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1 hour ago, Maynard said:

My TD 125 Mk II 

Caribbean rosewood plinth 

ortofon cadenza blue on it at the moment. 
sounds lovely 

 

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Beautiful plinth.  Who made it?

 

Andy

 

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1 hour ago, Maynard said:

My TD 125 Mk II 

Caribbean rosewood plinth 

ortofon cadenza blue on it at the moment. 
sounds lovely 

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Great plinth! 

Very well mitered edges to keep the grain flow and avoid end-grain showing from the front. 

Some of the other plinths on their site are not done like this. 

Good choice ?

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13 hours ago, Maynard said:

My TD 125 Mk II 

Caribbean rosewood plinth 

ortofon cadenza blue on it at the moment. 
sounds lovely 

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Latest LP-12, IItok II, Denon DL-103r with Dynavector P75 Mk-4 in PE (current mode). New plinth from HIFI Guru.

 

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Corian Sub chassis from WTP Audio.
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Sub chassis after mods to keep the spring and bearing mountings from failing. 
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Thanks, to Evil C for selling me a great starting point LP-12 to build on.... Great seller.
 

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19 minutes ago, artaudio said:

Latest LP-12, IItok II, Denon DL-103r with Dynavector P75 Mk-4 in PE (current mode). New plinth from HIFI Guru.

 

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Corian Sub chassis from WTP Audio.
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Sub chassis after mods to keep the spring and bearing mountings from failing. 
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Thanks, to Eval C for selling me a great starting point LP-12 to build on.... Great seller.
 

Thought it looked familiar,  can still recognize the lid and arm! ?

Not gonna be much left of it's original guise - but sure it will be a kick@rse deck by the time it's finished , Alan.

 

Although it could theoretically go through virtually limitless, after market mods or exxy Linn bits!

ie: You know you want a Maglev ! 

Oh and a Keel, and Radikal - - -

 

I saved money selling it!! ?

 

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My current build and to be my final hopefully. Would be nice if I could find my headshells and cartridges from shipping all my stuff from nz in January!! Got the red pnp for the mean time. 

 

Denon DP80 motor. Furatech cable to be upgraded but until I have a house and finish the plinth, in no rush. I am a fan of heavy tts so this is baltic birch plywood that I made using a mates/customer of mines cnc machine from Germany and was larger than a courier van but bloody fun to play with :)

 

Built a custom step down transformer, awaiting a nice terroidal upgrade when i get the confidence and connections to test it in sydney :)

 

I also need to build a deeper/bigger rack for it lol!!!

 

 

 

 

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Here's my two!

 

Michell Orbe with Technoarm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20 Super (Ortofon MC20 Mk1 installed at the time this picture was taken), and a turntable I made myself from a Denon DP3000 motor unit., Acos Lustre GST1 tonearm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20. I have two of these and one is for sale if anyone is interested. 

 

Andrew

 

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30 minutes ago, Andrew Hoyle said:

Here's my two!

 

Michell Orbe with Technoarm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20 Super (Ortofon MC20 Mk1 installed at the time this picture was taken), and a turntable I made myself from a Denon DP3000 motor unit., Acos Lustre GST1 tonearm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20. I have two of these and one is for sale if anyone is interested. 

 

Andrew

 

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Love the look of that DIY Denon! Great work!?

 

What is you have two of? Two Denon DIY decks or two MC20 cartridges?

 

 

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Two of the entire deck mate - I made this one as ,my prototpye and I am just finishing Mark 2 which i will keep.

 

In total I also have one MC10 Mark 2 and three MC20s - an original Mark 1, a Mark 2 and a Super. Love them. All MC20s have up spec cantilevers and tips from Audio Dynamics in Melbourne. . The Super is on the Orbe, the MC10 is currently on one of my own TTs (as pictured)  and the original MC20 is on the other one.  

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16 hours ago, Andrew Hoyle said:

Here's my two!

 

Michell Orbe with Technoarm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20 Super (Ortofon MC20 Mk1 installed at the time this picture was taken), and a turntable I made myself from a Denon DP3000 motor unit., Acos Lustre GST1 tonearm and Garrott modified Ortofon MC20. I have two of these and one is for sale if anyone is interested. 

 

Andrew

 

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Magnificent work on your DIY turntable Andrew, and even more amazing to hear that it approaches your Michell Orbe! I'm sure many of your fellow members are looking at this successful undertaking in awe. All power to you and congratulations.

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A "new" arm on my Kuzma Stabi Ref 2- an Alphason HR 100 MCS (thanks @missmurphy).

 

The Alphason has replaced a Kuzma 4 Point. I bought it as a temporary solution while I think about the next arm for the Stabi Ref, since it is a drop-in replacement. I know the Alphason was highly regarded in its day but I wasn't prepared for just how good it sounds. It actually sounds amazing, and a great combination with the Kuzma turntable - the essential neutrality of the turntable really works well with the fast, lean, engaging character of the Alphason. I actually prefer it to the 4 Point. The 4 Point was clearly better on all the "hi fi" criteria - it could flesh out the recording venue right to the back walls - and the Alphason is not quite as resolving and a little cooler sounding, but so engaging and musical!

 

I was going to sent it to Audio Origami for a health check and a re-wire - the VDH cabling gets some decidedly mixed reviews - but it sounds so fabulous in stock form I think I will leave it alone.

 

My search for a replacement for the 4 Point may well have ended with this 30+ year old arm.

 

 

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That is insane and highly unexpected that would prefer the Alphason to the Kuzma. I haven't heard either arms but on paper that's an unforeseen outcome.

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That was my expectation also. But bear in mind that the Alphason was always a "high end" tonearm, considered at the same level as the SME V. If it was released today it would probably cost around the same as the SME or 4 Point. Just because it is old does not mean that it is not good. And, as always, these things are a matter of taste and preference.

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Nice work, Ross! Always good to hear of a vintage piece being able to mix it with, and even better, a modern high-end alternative. I ran a non silver-wired version on my LP12 with an AR P77 catridge for a few years and enjoyed the combination immensely. I ended up swapping it with a black Ittok which was probably a mistake. All part of the journey and I enjoyed my time with the Sondek/Ittok regardless.

 

I must admit I hadn’t thought of the Alphason as a high-end arm rather than more of a mid-tier and certainly below the SME range toppers. Were they that expensive on release?

 

Good to hear you don’t plan on rewiring as if you went to copper wiring it would become a standard version rather than the rarer and (I assumed) more expensive/collectible MCS version. Or are there additional differences with the MCS other then the wiring?

 

Enjoy the new (old) arm!?

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31 minutes ago, Doppelganger said:

Nice work, Ross! Always good to hear of a vintage piece being able to mix it with, and even better, a modern high-end alternative. I ran a non silver-wired version on my LP12 with an AR P77 catridge for a few years and enjoyed the combination immensely. I ended up swapping it with a black Ittok which was probably a mistake. All part of the journey and I enjoyed my time with the Sondek/Ittok regardless.

 

I must admit I hadn’t thought of the Alphason as a high-end arm rather than more of a mid-tier and certainly below the SME range toppers. Were they that expensive on release?

 

Good to hear you don’t plan on rewiring as if you went to copper wiring it would become a standard version rather than the rarer and (I assumed) more expensive/collectible MCS version. Or are there additional differences with the MCS other then the wiring?

 

Enjoy the new (old) arm!?

Thanks, Greg.

 

I believe the original price was around US$1000 from a comment I read somewhere recently, so factor in 30-40 years of inflation to figure out what the current price might be! I also recall that it was originally compared favourably with the SME V, with some preferring the SME and others the Alphason.

 

I wouldn't necessarily describe the Alphason as "better" than the 4 Point in an absolute sense. The 4 Point is certainly an engineering masterpiece and the ability to have repeatable fine adjustments of VTA and VTF is definitely a big plus for the Kuzma. It also extracts detail from records to a degree I have never before experienced. But the Alphason seems to suit my musical priorities better - it gives up some detail but is faster and more energetic and, for me, just more musically engaging.

 

 

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The Alphason was one of the top tier UK arms along with the Zeta and Syrinx PU3 prior to the release of the SME V.

I had a SOTA with Zeta and upgraded to a Star with SME V and as much as I loved the SME, felt the Zeta very much played in the same league and regretted selling it.

A friend had a SOTA with Alphason at the time so listened to that combination quite a lot also ... great arm.

 

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On 05/08/2020 at 8:54 PM, rossb said:

Thanks, Greg.

 

I believe the original price was around US$1000 from a comment I read somewhere recently, so factor in 30-40 years of inflation to figure out what the current price might be! I also recall that it was originally compared favourably with the SME V, with some preferring the SME and others the Alphason.

 

I wouldn't necessarily describe the Alphason as "better" than the 4 Point in an absolute sense. The 4 Point is certainly an engineering masterpiece and the ability to have repeatable fine adjustments of VTA and VTF is definitely a big plus for the Kuzma. It also extracts detail from records to a degree I have never before experienced. But the Alphason seems to suit my musical priorities better - it gives up some detail but is faster and more energetic and, for me, just more musically engaging.

 

 

Len had one on the Sonata. Cartridges came and went but the Sonata and MSC100 always stayed. It made the Sovereigns sing with the right amps. As a matter of fact CD was way way down the list when the Sonata ran.

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8 hours ago, Willy71 said:

Technics sl m3?  love it. 

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I'm seriously thinking about one of these. What are your overall impressions? What other set ups are you comparing with? From what I've read,  there isn't much between this and a SP10 mk3.

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 Mate I love it. It has a wow factor as well 

Hard to find! 

I don't think you will regret it, with a good cart. 

I have several turntables all are old school and not overly expensive. 

Give me old school any day 

Technics 1200mk2

Technics sl 7

Technics slv5

Rega RP6

 

Cheers 

 

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On 10/08/2020 at 3:36 PM, Willy71 said:

Technics sl m3?  love it. 

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That's a nice looking setup. And it's given me ideas for my DIY linear stepper driven tonearm.

 

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On 29/06/2020 at 10:30 PM, Analog Revenge said:

Well there is more than one vintage Elac Miracord (610) performing in Perth! Right now playing Holst "The planets" after a new stylus arrived earlier today and this beauty got resurrected back to it former beauty! Listening through a Goldring Classic amp powering a set of Klipsh Cornwalls.

So all period correct! 

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Update!

 

Somehow a set of Leonard Speakers ,Made by Onkyo, and another Monarch SA 60 Solid State amp was in a garage sale!

Somehow I did manage to acquire these items!

The Monarch amp is exactly the same as my Goldring SA60 other than the face plate being black instead of silver!

These items are about to be delivered and will post pics of these rare classics!

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26 minutes ago, Analog Revenge said:

Update!

 

Somehow a set of Leonard Speakers ,Made by Onkyo, and another Monarch SA 60 Solid State amp was in a garage sale!

Somehow I did manage to acquire these items!

The Monarch amp is exactly the same as my Goldring SA60 other than the face plate being black instead of silver!

These items are about to be delivered and will post pics of these rare classics!

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A few weeks ago this little beauty became for sale and I could not help myself, Had to have it! Now full rebuild has been completed (It was in a very good state) Monarch SA80 with internal power transistors (re-bonded on Heat-sinks ) unlike the other SA60 who are  mounted on the back outside for cooling! 

In the background you can see the Klipsch Cornwalls and these amps are capable of powering these very nicely!

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Just now, metal beat said:

@Yamaha_man

 

Looks awesome Joe.  Fits right in with the rest of your system  ?

I think its a cracker of a table, if only it could talk. I bet it has had a colourful history.

Haven't made up my mind if I'll keep it yet.

 

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Found these solid Teak stands for putting my TT,s on and storage for DVD,cd, etc.

With some other gear Know can play 4 turntables on one Amplifier (Cynernet CR 110) it has 2 Phono inputs plus an extra switch block.

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13 hours ago, Yamaha_man said:

I always wanted to try a Garrard and here she is!

Will certainly be a talking point of my system. 

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I rebuilt one of these last year.

It had way too much rumble for vinyl and the arm would not allow an mm to work, so 78s only with ceramic or crystal.

Not a bad TT in build quality though.

 

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Never posted my vinyl set up before so here it is.

Thorens TD 321 MkII, Denon 301 cartridge. ME25 pre amp  with MC phono stage. Audio Innovations Series III power amp currently playing to Spendor S8e's. I have a lovely pair of Quad 57's too which I enjoy alternating. It all sounds rather splendid to my ears.

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ANY ONE CAN TELL MW WHAT GOING ON WITH MY POST NEW TURNTABLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ?  Been told something happy , some member  NASTY with my post  ???? 


WHAT GOING ON ?

 

 PLEASE TELL ME ?

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Analog Revenge said:

Found these solid Teak stands for putting my TT,s on and storage for DVD,cd, etc.

With some other gear Know can play 4 turntables on one Amplifier (Cynernet CR 110) it has 2 Phono inputs plus an extra switch block.

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Oh, the irony!  Turntable on top of CD cabinet. 

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1 hour ago, IanB1956 said:

1978 S1324645135_ScreenShot2020-08-10at12_27_21pm.thumb.png.a227a812c3e79c8ad8a415e088a84a3c.pngStrathclyde Turntable STD 300 M

The STD 300M was probably the first really wonderful turntable I owned. Mine had some wow issues, but it also had real "wow". The sense that you were listening to music rather than sound was absolutely palpable. Probably the most emotionally gripping turntable I ever owned until my Once. I had a Mission 774 arm on it.

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