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  1. Starting a specific thread for Vinyl Record spinning My plan is to go through my record collection one by one and post as I go with a nice photo Hope all record ( darksiders ) will follow my lead and post on this new Vinyl / Record spinning thread So to kick it off I will post one of the very first albums I purchased - and I had to order it Since then I never got over King Crimson - still a top 3 favourite band Artist - King Crimson Album - Young Persons Guide TT - Garrard 401 Stylus - Stanton 981 LZS Tonearm - Transfi Terminator Let the fun begin on the Darkside
  2. Item: Vinyl Stuff - Ring Mat Carbon Fibre Brush $50 Location: Sydney East Price: $50 plus postage Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank TT RingMat Developments have made a business over decades making TT mats. They work really well. The carbon fibre brush is only a few months old and used infrequently.
  3. Item: SOTA Sapphire Turntable (no arm or cartridge), includes upgraded armboard, record clamp and cover (refer pictures). Location: Bankstown area, Sydney (local sale and pickup only) Price: $400 (negotiable) Item Condition: Used but still in good working condition. Reason for selling: Upgraded to another turntable and not using the SOTA. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Cosmetically very good condition. Checked speed with RPM app and still running well. Pictures:
  4. Hi all Thought it would be a good time to post a record of my Garrard 401 referbishment to still be viable in the 22nd Century From the beginning I had my mind set on certain aspects I wanted to be included, and I also wanted a sim pathetic refurb on the turntable itself as not to alter the original look and build wherever possible So the first thing on the list was a beautiful and audio worthy plank of wood to be used as a plinth This search took a while by visiting and investigating local timber merchants available stock In the end I found some Crows Ash, the timber merchant explained to me that it's a soapy wood that needs patience to work with it but will be rewarding in the end A quick point is that when sanding or drilling, this timber smells like tomato sauce Some information I found on Crows Ash Crow’s ash is predominately used for flooring and decking. It is also used for boat building and outdoor furniture. In times gone by it was used as flooring for dance halls due to its highly durable characteristics. While it is visually appealing, this species is not easy to work with, which limits the applications it can be used for. Crow’s ash is quite greasy which means it is hard to glue and nail --------------------- At the time I purchased the Crows Ash and just prior to commencing the project in 2011 I had some health issues that required hospitalisation and although I built a few sets of speakers while mending, the Garrard TT project was shelved and put on hold for some time The time came to get a start again on the build Although the plinth was CNC cut and also routed so the Garrad body casing would sit lower shortly after it was purchased it was patiently waiting for me to give it some attention
  5. Item: Rega P-25 with TT PSU Location: ACT Price: $950 Item Condition: 7/10 (cosmetic) Reason for selling: Gone digital Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Modded with TT PSU (UK plug, with adaptor) comes with Denon DL-103R cartridge with minimal use (maybe 4 LPs). http://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2016/5/25/485pz361kfrk0dfsfp2jue8ui0gfen Pictures:
  6. Item: Electrocompaniet EMC1 CD Player 24/96 with spider clamp Location: Perth Price: $1500 FIRM Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Getting out of Hifi Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I have owned this superb player from new. It also comes with the spider clamp (cost $ 800). I will not go into the superlatives, suffice to say, it is a wonderful player and there are many reviews on the internet. Check the pics out for the condition as it is in really good shape. I do prefer local pick up, but will ship at buyers expense interstate. Whatever it costs me, it will cost you. Nothing extra. Thanks for looking. Pictures:
  7. Item: QED REFERENCE Audio 40 Phono to phono RCA 1m Location: Sydney Price: 130 Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup preferred or postage at buyer's expense Extra Info: I used this cable for some months, may be 6, then put it back in the box as I changed set up and I didn't need it. Pictures:
  8. Item: QED Reference Audio 40 Location: Sydney Price: $200 150 Item Condition: Mint Reason for selling: No longer used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought this cable a two years ago and used it for six months until changed equipment, it has been boxed since then. Great analogue cable.
  9. need some advice on spending my money. have around $15k to invest but need to replace my entire setup including turntable/speakers/cables/amp (+CD player). I am a music fan and have always spent my money buying CD's, records, going to gigs. I've never had the spare dough to own anything good to play them on. Have the unique opportunity during a house reno to get serious about my system. I buy and listen to almost exclusively vinyl now, but plan on keeping about 1000 of my favourite CDs in a drawer as i can't bear to get rid of that investment in time and money. I currently run a 30 year old kenwood turntable with cheap cartridge, a low quality amp and a pair of $300 second hand speakers. i think i need a belt drive table and would be happy with a solid base not suspended. I am designing my own wall/shelving in lounge room to keep all this stuff - bench of solid wood, hard floor with rugs or carpet. (in fact that is another question: if anyone has advice on the best physical set up, in terms of the shelving/materials etc I'd love to hear about it) I prefer the vintage styling and am probably looking at going second hand on most things. I like the look of something like the VPI classic, and vintage thorens, but also the shape and look of Dr Feickert woodpecker. I appreciate that the key is in the tonearm and cart - I really have no idea how to approach those. I'm not even sure I know about all the components I'd need to run the system - TT, amp/?pre amp/speakers/cables is that about it? I'd like to get a good CD player as well and this will need to be worked in somewhere. I live in melbourne and would be happy to shop local, but notice a lot of this stuff 2nd hand is online from overseas - buying advice? so basically, getting half of my house steamrolled and have an opportunity to set up my record player (and CD) as i want. around $15k +/- to spend on TT + everything i need to make it sound great. belt drive, vintage styling, 2nd hand ok. would love some ideas on what to get and where from. thanks very much for your help.
  10. If there are any RSD regulars willing to do me a favour I will be much appreciated.Regarding a couple of Bowie releases..PM please.........
  11. Hello, well this is a subject that is going to divide, and a subject that I NEVER EVER EVER EVER thought I'd be writing here about. BUT, well, here it goes...... I'm considering, or at least playing with the idea of selling off my analogue gear to go digital. ****, I've actually said it! Over several years and with a lot of help and advice found on this forum, I had a fantastic education and introduction into the world of Audiophile Hi Fi and equipment, starting off with vintage Sansui amps and speakers, then exploring the graceful sounds of luxman amplifiers through to Trafomatic tube amps and Hoyt Bedford/Omega single drivers. No to mention my complete vinyl journy into TT's, needles, pre-ampsn upgrading and tweaking (upgraditis), custom made counter weights etc etc.... and making custom made furniture to house it all in. Now after all these years, I'm going to give it all up in the favour of digital files, DACS and streaming? What's got me thinking: 1. Space, I'm now living in a small apartment (I'm in France and sheds and big houses are extremely rare) and I need to downsize. 2. Time, with work I have less time to spend building and tinkering with hi fi (although this is fun) and just want to come home and listen to music. 3. Cost, I'm sick of my eternal upgraditis and I can't afford things here in Europe (particularly in France where the Taxes are HUGE). Vinyl is expensive (even though I love it). 4. Access to new music. I'm finding myself spending more and more time discovering new stuff streaming on QOBUZ than listening to my vinyl collection. I've been really enjoying the exposure to artists outside my habitual orbit i.e. listening to stuff I definitely would never buy on vinyl due to $$$ but nevertheless really like. 5. I can listen to hundreds of high res files on QOBUZ and in the end its so much cheaper than buying vinyl. The romantic in me of course says WTF, but then the counter-romatic is excited by a change in direction and the opportunity to discover new equipment and further my education in audiophile sound. My horizons are opened by the digital possibilities of listening to music whereas the vinyl/analogue seems to bring me back to safe and secure territory (and of course I'm sick of convincing myself that Vinyl really sounds better.. although it does ... doesn't it???). Perhaps its the stars, but a change is underway. So I'm curious to see how other members have dealt with this in their audiophile addictions..... Cheers, Miles
  12. Hi, Recently an SNA member posted or pointed us to this article about vinyl pressing plants & their ability to pump out enough discs because of the renewed demand. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/07/-sp-vinyls-difficult-comeback This was good reading. One of the takeaways was the comment about how in a "Sunday Session" where Colleen Murphy played two versions of the same Beach Boys 45 (one from the 99 & one from the early 70's) that the original version sounded significantly fuller than the latter. She contributed this to a lot of current remastered vinyl being pressed from an mp3 source. This has got me thinking. How do you know or how can you find out (other than what the sales websites tell you) what source was used for the current crop of re-pressings? She mentioned that the Led Zep ones pressed at Optimal Plant were from the tapes, but many others from USA plants in particular were not. I'm interested to know any sites or data-bases which can tell you this & therefore make the purchasing of new re-pressings more transparent as I for one don't care much for pressings from mp3...
  13. Item: Sony TA-P9000ES Analogue multi-channel pre-amp Location: Melbourne, inner west Price: $700 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Comes in original packaging, with manual and remote Pictures: see below Buy it because: 1) its a rare 5.1 channel analogue pre-amp. 2) its a fantastic sounding pre. 3) its the last pre-amp sony made and part of the last of the great ES line you loved back in the day. 4) you have a AV pre-pro/power set-up and want to step into the analogue audio world without breaking the bank (it has HT bypass). Great review and full specs: http://members.iinet.net.au/~rutlidge/TA-P9000ES.html Up for sale is my Sony TA-P9000ES analogue pre-amp. What's special about this is it is a multi-channel (5.1) analogue pre-amp, built for the high rez audio age (SACD/DVD-A). That means you can connect it directly to the analogue outputs of your SACD/DVD-A (or universal) player and bypass your AV Reciever for pure analogue sound (ie no re-conversion to digital). You can of course also run it as a normal stereo analogue pre as well. It also has 5.1 HT bypass input, so can be fully integrated in your existing AV pre-pro system. The TA-P9000ES was the last pre-amp sony made and was part of the last "true" flagship ES range in the tradition of the great gear they made through the 80's and 90's. As per Alan's excellent review above, the build quality is also of a bygone age, with overengineered construction, copper shielding and screws, quality components and carefully thought out design. This is an Australian model (not 120v import) and I hunted around a long time to find one in perfect condition that I was satisfied with. Sadly it has sat unused for the last few years, as time for 2ch audio listening has been cruelly whisked away by the arrival of small people. An impending move interstate has now prompted a clean-out of unused items, so here it (reluctantly) is!
  14. Item: Used vinyl Lps - approx 200 individuals plus 9 boxed sets Location: Lower Blue Mountains, NSW Price: $250 - that's right, $1 a pop - but you must take the lot. Moving house imminently, so no time to sell separately - but what you choose to do with them is up to you... Item Condition: Most are good to very good, considering their age. A few are scratchy, but then the kids need some new frisbees, don't they? Reason for selling: Moving house into a much smaller place, so I have bitten the bullet and am getting out of analogue. Oh, I can already hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth - most of it from me. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash. May be able to organise delivery to some parts of Sydney..... Extra Info: This is the bulk of my Lps, dating from the 1950s through to the 80s, mostly played on my beloved Linn LP12 and holding up pretty well. All have been opened and played, so they are not highly prized "collectable" commodities - I prefer listening to music, strange as that may seem. But then I shared a bottle of 1984 Grange Hermitage the other day, rather than sell it - not bad, too.... Genres? An eclectic mix, including jazz (Scott Joplin, Cab Calloway, Ella, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Blossom Dearie) classical (sets of Schumann and Schubert lieder, Ravel, Britten, Gershwin, Rachmaninov, Orff, Prokofiev, Berg, John Williams guitar) a few soundtracks, early folk/pop (The Weavers, Cat Stevens, Belafonte, into Janis Ian, the McGarrigle Sisters) plus 70s/80s rock (Dire Straits, Sting, Elton John, Peter Gabriel). Something for everyone - sorry, thrash-heads.... Oh and several Monty Pythons! Pictures: They look like records. A big pile of them.
  15. In the past I have owned both types of tape players Cassette and Reek2Reel and still do to this day Just putting out the question what player have you found to be better and why The real reason for this thread is to find the best of the best Brands/Models of both types of players that you have owned, heard or have had experience with I am in search for an excellent cassette player to add into the system and I want to weed out the gems and make a short list I currently have a Sony TC 765 Reel2Reel and a baby Nakamichi 480 , 2 head Cassette deck
  16. Item: Pioneer SA6500 MKII amplifier Location: Adelaide Price: $100 ONO Item Condition: Full working order Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Am happy to post, delivery should be around $20-25. We've enjoyed this amp, but have had to upgrade and downsize so it needs an enjoyable new home where it can be turned up loud. Here are some notes I've found online: 'The Pioneer SA-6500 is a low distortion, high power, stereo integrated amplifier with wide dynamic range equalizer. Combining advanced circuits with a new design concept provides no-nonsense musical performance at a pleasing price. Precision CR tone circuit, a high performance equalizer amplifier for wide dynamic range, and simple to use basic features make the popularly priced SA-6500 even more appealing as a worthwhile investment in advanced Hi-Fi electronics.' Power output: 30 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo) Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz Total harmonic distortion: 0.1% Damping factor: 30 Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line) Signal to noise ratio: 72dB (MM), 93dB (line) Output: 150mV (line) Semiconductors: 2 x IC, 25 x transistors, 16 x diodes Dimensions: 380 x 139 x 308mm Weight: 7.6kg Pictures:
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