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  1. Struggling to find a decent Bookshelf speaker under $1k (maybe able to go higher) Liked the specs on Q Acoustics 3030i https://www.stereo.net.au/news/q-acoustics-3030i-standmount-loudspeakers-now-available The ELAC DEBUT 2.0 B6.2 are not bad on paper too. What are my options to get anything better than 46Hz and higher than 130W?
  2. Item: Various lps Location: melbourne Price: as listed see listing Item Condition: see listing Reason for selling: downsizing collection Payment Method: PayPal only NO PICKS UPS Shipping $15 australia wide per order Extra Info: MOFI Bill Evans one step pressing portrait of jazz 2 LP box set $199 (sold) Melody Gardot 3lp Live in Europe, played once $99 SOLD London Grammar truth is a wonderfull thing ltd 2lp pressing $50 SOLD Paul McCartney Egypt Station Spotify green vinyl (played one) 2lp $70 Norah jones begin again single lp $30 Think by Lonnie smith Blue note 80th anniversary edition all aaa mastered by Kevin grey (unplayed unopened) $30. sold Doin allright Blue note 80th anniversary edition all aaa mastered by Kevin grey (unplayed unopened) $30 Sold Nina Simone little girl blue 2lp analogue productions $50. (sold) Horace Silver Horacescope 2nd pressing 1966 Blue note in immaculate condition complete with original inner bag. The cover to is in amazing condition extremely rare $200 Bill Evans Evans in England 2lp record store day release $60. (SOLD) Hank Mobley Hank mobley quartet Music Matters SRX vinyl release rare and out of print $80 cover and record mint SOLD Anne Bisson Trip 4 seasons in jazz direct to disk complete with book 2lps very deluxe $120 Anne Bisson Blue mind 2lp $60 Couple more Not Pictured Kenny Durham Afro Cuban Blue note Music matter reissue $80. SOLD Kamasi Washington heaven and earth 4lp $60 Kamasi Washington the epic $60 Wayne shorter blue note EMA multi lp cd box set complete with graphic novel book $100 (SOLD) any questions pm me bare with me when sending questions I will get back to everyone who contacts me. cheers
  3. Item: Emotiva UPA-1 Location: Wellington NZ Price: 1000 + Shipping Item Condition: Immaculate Reason for selling: Save space and they're overkill for my needs Payment Method: Cash on pickup, Bank deposit Extra Info: Comes with original double-boxing and manuals Smoke free home Specification per unit (selling 2x units): Number of Channels: 1 Topology: Fully Discrete, Dual Differential, High Current, Short Signal Path Class A/B Power output (all channels driven): 350 watts RMS @ 4 ohm (0.1% THD) 200 watts RMS @ 8 ohm (0.1% THD) Power Band Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz with less than .05db deviation at rated power Broadband Frequency Response: (‐3db): 5Hz to 150kHz Amplifier Gain: 32db Signal to Noise Ratio 1 watt: >89db Full Power: >117db Input Impedance: Unbalanced – 23.5kohms Balanced – 33kohms Transformer Size: 300VA Secondary capacitance: 80,000uF Output Devices: 6 Size(mm): 431 W x 98.5 H x 457 D Weight(kg): 11.8 (15 boxed) Pictures:
  4. Item:Parasound Halo A52 Power amp Location:Melbourne,Victoria Price:$1700 (firm) Item Condition:9/10 Reason for selling: Because I don't know when to quit Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info The Halo series from Parasound has some what of cult status, being designed by the legendary John Curl. This amp puts out 30 amps of current which gives it performance beyound it power rating. I dare you to find a better built, better featured and better sounding 5 channel amp for this price (hence I'm firm at $1700) This is a beautifully warm and organic sounding amplifier. I bought it because it was the only amp that satisfied me musically while still providing 5 channels for surround sound. I had to think long and hard before I offered it for sale. It is great for low impedance or hard to drive speakers like PMC, ATC and Dynaudio which I have it running now. I have original box but this Amp is big and heavy so suggest local pick-up unless your willing to cover cost of shipping. PM me for Pics
  5. For all the Rega lovers on this forum, here is a lovely book co-authored by Roy Gandy himself. The book is on sale on the Rega website - http://www.rega.co.uk/a-vibration-measuring-machine.html
  6. Item: Asus STX II 7.1 24-bit 192Khz pcie sound-card with MUSES01 and MUSES02 op-amp upgrades in original box - relist with price drop Location: Lower North Shore Sydney Price: $375 firm Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: Upgrade HT amp so using HDMI audio now Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The standard Asus STX II 7.1 is $449 from most retailers. This was then upgraded with 3 x MUSES01 and 3x MUSES02 opamps on the Left, Right an Center Channels. and the Muses8920 were put on the side L & R channels. See pics for current op-amp config. The opamp upgrades cost $350 themselves and made a significant improvement over the standard opamps, which are also included. This is a surprisingly high-end sound coming from a sub $1000 device. I would recommend not using the stock drivers, but using the UNi Xonar Drivers. The ASIO drier with low latency DPC is rock solid and provides excellent results. http://maxedtech.com/download/uni-xonar-w10-1825-v1-81a-r2/ I can get the latency down to 8ms using 24-bit multi-channel with these ASIO drivers. If like me you had a reciever that could not do the high definition audio conversion (DTS-MA. Dolby TruHD etc) then this is a perfect solution as you lan let your computer decode through this card and then input through the multi-in on the receiver. This solution has work well for me aprat from the fact my Denon ACV-1SRA was having difficulty driving 5 Dynaudio 4 Ohm speakers at higher volumes, so I found something with even more power than the Denon and went for that. I still have the original box as pictured. Receipts for OPAMPS pictured to prove genuine Japanese units, not chinese knock-offs. Pictures:
  7. This level of commitment to audio is just unreal - or is it?
  8. Item: Assorted blues CDs Location: Canberra Price: $99 for the lot Item Condition: good Reason for selling: too many Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: free postage on the lot Pictures:
  9. Item: Cds Location: Oakleigh Melbourne Price: $90 Item Condition: Most have never been opened. If they have they should still be in good condition Reason for selling: retired, going to live fulltime in a motorhome and do a few laps Payment Method: Please Pickup by Sunday 11th am - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: If you cannot pick up yourself, get a friend to? Please PM me and then to ensure you secure the bid, please use ‘paypal friends and family’ which avoids a 3% surcharge, or include that in your payment. I was not going to sell these, already donated heaps of discs to the Salvos a few months ago, but dammit why pay storage on stuff you haven’t/dont use said the wife : Location: Price: Item Condition: Reason for selling: Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures:
  10. Item: 2 x Meridian DSP5200 digital floor standing speakers (black piano veneer finish) Location: Point Cook, Melbourne VIC 3030 Price: AUD $7850 obo for the pair. Original MSRP $18,000. Item Condition: Mint condition (no scratches, kept in enclosed room) Reason for selling: Change in direction for listening. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash and direct bank deposit Extra Info: Meridian Audio: https://www.meridian-audio.com/ Happy to demo if you’re in Melbourne, however, I sold my G68 prior to Christmas so if you want to audition with a Meridian processor you will need to BYO. Given the weight and size of these speakers I’d prefer local pick up - if you really want to ship interstate, we can discuss as long as you're willing to organise and pay freight, insurance, etc. Thanks for looking and please message me if you have any questions. Chris Pictures:
  11. Item: Pioneer MU-1800 Location: Canberra Price: $550 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: have run out of time to finish project Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a very rare motor unit- you can read about it here: http://www.thevintageknob.org/pioneer-MU-1800.html: I can post anywhere in Oz, and can personally deliver to Sydney . This a pic from the nest, a better one than my pics Pictures:
  12. Item: Japanese Pressings various, .ostly with Obi's Location: Canberra Price: various Item Condition:varied mostly excellent Reason for selling:no longer interested Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Postal delivery- paypal is preferred Postage is $8 fr 1, $3 fos each extra one Extra Info: Elvis Costello My Aim is True New unplayed $50 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green river $45 Air Supply One that I love $35 Lionel Ritchie Cant Slow Down $35 Bright Young Museum Workers Self Titled Promo $30 Rick Springfield Working Class Dog $25 80’s compilation (Nina, Cyndi et al) $15 South Pacific Original Broadway cast Mono, no OBI $20 Santa Esmeralda Dont Let me Be Misunderstood $15 Pictures:
  13. Item: various sealed LPs Location: Canberra/ Sydney Price: $35ea Item Condition: all brand new Reason for selling: incorrectly filled orders, change of mind etc Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: See pics pickup from Canberra or Mosman/ Newtown this weekend Pictures:
  14. Item: 100 x Diskeeper sleeves (75 x 1.5 round bottom sleeves + 25 x audiophile sleeves) Location: SYD Inner West Price: $80 NEG plus postage if needed ($14.00 anywhere in Australia) Item Condition: As new or new Reason for selling: Surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought these recently from Decibel HiFi but have decided not to use the Diskeeper system for my collection so these are now surplus to requirements. All sleeves are either brand new, or at worst have had cleaned records in them for around a week. Diskeeper offer a tiered system of sleeves with their (still very high quality) 1.5 round bottom sleeves for your "standard" and the audiophile sleeves for your most precious treasures. The sleeves are very high quality and would suit someone with a growing collection that deserves the best protection. If you were to buy these today from Decibel's website you'd pay around $105 + postage (approx $120 in total) Pictures:
  15. Item: 8 SACDS for Sale Location: Melbourne Price: $75 for the lot or $12 each Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, or happy to mail at buyer's cost after bank transfer Extra Info: Audiophile dual layer recordings - play on CD and or SACD players - Clark Terry - "One-on-One” – Legendary Jazz trumpeter gets loads of other Jazz legends to join him on this album - Isaac Hayes – “Hot Buttered Soul” - a honey voiced soul classic of the time (60s-70s) - Claire Martin – “He never mentioned Love” – Classy female Jazz singer on Linn records - Barb Jungr – “Walking in the Sun” – another great female vocalist on Linn records - “The Persuasions Sing the Beatles” – Amazing Acapella produced by David Chesky (the quality of this recording is simply amazing) - Michael Brecker – “Pilgrimage” - American 15 times Grammy awarded Jazz Saxophonist - James Taylor - - “Hourglass” - Jazz guitarist not quite as many Grammy’s as Michael Brecker! - Linn Selektions – Compilation featuring some of Linn’s best recordings includes: Martin Taylor, Carol Kidd, Barb Jungr, Pamela Thorby, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, etc. Pictures:
  16. Fabulous high end Pioneer direct drive motor unit. It features an external speed controller, separated from the platter. It is a 110 v japanese model, but I will provided a step down transformer with it. I can deliver to Sydney or further north (I am heading up to Byron in a couple of weeks) $500 http://www.thevintageknob.org/pioneer-MU-1800.html http://audio-database.com/PIONEER-EXCLUSIVE/etc/mu-1800-e.html
  17. Item: Cambridge Audio 751BD 3D Blu Ray SACD HDMI Location: Perth Price: $500 Item Condition: Reason for selling: Great used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No remote sorry, but working excellently. You all know this player Pictures:
  18. Item: 14 Audiophile LP's--bulk buy Location: Sydney Price: $150 firm Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Decluttering Musical Life Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Here is an opportunity to pick up some great recordings from my collection at a very good price. These 14 ‘pop’ audiophile LP’s share some characteristics: the surfaces are in very good playing condition; most have been cleaned properly at some stage; the covers are in reasonable to good condition. I have collected them over recent decades—way too many I know! You will see some choice pressings and artists in the bunch. I am getting too old to keep them unplayed in my large collection. Mission Control says it’s time to move them on to a keen audience. I have priced them very fairly—especially the valuable artists— as I want music lovers to own them. I would prefer to sell all of them as a ‘boxful, picked up in Sydney’. Naturally the box price is a discount price! I am not set up to mail individual LP’s. Single ultra-rare LP’s I would consider mailing to a buyer (I have several of these to sell individually). Likewise, a box of LP’s is OK to mail if you pay the freight. [I do have many other rare and collectable jazz, pop and classical LP’s –Lyrita, Decca, EMI, RCA, Mercury + Audiophile goodies—for sale now, and I will roll these out depending on interest.] Buyers are welcome to contact me—as long as you are prepared to buy a boxful! Audiophile fanatics requiring a boot-full of quality records always welcome. Galaxy 30 - Mercury Recording Selections Mercury MGD 2 – 13 (mono, gatefold) A Demonstration of 35 mm Magnetic Film Mercury Perfect Presence Sound SR D15 (US pressing) Stereo Showcase Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo SKA-1268 (US pressing, gatefold) The Best of the Kingston Trio Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo ST 1705 (US pressing) Trans Europe Express - Kraftwerk EMI/Capitol ST 11603 Cat People - Giorgio Morodor (incl. David Bowie extended track "Putting Out Fire") MCA BSR -6107 Threshold -Steven Halpern/Dallas Smith Halpern Sounds Guitar Galaxies - George Barnes Mercury Stereo SR 60956 (US pressing) Bob and Ray Throw A Stereo Spectacular RCA Living Stereo SL10670 (Australian pressing) Music For Bang, Baaroom & Harp RCA Living Stereo SL 10668 (Australian pressing) Belafonte at Carnegie Hall - The Complete Concert RCA Victor LOC-6006 Mono (US pressing, gatefold) The Many Sides of Belafonte RCA Victor P 33 – 92 (US pressing, gatefold) 60 Years Of Music America Loves Best (Volume 3-Popular) RCA Victor LOP–1509 (US pressing) Casino Royale - Burt Bacharach (needs a clean) RCA COMO 5005( Mono; Australian pressing) Pictures:
  19. Item: Pioneer XLC1850 Location: Canberra- ca deliver to Sydney etc Price: $750 Item Condition:try nice, a worn patch on the plinth (see photos) and some scratching on res of lid. stop stop is a little slow (but who cares?) Reason for selling: need to fund divorce Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These turntables seen for at least $1000 normally, possible even more (one with a pioneer tonearm went for $1800 on eBay recently) you can read about it here http://www.thevintageknob.org/pioneer-PLC-590.html This deck easily equals the technics sp10 with its massive motor and platter- and it comes in a rock solid plinth and a LID!!! Can you imaging how much it would cost to buy a really good plinth with a lid?Thats after doling out $1000 for your Sp 10. I can provide a Mission low mass tonearm with very low use for another $200- you need to make an arm board for it. In the pictures it has The ($1400) Wand tonearm on it but I am keeping that one. I can deli ver to Sydney , around August 5
  20. Item: Stereoknight M-100 (100watt+ per side into 8ohms, or 200+watt per side into 4ohms - your choice) fully balanced design valve monoblocks WITH octet PrimaLuna KT-88s Location: Melbourne, Australia (inner northern suburbs) Price: $4200 ONO Item Condition: Almost perfect Reason for selling: Sidegrading (very reluctant sale) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer. Pickup preferred (thus a buyer picking up will be given preference). Extra Info: Here are a very hard to come by matching pair (sequential serials) of StereoKnight M-100 valve (tube) monoblocks. I had originally purchased them off a gentleman here in Victoria, and since then they have been lovingly and sparingly used, as well as upgraded and some expense. They are in near perfect condition. They have solid aluminium cases (I've never seen a build quality like them - really!), and there are only the odd tiny marks. I have tried my best to photograph all aspects of them. Information can be somewhat difficult to track down, however for those in the know, these are built by the man now responsible for Audio Music (AM AUDIO) - Mr.Fang. I am very happy to say that he is easy to contact and will provide any information and support needed. He stands by his products, and they are massively over-engineered, so should last a lifetime! Here are some links to have a look at. Note that the StereoKnight site is no longer active, as the company is now Audio Music (AM), and most reviews and spec's are relating to the M-75 monoblocks. Advertised here are the much upgraded M-100's, which as I understand it were produced only towards the end of StereoKnight's reign. Some of you will likely be aware that these all were (and AM still are) distributed in Australia via Greg Osborn here in Melbourne. http://www.osbornloudspeakers.com.au/ http://www.audioreference.co.nz/brand/am-audio http://www.am-hiend.com/index.html And here is a review of the (lesser) M-75's (please note the spec's on the ones I have for sale here are different): http://www.dagogo.com/stereoknight-m75-mono-block-amplifier-review Also note that I have added a full octet of select PrimaLuna KT-88 power tubes (4 per side). These retail at $175 each (thus full set = $1400). http://magentaaudio.com.au/product/primaluna-kt88-tube-silver-label/ I bought these tubes off a fellow member, at which time they had very little use (he changed to KT-120's as I recall). Note that, having discussed with Mr.Fang, you could use KT-120's in these beasts, making over 120 watts per side. Wow. Not that you'll need more power........Note that the newer Tung-sol KT-150's won't work in these according to Mr Fang (but now we're just getting greedy!). These beasts, irrespective, will most certainly lend themselves to tube rolling, given how madly revealing they are! At night, they look like two small cities all lit up. Really cool. NOTE: I am also happy to do a deal on the full set of KT88's (and some other spares) I replaced which could be used as spares (Electron Tube KT94). Just ask! Here are the specs from the web (for the lesser M-75's): http://www.stereoknight.com/M-75.html Specifications (note that these have much upgraded spec's. Please contact Mr.Fang via AM Audio for specifics). Tubes: 1 X 6H30, 2 X 6922 4 X KT88 Power output: 2×75W (8? ULTRALINEAR); 2x 140W (4? ULTRALINEAR) Input: 1 x RCA, 1 x XLR Frequency response: 10Hz?60kHz THD: 1%(1kHz) Input sensitivity: 2 V Input impedance: 50 K? Output impedance: 8?, 4? S/N ratio: > 90 dB Dimensions: 500×330×240mm Net weight: 29Kg x 2 Power consumption: 550W maximum Full balance design. High grade 600W EI type power transformer, extra wide band C-core output transformer (StereoKnight signature). High end components (Nichicon and Hovland capacitor), parts (StereoKnight designed heavy duty gold-plated binding post) and wire (TEFLON insulated wire and Japan made POCC rectangular solid core copper wire) all the way. ZERO-NEGATIVE-FEEDBACK technology. ZERO noise: dead silence background. MOSFET voltage stabilization. High control power (75WPC or 140W at 4?), capable of driving a wide range of loudspeakers. Easily accessible individual output tube bias measurement and adjustment points on side chassis. Detachable IEC power cord, high quality gold-plated StereoKnight custom binding posts and RCA jacks. Full high quality aluminum alloy body construction, power meter in faceplate and acrylic enclosure cover design: sturdy built with art. I have been using these amps as follows: Pre - Wyred4Sound STP-SE Power - Stereoknight M-100 valve monoblocks (via XLR in true balanced configuration) - I preferred ~100+W into 8ohms compared to ~200+W into 4ohms, but other systems will vary. speakers - Osborn Epitome (approx 90dB efficiency) sources - various, including hi-res digital and vinyl I must say these amps are truly extraordinary. I've never heard more beautiful bass. They simply don't suffer from slow or muddy bass. They are glorious in this sense. Clarity is superb, and separation and soundstage blows me away. If you're a jazz fan, I'd look no further (your favourite female vocal will make you shiver. Start with a quality vinyl pressing of "What's New?" by Helen Merrill and you'll melt. Having said that, I have a very eclectic taste in music (from jazz to classical to indie rock to heavy metal to 60's rock and back again....) and these amps produce it all with aplomb! Anyone looking for high-powered (and yes, we're talking up to over 200wpc fully balanced into 4ohms if preferred!!), these are hard to pass up. They'll drive almost anything easily. For those in the know, any audiophile tube amps producing this sort of drive usually cost well over the price of these! They really do respond to a truly balanced end-to-end setup, so fire up that balanced Preamp and invest in some quality XLR cables (I preferred a copper/silver mix to all silver, however (as always) each system and ear is different)!! I have all the original boxing and packaging. I worry about posting, even with proper factory packaging, but can do if needed. Tubes may need to be removed and padded up). You will need to get your own power cords (although I can throw in some cheapies, however I'd recommend something to match their quality). I have been very loving of them. They have always been allowed to warm up prior to use (they really come on song after about an hour ideally). They will definitely benefit from a couple of heavy & solid isolation platforms to sit on. They certainly sound a whole lot better (especially mid range) with the PrimaLuna (silver edition) tubes, compared to the set of KT94's that came with them. All my gear runs off a power conditioner. Please note that the power output needle on (I seem to recall the right channel) one amp does not work. It was not working when I got them (I am the second owner), and does not affect sound of course. I have not looked into getting it fixed, however I am sure this could easily be done. I may get the opportunity to have it looked at next week if time permits. You'll note the little doors on the sides of each amp. They come off with an allen key (supplied), and you need a basic multimeter (I'll throw in with the sale) in order to bias each tube. There is a bias screw next to each corresponding power tube (see pics). It's really easy, and according to Mr.Fang you can decide your output preferences. These amps can produce a lot more power, but it's up to the listener what their preferences are. Notably, the PrimaLunas went in and needed very little (if any) bias adjusting (ie. a matched Octet!). http://www.primaluna-usa.com/tube-rolling These amps go very easy on tubes (if standard biasing is applied), so they should last ages. These monsters are big and heavy and beautiful: - around 30kg each - packaging adds 2kg each - size (each in cm) is 46w, 22h, 30w - colour is silver aluminium with clear perspex lids I will happily arrange for an audition only for those truly intending to buy (amps are currently not in use). I live in inner-north of Melbourne. Price will be formalised before this happens (I don't want to spend ages working through critical listening, only for someone to try to lowball me. I am sure you all understand (and I will negotiate on price if required and reasonable), but it's happened too many times before). I am always very light-on for time (it took me 3 months after having stored the amps to get around to this ad!), so please do your own research. Price is negotiable, however it reflects age, condition, use, rarity and a $1400 tube set! Don't let them pass you by if you've been thinking of high powered tubes but the prices have held you back. Given this sort of quality and the bliss into which you will plunge, they represent tube heaven at this price range in my opinion. Happy listening! Mat
  21. Item: TANNOY PRECISION 6.1 SPEAKERS Location: SYDNEY - Inner West Price: $1295 Item Condition: As New / MINT Reason for selling: Moved house no longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+ costs), COD Only Extra Info: Normal RRP is $2699 These are AS NEW Tannoy Precision 6.1 speakers finished in stunning dark walnut gloss. These were originally purchased for the intention of serving as a spare sweet setup but now I have moved home and my plans have changed. These speakers are in as NEW condition and only just recently been hooked up and still require running in. All the original packaging is also in absolute unmolested condition. These speakers are a pure true point source speaker which have a beautiful open and silky top end with an absolutely fast, precise and extremely detailed midrange. They combine Tannoy’s 85 years of loudspeaker design experience to deliver outstanding accuracy and musical articulation which very few speakers can match today. These are a real must for any true audiophile.Also these Tannoys are one of very few small speakers which are easy to drive and beautifully suited to tube / valve amplification with magical results. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
  22. Nice step-up Pete and a very good review on the Japan Edition of 105.
  23. Dear fellow audiophiles and music lovers, My name is Jerome Sabbagh, I am a new member here and I am a professional jazz saxophonist. I recently came across a thread on this forum that mentioned my new record "The Turn" (the Jazz Currently Spinning thread), so I thought I'd join and give you more information about the project. "The Turn" just came out on Sunnyside Records, with my longtime quartet of Ben Monder (guitar), Joe Martin (bass) and Ted Poor (drums). It was recorded live to 2 track analog tape by James Farber at Sear Sound and mastered by Doug Sax and Jett Galindo at The Mastering Lab (with very little limiting, might I add!). It's all original compositions of mine, except "Once Around the Park" by Paul Motian, who I played with at the Village Vanguard in 2011. I did my best for this album to sound great and I am very happy with the final result. Currently, "The Turn" exists in 192/24 download, physical CD and "mastered for iTunes" formats. That said, I am a big vinyl enthusiast and, for that reason, I just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to press the record onto vinyl. I realize most of you probably don't know me and I hope this post isn't inappropriate. As a gift to the community and to encourage anyone to check out my music, I am happy to send two tracks from the record, for free, to anyone who sends me a private message through the forum, in the following uncompressed formats: 192/24, 44/24 and 44/16. I tried attaching an mp3 to this thread but it seems I can't do that. The Kickstarter campaign is here. I remember reading on several forums fellow vinyl afficionados complaining about the relative lack of vinyl by new artists, as opposed to reissues, and also the paucity of affordable - and well produced - new vinyl in general. I agree, and, with that in mind, I have set the price of the record on Kickstarter to USD $20 (+ $5 international shipping). However, I am not cutting corners. It will be produced with the utmost of care by the best of professionals. I will use Doug Sax to cut the lacquer and press the record at Quality Record Pressings onto two 150g LPs (3 sides). I am planning on 150g records because I am not convinced that 180g sounds better and it does cost a lot more. I think picking the right cutting engineer and the right pressing plant is more important for the quality of the record than the weight of the vinyl. I am confident Doug Sax and QRP are the right people for this. In case the recording/mastering process is of interest to you, here is some detailed info that is not on the Kickstarter page: The record was done all in one day. We recorded all in a room at Sear Sound, without headphones. James Farber used quite a few microphones (great vintage mics for the most part: Neumann M49 on the tenor saxophone etc) and the mixing was done live, on a Neve 8038 console in Studio A. Among other things, we used real EMT plate reverbs and also a Pultec tube preamp on the saxophone. We actually recorded three different versions simultaneuously: one to ProTools digital at 88.2/24, one on an Ampex ATR 102 solid state tape machine, and one on a Studer C-37 tube tape machine. Both tape machines used 1/2 inch tape at 30 ips. Both machines were backed up to ProTools at 88.2/24 at the same time as we were playing. We reused a couple of tapes throughout the day, as I couldn't afford to buy enough tape to record everything without doing that. I am aware that this is a bit of a trade-off, but I have done this before and I feel it's well worth it: It allows me to use tape and I think tape sounds a lot more musical than digital in general. I also feel that the transfer at 88.2/24 is quite faithful to the sound of the tape. The converters at Sear Sound were Mytek. During the mastering process, we listened to the three sets of files and tried to keep an open mind. We decided to use the files made from the ATR 102 tape machine. We thought they sounded the best overall, the most balanced and the most solid. The files from the Studer tape machine sounded really great too, but somehow the sax felt a bit peaky. The straight-up digital files were good but just didn't compare overall for my taste. Both sets of files from the tape sounded a lot more realistic and involving to me. Doug Sax and Jett Galindo then gave me a few options to pick from at mastering. Since we now had digital files at 88.2/24, the main decision was whether to master in digital or convert back to analog. We tried both. Upon listening, I thought that going through The Mastering Lab's pristine analog chain sounded a lot better despite the added conversion. That's what we did in the end. I don't think Doug did that much to the files but what he did made a big difference. He did some very effective, tasteful EQ, and just a little bit of limiting. Doug also did separate passes through his JCF converters to create the 192/24 version and the 44/24 version, thus avoiding any sample rate conversion, which, in my experience, always degrades the sound. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, Doug will cut the LP directly from the 88.2/24 files from the Ampex ATR 102, using the same analog chain he used before. I believe this will be the best-sounding version of this record. As an aside, I had always wanted to work with Doug, based on the Sheffield Labs records (the Wagner, Prokofiev and Stravinsky/Debussy LPs), his vinyl remaster of Sonny Rollins' "Way Out West" and his remaster for CD of "Ray Charles and Betty Carter" (two of my favorite records). I have to say I was not disappointed. Doug, Jett and James Farber (who I have worked with many times) were all absolutely great to work with, and they truly care about good recorded sound. They are about the music. I am happy to answer any and all questions about this project. I hope you enjoy the music, and, if you do, I hope you will consider backing the Kickstarter campaign. Thank you! Jerome Sabbagh www.jeromesabbagh.com www.facebook.com/sabbaghjerome www.twitter.com/jeromesabbagh
  24. Hi Guys, Thought I'd share today's impulse buy with little to no research. As with my last topic post - I know very little about Turntables so I went with the 'Gut'. I recall fellow members talking about Micro Seiki in very high regard so that was my only reference to this purchase. As per the pictures, included in the purchase: -Micro Seiki MA-505 Tone Arm. -Micro Seiki DDX-1000 Turntable 240V. -Denon AU-340 "Audio Step Up" - Apparently used to improve the signal quality of an MC Cartridge ? -Micro Seiki Head shell fitted with a -Denon DL-303 Cartridge All seems to be working well, with all original manuals boxes etc.. Price agreed to was $650 the lot, Way more than I would ever dream to spend on a turntable - But If anything my thoughts were 'An investment to get my money back hopefully "Worst Case" scenario'. Please let me know your thoughts regarding the Turntable / Tonearm / Cartridge / Purchase in general.. (Still yet to Google and research the gear myself).. Sorry for the poor quality photos. Once again Thanks in advance for any / all your help. Krash Dekki.
  25. Hi guys and gals Just thought I would post this link to some of the best sounding CDs of 2014. This is his opinion, not mine. http://www.cnet.com/au/pictures/the-best-sounding-music-of-2014-so-far-pictures/
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