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2 hours ago, crtexcnndrm99 said:

$630 including postage?!? *Damn* son.. I figure places like Buyee must be incorrect when they quote $825USD for shipping a turntable.

Probably the first genuine bargain I've ever had. Over on Audiokarma I'd say "scroe!"

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My refurbished Commonwealth 12C is custom rock maple plinth/stand and Schroder CB tonearm. New cartridge to come. Golden Age Audio Reference Phono 

Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread.   After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-i

My Garrad 401 project is almost done . Brand new in box garrad 401 + custome made plattter/mat with sme 3012 & fr 64 fx tonearm . Some photos show how it is . Plinth is in final stage still need t

16 hours ago, Warren Jones said:

Hi Andy,

 

A low slung CW moves the COM lower. This makes the COM a pendulum lower than the pivot point so as the cartridge raises it has to pull the low COM pendulum.

 

This gives a good example

 

https://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/in_balance_e.html

Hello Warren,

 

as I mentioned, there is no necessity for an under-slung counterweight to lower the center of mass to a point lower than the pitch bearing. So, there is no in-principle objection.

 

Implementation, i.e. poor designs, are another matter. But that applies to everything, not just under-slung counterweights! :)

 

Regards,

Grant

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Thought I would show my humble vintage Thorens TD160. I recently completed a rebuild and installed the unit in a new custom black and Australian Ash plinth.

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Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread.

 

After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-in isolation, my 401 is sounding better than I could have imagined. For now, Jelco 750 and Shelter 9000 in residence but a Reed 1X on its way.
 

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Many thanks to Mark for the amazing job he did restoring the 401. It will have pride of place for the rest of my days!👍

 

 

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1 hour ago, Doppelganger said:

Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread.

 

After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-in isolation, my 401 is sounding better than I could have imagined. For now, Jelco 750 and Shelter 9000 in residence but a Reed 1X on its way.
 

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Many thanks to Mark for the amazing job he did restoring the 401. It will have pride of place for the rest of my days!👍

 

 

Absolutely stunning.  A work of art. :)

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1 hour ago, Doppelganger said:

Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread.

 

After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-in isolation, my 401 is sounding better than I could have imagined. For now, Jelco 750 and Shelter 9000 in residence but a Reed 1X on its way.
 

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Many thanks to Mark for the amazing job he did restoring the 401. It will have pride of place for the rest of my days!👍

 

 

Lovely 🥰

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1 hour ago, homerlovesbeer said:

Sansui XR-Q7

 

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I was trying to hunt one of these down for years!

 

Sweet!

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1 hour ago, Doppelganger said:

Been a long time since I posted any new pics in this amazing thread.

 

After a complete ground up rebuild by SNA maestro @Shark, including an engineering masterpiece of a plinth with built-in isolation, my 401 is sounding better than I could have imagined. For now, Jelco 750 and Shelter 9000 in residence but a Reed 1X on its way.
 

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Many thanks to Mark for the amazing job he did restoring the 401. It will have pride of place for the rest of my days!👍

 

 

Absolutely stunning. It was very nice to start with but this looks great. 

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30 minutes ago, homerlovesbeer said:

Is it bad I have 3 of them? :D

YES!

 

But also GOOD :lol:

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2 minutes ago, homerlovesbeer said:

All three imported from Japan (1 broken but I fixed it).

Sweet!, the IC's in these would be unobtainian! except they are real, but rare as logic in the white house :D

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4 hours ago, homerlovesbeer said:

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Noice...handy for when you're really short on rack space 🙂

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Does Shark have a fan page ?  Would love to see some of the other tt's that might have been restored/rebuilt..

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This my very meak and mild Thorens TD 190. 

I really like the sound that it produces and can only guess at the SQ of the top notch TTs in this thread.

 

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9 hours ago, 2Brix said:

Noice...handy for when you're really short on rack space 🙂

Yep and sounds very nice too (not Sansui XR-Q7 nice though lol).

 

The linear tracking at the top means the needle tracks perfectly aligned with the groove as the record plays.

 

I need to pull it down for a full service. Another import from Japan. They had so many great turntables in 70's, 80's and 90's.

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11 hours ago, muon* said:

Sweet!, the IC's in these would be unobtainian! except they are real, but rare as logic in the white house :D

Yea I still have to fix one unit. The automatic arm movement has a flat plate underneath it with 3 cutouts in it which allows 3 small LED's to create a light path through them so the turntable knows what size record it's playing and when it's at the end to auto return.

 

One of 3 LED's is dead and I cannot find a replacement anywhere (looked at mouser electronics etc etc).

 

So it remains dead. I know that's the only problem as I swapped an LED from another player and it works perfectly with it.

 

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Hi 2 Brix, to peak your interest, here's another Table I built for a client in Tazzy. It was a total basket case when it arrived, a real mess. The client asked me to "make it a bit special" as he has some serious equipment with great resolution. The laminated hardwood body needed a lot of work and in hindsight I should have started from scratch. I have a love for Art Deco so you will see subtle art deco features over the Deck. The TriPlanar was damaged and required me to make new parts, refinish and rewire it. Arm Support is my design and I got it CNC'd locally and hand finished in my shop. Teres Platter was re-machined & rebuilt, it has a lot of parts not visible. Feet are custom billet Items I make, and these house Vibrapod inserts. Photos show my Koetsu Rose Sig. for testing. Drive ended up being the brilliant Teres Pseudo Direct Drive Unit I had purchased earlier for my own T/Table project but it was tailor made for this project so it was an obvious choice.

See what you make of it.

Cheers, Mark.

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After looking at the @shark Garrard 401 work of art I thought the non-silver inserts in the control knobs was an excellent idea. On several of the 401s that I have restored I have had the chassis powder coated a metallic charcoal (called Coal Dust), which I much prefer to the British Transport beige, and also repaint the 'GARRARD 401' area on the control panel with a made-up dark grey (Foundry Grey). So I painted a set of control knob inserts with the same Foundry Grey and, although I do like to keep things original, I rather like the result. It opens the possibility of using different colours also, maybe a burgundy or dark blue, to add a bit of color.

 

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48 minutes ago, Shark said:

Hi 2 Brix, to peak your interest, here's another Table I built for a client in Tazzy. It was a total basket case when it arrived, a real mess. The client asked me to "make it a bit special" as he has some serious equipment with great resolution. The laminated hardwood body needed a lot of work and in hindsight I should have started from scratch. I have a love for Art Deco so you will see subtle art deco features over the Deck. The TriPlanar was damaged and required me to make new parts, refinish and rewire it. Arm Support is my design and I got it CNC'd locally and hand finished in my shop. Teres Platter was re-machined & rebuilt, it has a lot of parts not visible. Feet are custom billet Items I make, and these house Vibrapod inserts. Photos show my Koetsu Rose Sig. for testing. Drive ended up being the brilliant Teres Pseudo Direct Drive Unit I had purchased earlier for my own T/Table project but it was tailor made for this project so it was an obvious choice.

See what you make of it.

Cheers, Mark.

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Gorgeous work Mark. I greatly enjoyed looking at your photos.

I also noticed that the TriPlanar tonearm has the counterweight underslung the right way, as was being discussed last month.

Your client must be ecstatic.

cheers

Grant

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19 minutes ago, Grant Slack said:

Gorgeous work Mark. I greatly enjoyed looking at your photos.

I also noticed that the TriPlanar tonearm has the counterweight underslung the right way, as was being discussed last month.

Your client must be ecstatic.

cheers

Grant

 

Sorry, Grant - what do you mean by "underslung the right way "?  (It looks perfectly normal to me.  :) )

 

 

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Andy

 

PS:  yes, beautiful work, @Shark  :thumb:

 

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Temp TT set up;

 

  • Technics TT
  • Garrett K3
  • DIY LM833 MM phone stage
  • DIY HP amp - “Blue Wave”
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro phones 

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36 minutes ago, Grant Slack said:

Gorgeous work Mark. I greatly enjoyed looking at your photos.

I also noticed that the TriPlanar tonearm has the counterweight underslung the right way, as was being discussed last month.

Your client must be ecstatic.

cheers

Grant

Hi Grant, thanks for your kind comment. The client, as often happens, has become a good friend and I talk to him regularly. This build was some 4 1/2 years ago and he continues to rave about the sound as recently as last week! It gives me great joy to have brought him closer to the music he loves so much.

 

A note to Andy, the Counterweight Shaft is "under slung" just as it was designed by TriPlanar. This is a great design feature, and std on all TriPlanars, and not something I've done during the build. 

I've added a couple of shots of the Drive End with and without Teres Drive for those interested.

 

Cheers, Mark.

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7 minutes ago, Shark said:

 

A note to Andy, the Counterweight Shaft is "under slung" just as it was designed by TriPlanar. This is a great design feature, and std on all TriPlanars, and not something I've done during the build. 

 

 

Aah, OK - thanks, Mark.

 

As I mentioned, I thought it was normal - as that's how Duc arranged the 'Univector'!  :)

 

 

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The tip of the upward-pointing spike which is the UP point (inside the black housing), is at the mid-line of the c'weight stub.

 

WRT the Triplanar:

 

 

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It seems to me that it would be worth getting heavier c'weights - so they could be placed nearer the pivot point, for the chosen cart and its VTF (to reduce inertia)?

 

 

Andy

 

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I bought this Kenwood 500 with a Grace 707 tonearm.

 

The Plinth and cover are in very good condition and have been well looked after.

 

The Grace arm had issues and at the end of the day I thought didn't really suit the Kenwood aesthetic.

 

So I had the ACOS GST 1 tonearm fitted and havent looked back.  

 

Interestingly the height spacer on the arm comes from an old Alpha part......

 

I think for an old girl she looks great and plays quite nicely.

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5 hours ago, sirjester said:

So I had the ACOS GST 1 tonearm fitted and havent looked back. 

Hi SirJester, good work on the TT.  
 

May I ask where you acquired the tonearm as I am looking for these to find the additional counterweight at the end (to replace my jury rigged counterweight).  
 

Cheers

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Thanks KRSDarwin,

 

I think you have the upmarket version of the arm that has the height adjuster which would be a handy little feature.

 

My arm was a gumtree purchase but unfortunately it didn't come with the additional weight.  Probably as rare as hens teeth.

 

I wonder whether it would be worthwhile looking into getting one machined?

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On 15/06/2020 at 1:18 PM, sirjester said:

I bought this Kenwood 500 with a Grace 707 tonearm.

 

The Plinth and cover are in very good condition and have been well looked after.

 

The Grace arm had issues and at the end of the day I thought didn't really suit the Kenwood aesthetic.

 

So I had the ACOS GST 1 tonearm fitted and havent looked back.  

 

Interestingly the height spacer on the arm comes from an old Alpha part......

 

I think for an old girl she looks great and plays quite nicely.

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Somehow this looks very familiar. esp the Alfa spacer!

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11 hours ago, Analog Revenge said:

Somehow this looks very familiar. esp the Alfa spacer!

Lol.  It was very inventive.  The guy who did it is a genius. Wink.

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Well I trust him with my and my navigator's Life so to speak.

You have not seen my latest 1968 TT I think.

opposite to your lovely set up!

This was going inda bin before i managed to save,service, repair and rejuvenated it.

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On 15/06/2020 at 7:11 PM, KRSDarwin said:

Hi SirJester, good work on the TT.  
 

May I ask where you acquired the tonearm as I am looking for these to find the additional counterweight at the end (to replace my jury rigged counterweight).  
 

Cheers

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Hi I noticed you have the heavy Jelco headshell HS 30 i believe. Very nice
I have one carrying the DL103R in a Jelco 850S.
May i enquire what cartridge are u using and why did u decide to buy the HS30?
Ta
 

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19 hours ago, Analog Revenge said:

 

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Lovely machine. 

 

Years ago my brother had an import ST165 GT4. He also had a set of those OZ Racing wheels - very nice! 

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10 hours ago, highcut28 said:

May i enquire what cartridge are u using and why did u decide to buy the HS30?

Hi Shahrin,

 

I am using a Garrott Brothers K1 cartridge. I find the cartridge is robust, tracks well and I get a very enjoyable sound. 
 

I replaced the headshell that came with the TT with the Jelco because I was going for an older, solid, wood look.  
 

Cheers

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