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  1. Item: KUZMA Stabi Reference 2 Turntable, KUZMA Stogi Ref 313 VTA Tonearm, LYRA Kleos Cartridge Location: Oak Park, VIC 3046 Price: $10k FOR THE LOT. WILL NOT SPLIT. Item Condition: GROUSE Reason for selling: The twins are coming Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Deposit Only. PICK UP ONLY - NO BOXES. Extra Info: My pride and joy this is an amazing turntable package. I purchased this from Pure Music Group 6 years ago (Kleos 1.5 years)I'm selling this package to make way for my twins that will arrive in 3 months. I won't have time for much critical listening moving forward, so simplifying my system. The Stabi is constructed from two plates, each plate being made from a sandwich construction of two 10 mm aluminium plates, separated by an acrylic plate clamped together with pre-stressed, non-magnetic, stainless steel screws. The turntable chassis (top plate) is suspended by large springs submerged in silicone oil, with a low resonance of 2.2 Hz, which dampens movements of the springs themselves. The main base (bottom plate) is supported by three aluminium and stainless steel spikes. The top plate is easily levelled by four knobs. When this plate is lifted (for transport) the silicone suspension reservoirs are automatically sealed. Two motors in a diamond drive, power the subplatter, which has an inverted bearing with a ruby ball. Both ball and sliding ring have their own oil bath for lubrication and damping of any vibration within the bearing. The platter is also of a clamped sandwich construction, in order to combine the strength of aluminium (rigidity) and the damping properties of acrylic, which produces an exceptionally stable and no resonant support for records. The mat and special clamp are made in much the same way as the platter and further serve to control all vibration. The armboard also employs the sandwich construction design. In 2009 the new power supply called PS Ref 2. This power supply is the only difference between models Stabi Ref 2 and Stabi Ref . The Stogi REF 313 VTA is the 12 inch version of Stogi Ref 313 tonearm with fully adjustable VTA tower mounting on standard 9 inch position. The Stogi Ref 313 VTA tonearm shares the main features of Stogi Ref and 4 Point tonearm, i.e. precision ball bearings, a conical tube and unique VTA tower. The Kleos features the full fledged Ogura manufactured boron cantilever and coil system with Lyra original line-contact (3 x 70μm) stylus. This is similar to what is employed on even the most expensive Lyra models. Nevertheless, the most important element of the new Kleos is its sound. The Kleos is capable of extracting more information from the vinyl grooves than its predecessors, and that the reproduction of music is both more dynamic, more detailed, and more natural than the models preceding it. Photos:
  2. Item: RCM Sensor 2 Phono stage + Kuzma Stabi-S Turntable (with PS2 speed controller) + Stogi-S Tonearm + Lyra Delos Cart Location: Mount Martha VIC, 3934 Price: RCM SENSOR 2 = $3800 - SOLD (TT still available) KUZMA STABI-S TT + STOGI-S tonearm + PS2 Upgraded Power supply + LYRA DELOS MC Cartridge = $6750 (comes with free perspex dust cover, as per photos) Package Deal: $10K (RRP for this setup is approx 15K. Please note I prefer to sell this whole package COMPLETE) Item Condition: 9.5/10 Reason for selling: Have purchased a new car and need funds for that. Payment Method: Cash on Pickup or Bank Deposit. Paypal is my last preference and you will need to pay an extra 3%. Preference given to local pickup VIC buyers. I can send interstate at buyers expense, but very much prefer not to because of risk of damage. Extra Info: I bought these last year from Sonic Purity in May 2018, so this gear is approx 1 year old. The sale is somewhat regrettable, however I have other priorities now. The RCM Sensor 2 phono stage is magic and extracts every detail from the Cartridge while giving strong bass. (Has Furutech Connections, and external latest power supply) There are many reviews online about the phono stage and many who have heard it will confirm its high reputation. It has a multitude of loading and gain options. https://sonicpurity.com.au/store/phono-stages/rcm-sensor-2 The Kuzma Turntable is equally amazing in sound and build quality. Latest 2018 30mm thick platter! https://sonicpurity.com.au/store/turntables/kuzma-stabi-s It has the upgraded power supply which means you don't need to change pulleys etc to change the speed. The speed controller has a digital display. It comes with Stogi-S tonearm, and LYRA DELOS cartridge. (has had little use, but is run in. I honestly don't know the hours) Those who know this cartridge can tell you that its super detailed in the high frequencies and still has gorgeous midrange and strong bass. Cartridge azimuth has been painstakingly set up by Rom at Sonic purity, using computer software. I look after my equipment with a lot of care and live in a smoke free / pet free home. Auditions are welcome at my home only for SERIOUS BUYERS. Upon sale I always make donations to SNA. Thanks for watching. Cheers, Paul. Happy Easter to all. Pictures:
  3. Hi All, Further to my post last week, here is some feedback I want to share regarding my new Turntable Rig. I say “Rig” because I changed my turntable, arm and cartridge all in one large 'switch-out'. New Rig Details · Turntable: Kuzma Stabi Reference 2 · Arm: Kuzma 4Point – 11” · Cart: Lyra Etna SL Rest of the System · Speakers: Kef Reference 205/2 · Amplifier: AudiaFlight FL-Two (Integrated) · Phono-Stage: AudiaFlight Phono Why change? Previously I was using a VPI Classic One (the first iteration), standard VPI 10" uni-pivot arm, external string motor by Scheu Analog and a Lyra Delos moving Coil Cartridge. This was a great setup, I had never had such a dynamic, balanced sound. It was also my first experience with a uni-pivot arm and I was very impressed, I heard little uni-pivot 'chatter' that people often speak of. I used the external String Motor by Scheu Analog (soon to be sold on SNA) because I felt that the motor in the VPI plinth was a little too loud (vibrations through bearing) and tended to smear edges. The external motor was a huge improvement. Did I need to upgrade my setup? Absolutely not. Everything about my previous combo was awesome, I was sufficiently far enough up the 'law of diminishing returns curve’ that it would have kept me happy for years. However, my Lyra Delos was coming to about the mid-point of it’s useful life and I reached a fork in the road. I was so utterly impressed by the Delos (my first Lyra cart) that It started the cogs turning about an upgrade. The thing that kept bugging me is: how is it possible that the Delos is only the entry model for Lyra? In the end, I upgraded because of pathological curiosity. What does that incremental 10% “better” sound like (albeit at 3x the cost). Note: The outlay for this upgrade was considerable and by no means within normal expenditure for me – some people have a passion for cars, mine is vinyl. Upgrading to the Lyra Etna SL meant an upgrade in everything (the car needed to match the engine and so forth). So in reality it’s really the Lyra Etna that drove the entire upgrade. Preface I will not make comparisons between my setups because its normally not useful for others and is usually accompanied with too many asterixis, despites, howevers, keep-in-minds… Besides, the minds-ear has bad tricks it plays on your memory (and visa versa), without a direct A/B under perfect conditions any comparison is fairly useless. I will also not comment on ‘build-quality’ other than to say the components are as good as you would hope. It took a good month in order to get everything setup correctly. This probably would have been quicker but I was getting used to a new arm and turntable. The Lyra design is fairly congruent across the range, so there were no big differences in the geometry between the Delos and Etna (other than the strange asymmetric design – slightly off-putting at first). Tracking The Etna + 4Point combo tracks exceedingly well. Through difficult passages of music it never seems congested or ‘strained’. Everything is retained in a cohesive image, with no harsh/distorted elements. The impressive thing about the Etna is that it retains its ‘character’ under any conditions (more about character below) – that is to say there is no discernible changes in its ‘response’ with difficult tracking. Some cartridges can sound thin or bloated in complex passages (even good ones), the Etna appears not to. On the Hi-fi News Test Record I managed to pass all torture tests except the very last (though this doesn’t mean much). For fun, I pulled out my copy of the 1812 Overture pressed by Telarc – the one with REAL(!) canons. The combo breezed through the canon sections like a hot knife through butter. Interestingly, this is the first time I had been able to clearly discern other instruments at the point of explosion when the canons hit (/shortly thereafter). Normally (at least in my experience) the cartridge/arm is so occupied wrangling the 6hz tone modulation that everything else tends to go out the window. (Note: those who are thinking of getting a copy of the 1812 Overture by Telarc, I highly recommend doing your research before playing, this vinyl is potentially damaging to your system - I DO NOT play it often, it’s a once-a-year party trick). Sonic Character (the really subjective part) I will speak of the sonic character of the Etna as a proxy for the entire Rig, this is because I think the job of the Arm and TT is to interfere as little as possible in the sound-reproduction process. (that is not to say the individual elements don’t have a Character – of course they do, but you need to start somewhere). If I had to pick one word to describe the sound of the Etna it would be “Solid”. It may sound simplistic but after 2 months of listening, that is the one word that I keep coming back to. The mid-range is dense. The Etna has an unwavering solidity that has the effect of sounding like tape. I think this partially relates to how well it tracks: because there is low tracking errors, there is a higher consistency in the sound, and therefore you hear less “vinyl” and more music. I’ve often heard Michael Fremer say that good vinyl systems sound like ‘tape’ and I’m starting to understand more what that means. In terms of frequency response, the Etna does not appear to exaggerate anything. Highs are open, airy and fast (like all Lyra carts), without sounding bright. The bass extends low (very low) and is well defined, without being bloated – all ticks here. But you’d expect that from this kind of product. What the Etna doesn’t do is make average records sound better (some carts do that but at the expense to too many other elements). What it also doesn’t do (which many high-end cartridges fail at miserably) is that it doesn’t make them sound worse (important if you like listening to music….). You can read many reviews of the Etna where the reviewer states “it just makes you want to listen to more vinyl” - and I couldn’t agree with that statement more. However (and this is the exciting part), when you play a truly well mastered and pressed vinyl, hold onto your pants because this is where the Etna really shines. The Etna is so utterly impressive with dynamic slam, even-handed response, solid mid-range, it is out-of-this-world. Example One: Is a German press I own of Jimi Hendrix’s posthumous live compilation album ‘Hendrix In the West’: Listening to the iconic recording of Little Wing on Side-B is so utterly real, it left both myself and a friend speechless when we first listened. I’ve listened to this recording more times than I care to remember (mostly because it’s my favorite Hendrix song), when listening with the Etna you feel like your perched in the front row and you can hear everything from the skin of the drums to the buzz of the Marshall Stack 5meters away. Without sounding cheesy, it was like listening to it for the first time. Example Two: I picked up a copy of the newly re-released ‘LeGrand Jazz’ pressed by Impex Records (Bernie Grundman Mastering). There really is no ‘good place to start’ with this record, it contains some of the best musicians to ever live and is one of the best recordings I’ve ever heard. Listening to ‘Night in Tunisia’ and ‘Blue and Sentimental’ on SIDE-A is hands-down some of the best Jazz music (from both an audio+music perspective) I’ve heard. The dynamic swings in Night in Tunisia have a scary immediacy about them, in no way does this recording sound like 1958. If you want a good example of how things have potentially ‘gone backwards’ in terms of recording techniques, ‘Night in Tunisia’ is a good place to start. Shifting gears to ‘Blue and Sentimental’, a considerably more ‘laid back’ (“Blue”) track, the instruments have tangible timbre, so intimate you find yourself looking in the direction of the speaker to confirm it’s not right there in front of you! Summary As I said, this isn’t an upgrade I needed to make, nor was there much rationality in the decision-making process. Having said that, I’m sitting here 2 months later, considerably poorer but a very happy man. Sure, a 10% improvement is still only 10%, but I can say without hesitation that what this upgrade does to vinyl in my sound-cave is worth every penny. Buyer’s guilt = zero If you’re a little unhinged and/or looking at divorcing your partner, the Lyra is a good place to start. If you are single and/or have perfect mental health, don't shy away from giving it a go.
  4. Item: KUZMA STABI M TURNTABLE Location:TEMPLESTOWE Price: $16500 ONO (AUS RRP $24,000) Item Condition:EXCELLENT AS NEW Reason for selling:LOOKING AT A CHANGE Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, BANK TRANSFER Extra Info:PLEASE NOTE THE TURNTABLE IS ONLY FOR SALE, THE ARM AND CARTRIDGE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE SALE http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/kuzma-stabi-m-turntable-4point-tonearm-and-car-40-moving-coil-cartridge/ http://www.kuzma.si/stabi-m.html Pictures:
  5. Hi guys, Any thoughts, opinions or recommendations between the Kuzma Stabi S and Avid Ingenium? I like listening to vocals (Nat King Cole, Diana Krall), jazz, soul, acoustic. Current setup is KEF R300's with Rega Brio-R amp. Love to hear your responses and experiences. Thanks, Luke
  6. Having a vinyl collection laying dormant for many years and with the forced upgrade of a pre amp last year, I took the plunge and decided to get back into vinyl. I now have a Sound Reference turntable which to my ears plays very well, is easy to use and seems to do everything right. I have upgraded the cartridge to a Benz Micro Glider and I am blown away by the dynamics. A much more immediate and involving presentation than my CD player and I couldn't be happier. But I have this itch. The upgrade itch. I am considering buying another turntable. I will probably hang on to the SR turntable, but that could change depending on what I end up with. I will obviously keep the cartridge to use in the new turntable. I never knew there was such a passion for "old" turntables until I joined this forum. The workmanship in restoring and upgrading some of these beauties is incredible. And then I see the technical advances of the "newies" like the Kuzma, the Avid and the Pro-Ject RPM10 , I wonder will these "newies" outplay the oldies? Or are the oldies still doing the basics right and they also have the added attraction of being a piece of the past and still stand up and play with the best of them today. I do have a leaning towards bespoke products and could really see myself with a couple of turntables set up in the lounge room and just spinning away and thinking life is good....glass of red ....sorry about that, back on topic. So if I am looking towards an upgrade and considering what I am using now, what would be the next best step forward in my turntable evolution? As I am prepared to consider new and pre-loved, my budget is flexible and is between$1000 and $3000 for turntable and arm. I have trawled the classifieds here and there are some that catch my eye and some that I think are probably sold but still listed as FS. But again, I am looking for an upgrade so I am not really sure which ones would fall into that category. I really have a lot to learn about turntables in general and hope that I could get a range of opinions from the learned vinyl lovers and turntable "experts" in this forum. Maybe "upgrade" is the wrong angle and I should be looking towards a different flavour, a different sound, a different look. Thanks in advance for any advice. Cheers, Steve
  7. Item: Kuzma Record Cleaner Location: Sydney Price: $395 SOLD Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Moving OS Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit Extra Info: I'm the first and only owner of this fantastic vacuum record cleaner. It is a genuine 240 volt machine that comes with its box and manuals. It has a wonderfully small form factor, which gives it a high WAF. Pictures ALSO AVAILABLE: Audioengine P4 Speakers in Carbonized Bamboo (NOT Veneer) http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/50036-fs-audioengine-p4-bookshelf-speakers-in-bamboo/ MiniWatt N3 Amplifier in Silver a wonderful match for the AudioEngine P4s http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/50037-fs-miniwatt-n3-amplifier-silver/
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