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On 7/23/2017 at 4:17 PM, Brody said:

IMG_1102.jpgBeen building this for a few months.  Finished today.  Walnut plywood and Arm-R-Seal.  

I know this is an old post but awesome work dude, this looks slick, even if it's for more than just a few months. I also built a custom piece for my collection about two years ago and it gets hard to say goodbye when you run out of room ha. Love that you left the banding natural, nice job!

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On 7/29/2017 at 7:09 PM, rrd said:

Thanks, yeah I've been thinking about one. Any recommendations that won't break the bank?

If you're still in the market I have almost an identical setup as you (Debut III, Speed Box S, and an old 90's Marantz integrated amp). I bought the Parks Audio Budgie last year and have been nothing but satisfied with the sound. Shanon, the guy who builds all the units by hand is super helpful, and gave me some tweaks to customize the sound for my specific components. Plus the added cool-factor of the tubes glowing at night doesn't hurt, highly suggested!

 

Might be a bit on the pricey side but for what he charges it's a steal compared to a lot of other products in the same range.

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On 2/14/2018 at 7:46 AM, bluethumb said:

If you're still in the market I have almost an identical setup as you (Debut III, Speed Box S, and an old 90's Marantz integrated amp). I bought the Parks Audio Budgie last year and have been nothing but satisfied with the sound. Shanon, the guy who builds all the units by hand is super helpful, and gave me some tweaks to customize the sound for my specific components. Plus the added cool-factor of the tubes glowing at night doesn't hurt, highly suggested!

 

Might be a bit on the pricey side but for what he charges it's a steal compared to a lot of other products in the same range.

Sounds like a nice little unit, definitely ticks the boxes for what I'm looking for. I'll be saving my pennies to try and get one, thanks for the recommendation!

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On 2/14/2018 at 7:46 AM, bluethumb said:

If you're still in the market I have almost an identical setup as you (Debut III, Speed Box S, and an old 90's Marantz integrated amp). I bought the Parks Audio Budgie last year and have been nothing but satisfied with the sound. Shanon, the guy who builds all the units by hand is super helpful, and gave me some tweaks to customize the sound for my specific components. Plus the added cool-factor of the tubes glowing at night doesn't hurt, highly suggested!

 

Might be a bit on the pricey side but for what he charges it's a steal compared to a lot of other products in the same range.

First time I’ve seen a fellow Budgie user. Love mine as well. 

 

Actualy debating on on rolling the tubes just to see what happens with the sound. 

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9 hours ago, Deathbyart said:

First time I’ve seen a fellow Budgie user. Love mine as well. 

 

Actualy debating on on rolling the tubes just to see what happens with the sound. 

I've also been considering a tube upgrade as of late. I'd love to hear which tubes you are most interested in - I'm a tube noob but there are so many options and opinions out there it's tough to know what's what.

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Updates to my set-up:

Got a really good deal on these Rotel seperates, my Cambridge Audio amp was having issues with the phono stage, was told by the repair guy it would be out of action for a couple of weeks. No record playing for at least 2 weeks?! Not this kid, dropped in at a couple of hi-fi places on my way home that day and saw this lot for a really nice price, we're talking around 50% off. Had a listen and thought yep, I'll take that. 

All brand new..

Rotel RCD-630 CD Player.
Rotel RA-630 Integrated Amplifier.
Rotel RT-12 Digital Gateway.

It's not a massive leap in sound from my previous set-up, but it is a noticeable step up and seems to be getting better the more I play things. Nice to have a CD player again after years without, I would never have brought one if it wasn't such a good deal and its been fun playing a few of my old discs that I don't have on vinyl. The RT-12 is for radio and internet radio, probably won't use it too often, but as I said it was a bargain, possibly might sell. I mostly play vinyl and its sounding great in that regard.

 

I know I'm not supposed to stack things, but I'm a little short on space, everything seems to be working fine and no over heating issues, plus I have it all connected to a decent 'Monster Power" surge protector. I'll possibly get a proper rack system for it in the near future.

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