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allenh last won the day on November 30 2015

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About allenh

  • Birthday 08/05/1968

Your Gear Setup

  • Turntable
    Manticore Mantra/Manticore MB6i/Manticore Magician, Pink Triangle PT1/Logic Datum II, Pink Triangle PT1/FFYX, MRM Source/Helius Scorpio III, Royce Elega/Jelco 750, Garrard 401/SME 3009imp, Garrard 401/Helius Scorpio, Sharp Optonica RP3636, Acoustic Research AR Legend/ Helius Scorpio II
  • Speakers
    Wilmslow Audio, Lumley Reference Monitor 4, Harbeth LS3/5a. Mission 720, Leak Sandwich, Mordaunt Short MS817
  • Amplifiers
    Self made Valve pre, four EL34 Monoblocks, Kinshaw perception pre, Inca Tech IT200 monoblocks. Alner Hamblin passive pre, BBC AM 4/12 monoblocks, Quad 33, 303, Talk Electronics Storm 2
  • Phono Preamps
    Two self made valve phono stages, Musical Fidelity XLPS, Emotiva XPS-1
  • Turntable Cartridge
    Sumiko BPS, Koetsu Rosewood, Grace F9-E, Grado 8MZ, Shure V15, Shure M97, Audio Technica ATOC-F9, Audio Technica AT12S, Grado FTCE, Clearaudio Aurum Beta, Ortofon FF30, Ortofon FF15, Grado GTE, Nagaoka MP10 Boron, Nagaoka MP15
  • Turntable Speed Controller / Speed Box
    Manticore MB6i
  • Interconnects/Wires
    Graves Audio Silver

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    records, hifi, old cars, most shiny stuff that sounds nice

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  1. Like the man said, rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated. Just been busy as a busy thing that's having a taxing day. Nice TT by the way, I do like a bit of Clearaudio
  2. I was going to suggest that one, I've done well with the UK version
  3. I like the look of it, I like the look of the plinth and feet and I like the idea of a 3D printed arm (got to be the future right there). I didn't take a look at the price and I haven't heard one so as to performance or value for money I haven't got a clue. But I do have to give it some points for being a Kickstarter turntable that at first glance isn't a) seeming to be trying to overcome a problem that was never a problem in the first place, b) trying to convince me that the perceived problem really really is a big problem and c) ooh look it's really cool and can play records on it's side and shit, or some other lifestyle bollocks that you just have to have because the perfectly good well proven turntable you already own is so last year Grandad (ignoring the fact that this new lifestyle inspired bollocks sounds like utter cack in comparison). So on balance like every other bit of hifi I've never owned or heard I'll reserve judgement until I can hear one.
  4. You can download a free protractor to print out from the Vinyl Engine but make sure you print out one with a ruler scale on it so you can check your print isn't resized by your printer. On any turntable there are other things to check like tracking force (which you need a scales for), anti skate (anti skate should be set roughly the same as tracking force) and VTA (vertical tracking alignment) but VTA is fixed on a Rega so that can't be your problem unless you've sent it way out with a really thick matt on your platter or similar or have an odd sized cartridge fitted which is doubtful as you bought it new.
  5. As you're in the US if going used I'd be looking at home grown i.e a Sota (preferably a sapphire) or a better AR or VPI, or if not a better Japanese table so upper end Micro Seiki or Luxman or possibly the Clearaudio that's badged as a Marantz. If you could up the budget a bit you could go with a new Funk Firm Little Pink Thing. They are fragile and quite rare in the US but sound sublime.
  6. You could try any of the Musical Fidelity phono stages, they all get a hell of a lot out of MM (they do a good job with MC as well) but make sure you can try before you buy over a decent listen as they can be a tad bright in some systems. Not sure what price and availability is like your side of the Atlantic but the V90 LPS is an absolute bargain and can be had for not a lot of money here (about £140 new) and performs way above it's price point, if you can find one an old XLPS is always a very good buy, over here anyway a good used one should be around £100 to £150. Of course if you want to spend some money you can always go for a Musical Fidelity Nu Vista at around £3300 but if that's a little high then there are another 3 or 4 in the range at prices in between.
  7. Nice range of tables and nice to see so many in use, looks a lot like my house with turntables everywhere. The feet on that Goodmans Lenco don't look exactly standard though? I had a Goodmans one in the sprung white formica plinth a little while ago and I've got one in a Leak plinth that I'm working on at the moment. Current turntable list is: Pink Triangle PT1 with FFYX arm and Grado 8MZ Pink Triangle PT1 with Logic Datum2 arm and Koetsu Rosewood Signature Garrard 401 with SME 3009 improved and Shure M97xe Garrard 401 with Helius Scorpio and Grace f9e MRM Source with Helius Scorpio 3 and Sumiko BPS Manticore Mantra/Manticore MB6i with Manticore Magician Audio Technica AT-OC9 Input Designs Kitdeck with Jelco SA250 and Shure V15III Royce Elega with Jelco SA750 and Audio Technica AT-12S Sharp Optonica RP-3636 standard arm with Nagaoka MP10 Boron London Acoustical Developments (LAD) GAJ828P with OEM Jelco SA-370 (I've got 4 of these, 2 very early and 2 later) Self made suspended DD and modified 12" ADC arm with Shure M97HE AR Legend with Helius Scorpio 2 with Grado GTE+1 AR XB with ADC LMF1 and Nagaoka MP15 Leak Lenco GL75 standard arm and Shure M75ed Goldring Lenco GL72 standard arm and Shure M55e Marantz 6170 standard arm and cartridge Marantz 6025 standard arm and Shure M55e Rotel RP-3300 standard arm and Shure M75ed All down to the Optonica and one of the LAD's are in use and there are a few more around that I'm working on like a couple of B&O music centre's, a B&O RX2 and a couple of connoisseur BD2's
  8. There's a good 50 years difference there in the drive alone so you have to give the 401 a bit of leeway but it does show you that not a huge amount has really changed in that time as far as turntables are concerned and that quality engineering will always be quality engineering. If like idlers and haven't already then try a Lenco GL75 with a half decent arm on it in a decent plinth, they used to be an absolute bargain but not anymore. This stuff is very much down to personal preference, I like the 401 and the 301 before it but I'm more of a belt drive 3 point suspended sub chassis fan. I've had the same Pink Triangle PT1 since the mid 90's and I won't change it for anything, many supposedly better tables and vastly more expensive tables have been through my hands but there is something about the way that PT1 makes music sound to my ears that I've yet to beat.
  9. No but I've had more than a few 301's and 401's and tried most types of turntable at one point or another. And records like turntables I've been at it a long time, like to try and have an open mind about sounds and can't say no to stuff so the end result will always be a big collection of both. 401's do like a good solid plinth and that one does look the part but I can't say I've heard one with an Analogue instruments arm on it, how do you find it compared to your Aura?
  10. The ones I get free work just fine but for the hell of it I'll complete my something to do with turntables on Kickstarter pass on by checklist Kickstarter.................Check Turntable....................Check Artisan.........................Check That'll be a thanks but no thanks then.
  11. Yes very sad news and a little surprising considering how the market has grown over the last 10 years but as far as replacement stylus go there's been plenty of good and in some cases great after market replacements for Shure Stylus for years.
  12. Pretty much my reaction. MC carts are generally more tonally balanced than MM carts which some people mistake for an MM cart being more detailed, this is generally an immediate impact due to the general tonal balance of an MM cart being toward the higher end of the spectrum but live with any half decent MC for a while and it's overall more balanced sound should win out with any musical type. Don't get me wrong, there are good and bad in both and to get the best out of any cartridge the rest of the system needs to be able to resolve what it gives out which is never more true of an MC cart than the tone arm it's mounted in but there is a reason the very best cartridges are all MC's and why those that are at the very top of the tree don't even bother with MM. One notable exception to not follow this is Grado but then the better Grado's are not really in either camp and I can't help thinking old Joe just wanted to plough his own furrow.
  13. Cheeky.. Plenty of modern ribbons about in fact they seem to have had a bit of a fashion comeback in recent years, go have a good listen, you won't regret it.
  14. @ajxdhave you had a good listen to anything with ribbon tweeters in? In my experience they can be a bit of an acquired taste and can sound very bright if done badly but if right I think you'll like them, their biggest plus for me is the midrange warmth they add along with the top end clarity and that allows the crossover for the bottom end to get more thought put into it.