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About raye

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  • Birthday 02/02/1984

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  1. Thanks Allen -- I'll try and find some time shortly and see if I can have a play around with a few of those recommendations.
  2. Hi Allen -- thanks for those -- I'm tempted to go with speakers first, but only because I've never changed a cart before - and I'm short on time at the minute, too. I'm not particularly looking for mounts exclusively -- free-standing are fine too, if you can think of anything that's particularly impressive then I'm all ears. How would you describe the characteristics of the above speakers, and how much audible difference, in your opinion, would you say there is between those and my Wharfedales?
  3. Looking to spend anything up to £800 ish, initially. But I'm not beyond looking at £1000 plus (or £100 minus). Any speaker recommendations for sheer clarity and, well, a great sound, and I'd definitely be interested. I'll check out some of the cart recommendations too (I keep hearing good things about the Sumiko Blue).
  4. Thanks for all of the above so far -- that Dynavector sound like some serious stuff (£759 rrp in the UK, I think). Allen -- think I owe you an email/PM -- this is the first time I've been on the site in over six months (I should really set up email notifications ... I'll get around to it). Any recommendations RE new speakers (and further carts, too? I wish there was an 'easy demo' for this stuff).
  5. So I'm thinking about an upgrade. I like my system, I'm not a tinkerer, and I'm not overly interested in vintage (unless perfect working/cosmetic order) -- just a time thing, really (and a preference, I guess -- I'm a listener first, and not a hobby-er). However, the sound is kind of bright at the top end, especially when cranked. This could be down to the Wharfedales, but I'd be interested in other opinions and definitely welcome any (realistic) suggestions for upgrades. I'm happy with the amp, and the phono stage, and at this point I don't want to buy a new TT. So, I guess we're really talking about the cart or the speakers. Definitely interested in options to add dynamics, tightness, and separation (if that isn't too much of a contradiction). Set up below: Pro-ject Carbon Esprit Ortofon 2M Blue Cart Acrylic platter Cambridge 651A Musical Fidelity V90-LPS Phono Stage Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers
  6. I've just read the entire thread, looked at the pictures, and followed the link to the seller's original listing. I know we've talked about this briefly in private, but I just wanted to say that if this guy was happy to tell you that he'd listened to them, that they were in amazing condition and didn't even need cleaning (jesus ...), before you bought them or he sent them out, then you have every right to either a full refund, a partial refund, or as you suggested, a partial refund for the return of the defective records only. And the seller should most definitely cover the p+p costs. If it were me, I would insist that he does this in advance, and if he isn't willing to communicate I'd take it over to eBay and insist on the same resolution. Why should you lose out because of this joker? Seriously, it's completely unacceptable to send records out like this and list them as EX/NM, let alone PM the buyer insisting that they are, even when faced with the photos that clearly show they're not. To call the buyer a liar and a 'blackmailer' over it is just downright immature and, really, pretty devious. It sounds like he's actually trying to shift the blame onto you. He's definitely getting added to my list of 'never ever buy froms'.
  7. It's been a few days and I missed all this, but for the record (what a funny pun, eh?) Sonja was right - I didn't literally mean 'literally', it was just a casual exaggeration. Anyway, back on topic, my Pro-ject Carbon Esprit with the 2M Blue is going along just fine. The only thing I'm thinking about upgrading is the phone stage at some point - apart from that, I'm happy.
  8. Hey, no worries - I listen to a lot of stuff these days, but I grew up with bands like: Van Halen WASP Iron Maiden (I had a six year phase where I'd listen to nothing else, but it was the late nineties and there literally was nothing else, so, figures) Steve Vai Joe Satriani The Cure Megadeth The Stones Echo & The Bunnymen And a lot of 80's pop, too. How about you?
  9. Hi Sonja (or is it Chloe?), The Blue was a revelation - I never really enjoyed the Red and I wasn't sure why at first, and then I found myself listening out for the production of a record rather than the music, and to add to that it was a little boomy and took an age to wear in (IGD on female vocal tracks, especially if you're into rock/metal, was a killer). Since getting the Blue, which took no time to wear in at all, all of those issues are gone, and I'm just listening to music again. It sounds really tight compared to the Red, better bass, more defined treble and separation - only criticism is that the mids could be punchier, but it's not something I find myself wishing for really. For the extra few pounds, especially if your friend just needs the stylus and not the whole cart (as you can fit the stylus to a Red body in, like, 5 seconds), it's a no brainer. Hope this helps? Raye.
  10. It's for a good friend based in Notts, who doesn't use social media or forums. Personally, I'm keeping my Red as a back up ... just in case.
  11. Brand new, tested, with around ten hours on the clock. Original packaging. Please note: this isn't mine, so beyond the above I have no idea of the details. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271972790209?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  12. raye

    ******** The EBAY Thread ********

    ORTOFON 2M Red Stylus, new and tested (got about ten hours break in time on it, but completely imaculate and in original packaging - bought about a month ago). Starting price at £40. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271967746943?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  13. There's always the chance that it could somehow be a defective table. It's the only thing no-one has mentioned yet so I'll throw it out there and hope it helps. I have a Pro-ject and haven't had one single problem with skipping or hum as a lot of people report. May be worth contacting your dealer and just checking?
  14. SOLVED. New stylus arrived and the difference was obvious straight away: greater output volume, deeper and more controlled bass (than the Red), more definition and detail between instruments, and a better tone and timbre on strung instruments and high vocals. It also dials down the Red's annoying brightness on the high hats, so I'm no longer reaching for the treble just to try to control it.