfying, deck makes a lot of sense to me. Whether that be changes to the deck (e.g. a P6) or arm or cartridge, is the big question. I don't think the P6 option is a sideways step, at all. Almost every technology has been completely changed, not just updated or upgraded. Comparison here. The P6 has several technologies from the P10 and P8. Speaking of which, if you buy a P6, Rega have, since 1 Feb 2020, been fitting it with the P10's advanced belt. This belt is not white, so check that out if you are buying and paying full price. cheers Grant
  8. Hi Chris, thanks for the explanation. That is how they are made as an improvement on general practice. From Rega's material, "Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Apheta 3 these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship. Conventional MC cartridges utilize a steel suspension system (tie wire) which creates a high amplitude H.F. resonance (normally around 8-12kHz). Such resonance is unacceptable and is usually damped by a rudimentary piece of foam rubber. However, the foam rubber deteriorates with age and cannot prevent the complete structure from vibrating and “ringing”. The specifics and adjustment of the tie wire and damping determine whether the cartridge is under damped (bright) or over damped (warm and bass heavy). A happy medium is rarely achieved. This encouraged Rega to pursue a new direction inspired by modern materials and the basic laws of magnetism. ....Moving coil aficionados will all recognise the long search for super clear, high frequency combined with firm, tight bass, characteristics all Rega moving coils exhibit." Their excellent measured results should satisfy anyone that they have succeeded in their aim to improve on all other cartridges, in this particular respect, without ill consequence. Measurement show that the stylus is not, as you would imply, flopping around in some manner, that would be bound to lead to disastrous measurements. I note that the Rega material, quoted above, refers to their MC cartridges, so I am not sure if this advanced technology applies to the Exact. The manufacturer's page for the Exact makes no mention either way. But you suggest that it does: if so, that's fantastic. cheers Grant
  9. How vague! 🤔 But it doesn't matter: every product has its horror stories from some customers. They are not representative, IMHO. cheers Grant
  10. Hello Phillip. Take a good look at the Rega Exact. Precision build, fixed (non-interchangeable) line-type stylus. Accurate and very low distortion. $539 at local authorized reseller. cheers Grant
  11. Well done Paul. The right decision for you is the only right decision. And Rega do make excellent cartridges at the technical level. The subjective reports that we read, about the various brands, are 'to taste'. cheers Grant
  12. Hi David, yes, those speakers I would consider sorted above the transition area 200-300 Hz. All you will achieve, with Dirac above transition range, is worsen the on-axis response (#1 priority) in exchange for smoother total sound response (#2 priority). Not a good idea IMHO. cheers Grant
  13. Hi David, tell us a bit about your speakers. If they are active speakers with manufacturer-embedded DSP, and the manufacturer has done a competent job, then I would be inclined to only run Dirac, to a target, below transition frequency. regards, Grant
  14. Hello Dave, it is what I see. I have overlaid two of David's graphs (and matched scales), to show what I mean (that the measurement is not very close to the prediction). If they were fine, the red line (measured after Dirac) should very closely track the dark green line (predicted after Dirac), which is kind of hiding behind the yellow target line. Bear in mind, the grid size is 10 dB. I thought that was a big enough deviation from prediction, to comment on. cheers Grant
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