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  1. It's a good one alright. I was lucky enough to snag one of the 50 'mystery bag' variant. I was expecting it to be similar to a liquid filled LP, it looks like two single sided 12"s sort of glued together around the outer edge. I haven't tried playing it, that's what I got the $5 note variant for.
  2. Jeez, I can't believe I've been stewing on this since mid July (I still haven't ordered one). I did a bit of reading over the last couple of months and what I'd gleaned is that you're better off pre-cleaning particularly-grimy-records. Think of LP's covered in mildew, decades old & hard-set oily fingerprints etc. I know for sure that some folks just throw whatever records in(to their fully-automatic units) and if they don't come out clean, they just put them in again. But as @wikeeboy mentioned this would speed up your consumption of distilled water, cleaning solution(s) and degrade the filter sooner. Without filtration, I couldn't imagine this working out very good at all. Ultrasonic cleaning is (to my understanding) best suited as a final-step in your cleaning process, or for tackling dusty, static-ridden LP's and dealing with light residues. I plan on pre-cleaning most LP's to hit my Degritter (when I get around to ordering one), although to be honest I really do avoid seriously grimy LP's like the plague anyway.
  3. I've been running a Raspberry Pi 4B in my living room as a Plex server for a while now and have been wanting to see just what I can squeeze out of it for audio purposes. My AV receiver is lacking features like Bluetooth or even wifi for audio purposes, but it is recent enough to sport HDMI inputs and a DAC better than you'll find on the Raspberry Pi (what's on-board is pretty bad). I stumbled upon a (recently updated) install script that gives me most of what I was looking for. rpi-audio-receiver A simple, light weight audio receiver with Bluetooth (A2DP), AirPlay, Spotify Connect and UPnP. https://github.com/nicokaiser/rpi-audio-receiver The installation is just about foolproof. It all just works. Although, there is an audio-sleep for the HDMI audio output which can cause issues. Typically you'll miss the first second of any song that plays, annoying. My very crude (but equally functional) workaround is to leave VLC running with a looped track of silence. Since I'm lazy, I grabbed one from here: https://github.com/anars/blank-audio Initially I looped the 750ms sample, but the looping of such a short track caused excessive CPU use and audio hiccups. Switched to a half hour track and I've not had any issues since. Yeah, there's gotta be a more elegant solution for this but it works for now. From here, I'd like to add a local library playable via MPD and something along the lines of Airsonic to make that same library accessible when I'm out. As nice as Spotify is, there's plenty of content that doesn't make it there. While I understand the appeal in the ready-made solutions like roon, I do like having a little more control over things (and the ability to keep Plex and my other junk going) Enough blathering though, has anyone here taken a similar approach and used their Raspberry Pi for multiple purposes?
  4. Thanks for this, I think I'm pretty much sold on buying one despite still not having pulled the trigger. I'll have to give this a read. What has really sold me on US cleaning is probably this write-up here: http://www.high-endaudio.com/Ultrasonic.html I've also been meaning to try get through this thread: They are simultaneously so easy and yet so difficult to justify. I'm a collector with at least 2k records, I'm also a small time dealer. Between my personal collection and "stock" there's easily over 1000 records currently waiting to be cleaned. I know I'll only acquire more vinyl in the future and with all that, it's just enough to warrant the investment. I've also recently discovered that several hundred of my nicer LP's (including a good handful with four digit price-tags) were placed into defective(?) sleeves after I'd cleaned them. After 2 or 3 years I'm seeing small oily(?) spots showing up on them, can be hard to see them but with a little condensation they really stand out and look odd. At first I thought this to be moisture issue, perhaps mildew trying to grow? But since it's only appearing with one batch of sleeves I think it's safe enough to blame those. The following batch of inner sleeves from the same (Australian) source were extremely abrasive and quickly went in the bin. While they seem to clean up easily enough, I want them out of those suspect sleeves sooner rather than later and there's hundreds just sitting there... At the end of the day I'm not some kind of vinyl purist chasing analog nirvana. The best of my gear is in mid-fi territory, but I do want to look after what I've got (and reduce the effort involved in prepping my stock). Something I can't justify spending on though would be the 7" and 10" adapters... Why in the world wouldn't I just cut the middle out of a couple of trashed/unwanted LP's, drill 3 holes and add grommets. I'm sure I can manage that for less than $120~ a piece. Someone please tell me if I'm missing something here...
  5. This is the only Dual I've had. I don't think I'll hold onto it, really awkward for manual use. If the arm-lift is up, trying to move the tone arm feels like you're about to break something. Those motors can get really hot, too. Was about to say the same! What's it made of?
  6. I picked up an old integrated amp yesterday, Kenwood KA-2600 (with a Pioneer TX-9500 tuner). Untested and missing it's plug, frayed wires and all. I've been able to wire it up for brief testing and it does power up, though I haven't tested for functionality. It does look neat though. A friend mentioned something about the potential for asbestos content in old power cables though and it got me wondering. Googling around yields images of house wiring with cloth outer. The cable I'd been cutting/stripping did have a white paper insulation as well as what looked like a sort of ribbon(?) of white string, but the outer was typical grey rubber. It's not too hard to believe that an early 70s(?) product might have asbestos content somewhere, but should I be worried?... I reckon I've poked around with similar wiring in the past too, which would be a concern. Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of the cable before I'd stripped it and cut the string back.
  7. Nicer to look at than anything. Very messy signal chain here too, one of the (dual) tape outputs is run through a boring modern AV receiver. Thank goodness it's not my main system. Dual 1214 (AT 120E, Jico stylus), Teac A-450 tape, Realistic STA-52 receiver.
  8. Inspired by this thread, I pulled mine from storage (no easy feat, it's packed in there) and fired it up. Lo and behold the lamp isn't dead at all... but it still doesn't work properly. So disregard my prior waffling, because I've been barking up the wrong tree about where the issue lies (I think?) I'll be opening it up when I get the chance and I'll posting my progress (struggles) if I make any.
  9. The guys running the place seemed pretty knowledgeable and easy to talk to, but yeah off-centre pressings I've found quite common with them. I use a bic pin, insert nib first and apply light force and twist while holding the opposite side label. I've managed to correct (or at least significantly improve) most of the off-centre records I've had from them. Be careful! It's easy enough to slip and drag the pen across the entire playing surface, rendering one side unplayable. I speak from unfortunate experience. I'm with you on wanting to push them to improve, but I get the feeling that these issues stem from inadequate gear... gear that is uncommon, esoteric and unlikely to be replaced. But hey, what are you gonna do?... Not listen to independent Australian releases? 🥴 The majority of pressings that they handle (that I'm aware of, at least) aren't really for the hi-fi crowd IMO. Edit: Jeez, yeah ok that drill suggestion is an interesting one.
  10. Yeah I figured it would work pretty similarly, I'm more curious about how nicely it dries (i.e. does it leave obvious droplet residue etc) Is there much difference in performance with soft vs hard water or do the filters in fully-auto cavitation units handle this? At a pinch, I have used a DataVac in the past for some crude kitchen-sink/detergent record cleaning. Worked reasonably well but it did seem to leave some slight residue despite rather thorough rinsing and what I believed to be fairly soft water. But hey what do you mean by spinner box, like a spin clean type thing?
  11. It's a shame to have bad things to say about the only operational pressing plant in Australia, but here we are. Grimy records are one thing but they really need to get it together with aligning their stampers, there's gotta be some real wacky tolerances in how they're mounted/positioned. I've noticed this less with Anti Fade releases though, maybe Billy's a tough customer?
  12. For the past 5+ years I've been using a home made vacuum based RCM. Took a small coffee table, platter & bearing from a busted turntable, VPI 16 to 16.5 upgrade kit, shop vac and some hose to connect them. It's served me well, but takes up more space than it deserves and it isn't exactly a neat & tidy (or quiet) unit. Besides this, it's fairly laborious to use what with the platter being hand-turned so I'm looking for an upgrade. Having been cleaning records one way or another for 15~ years now I've gotta say, the idea of a unit that lets me: plonk in a record, push a couple of buttons, then return X minutes later to a freshly cleaned (and dry) record has a lot of appeal to me. Especially given the mileage I'm anticipating with my purchase. I'm sold enough on the cleaning ability of the Degritter (despite having not auditioned one) but I'm curious about the drying action and just what kind of finish records are left with. How does the fan-drying compare to vacuum drying?
  13. I've owned one of these for a while, it needs work. Only half of the cantilever remains, but I wanted to test the general tone-arm functions since it uses soft/auto controls. It would appear to cue correctly, but would then immediately trigger the auto-return. It's been in my too-hard basket since testing (don't ask how long). Turns out that a friend also owns one of these units and they mentioned that theirs also needs repairs - but he seemed to know what needs doing. There are some cutouts in the platter for sensing light (used to detect record size), which comes from a lamp located as circled in the image below. These lamps (if dead) need replacing. Now I've only seen two of these units but they both had the same issue, so there's a reasonable chance you'll encounter this too. It's interesting to see the plastic(?) platter mat cover - the one with the text on it, as mine no longer includes that. I can just barely make out some text there about using that sheet when playing coloured vinyl, presumably to block the sensor?... This really thows out any idea I thought I had for the repairs I haven't yet attempted (heh) I seem to recall picking up some matching speakers with mine, although they really weren't anything special and between grille/cabinet damage I doubt I kept them.
  14. Now I did glance through the Website Guidelines, so hopefully this isn't too spicy. Private Function recently took preorders for their upcoming LP titled 'Whose Line is it Anyway' Three variants, one of which is limited to only 50 copies and sold as a "mystery bag" edition at $100 a pop. It has since been revealed just what those 50 lucky(?) buyers are in for... Of course this has got to be some kind of vitamin supplement powder or something else equally boring, but it's a spectacle for sure. I'll be sure to give mine a thorough visual inspection before trying to play it. Is anyone else here stupid enough to have thrown money at this?
  15. If I had to think of a silver lining to COVID-19 (and losing my job to it)... It'd be something about the time I can now devote to spinning black pieces of plastic. If this continues, I might get a chance to fix up some of the audio gear I've hoarded over the past few years too. The name should be a dead giveaway for what kind of noise find particularly appealing 😉
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