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Everything posted by allenh

  1. Thats a bad ground, when you touch the arm you ground it so that's used as a test to diagnose if the problem is in the turntable or the amp. Either your existing ground is bad somewhere between the headshell and the amp, check and tighten any grounds before you go any further
  2. These things are not made to be taken apart or repaired unfortunately, if you could find someone willing to look at it chances are replacing it with something better would be a much cheaper option.
  3. In the spirit of finding old stuff I picked this Yamaha TC-1000 up at a bootfair last week for £5. I know it's only a two head but it's sounds superb, is immaculate and I think I've only ever seen two for sale before and this is the first one I've seen in the flesh
  4. @yanquiuxo Nice Marantz, you need the turntable and tape deck to go with it now and that era of Marantz always do sound nice, the balance control should be replaceable with a bit of searching but the knob for it might be hard to find.
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    Orbit Basic vs. Plus

    Yep that and acrylic platter, I can't see any valid reason for not buying the plus if you can afford it so stop mucking about and buy the thing. Aso avoid admitting to owning a Crosley at any time, "I started out with a vintage table that crapped out on me" always sounds much better.
  6. You could try a mains conditioner but it's grounding somewhere, I expect you've tried all the obvious but you could try running an extra ground between the pyle and your pc case, pc power supplies can be noisy but it's most lielely going to be a case of trial and error to see what causes it and if you can remove it. Unplug the table from the pyle and see if it still does it, if so buy a better phono stage, if not the arms internal wiring is a possibility but it could be anywhere in that chain. You could also try switching of the breaker for your lighting circuit off if it's a separate circuit from the power to see if it is the dimmer or fan that are causing it Other than that
  7. I don't think this has been posted but if it has apologies. I've just been given a Universal Music flyer for RSD 2016 and on the back page are forthcoming vinyl releases, one of which being Hot Fuss being re issued on the 10th of June this year. The flyer does say availability and dates subject to change so there is always that caveat and I have no idea if this is a UK only thing but I wouldn't have thought so. No more info than that so I will do some more digging and if anyone else has any info please share. I'm also very surprised it wasn't an RSD release
  8. @ADZG That's a perfectly good starting point equipment wise and if I were being totally critical I would say the turntable is the weakest link in the chain but still more than good enough to start with. If you do buy that set of kit make sure you get the dealer to turn off the phono stage inside the Audio Technica as the one inside the Yamaha will be better. Vinyl storage wise you are pretty much correct and I wouldn't worry too much about the heat, direct sunlight is much more of a problem. I like many others use the Kallax from Ikea which was the successor to the Expedit, the squares are roughly 13" so ideal for vinyl
  9. Ordered thanks, I was looking for something else to order from UO to make the shipping to the UK less wallet busting.
  10. allenh

    The Third Man Records Thread

    I've been getting them since number 1 and I've only ever been charged customs on a vault package once and was reimbursed that by Third Man in the way of discounts
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    The Third Man Records Thread

    Not yet but tracking said mine was in the UK late last week so I'm expecting it pretty soon.
  12. There are so many unsaid jokes about flipping it over there I really don't know where to start.
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    Stanton T.62 stylus

    There are copy stylus available for the Stanton 500 and these really cheap ones are fine for listening but I wouldn't trust them for any DJ related use, it's probably the quickest and easiest option for you though. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stanton-Replacement-Stylus-6-29-for-500-505-Others-FREE-POST-Brand-New-6-29-/272810774702?epid=1342013396&hash=item3f84ca10ae:g:3agAAOSwAPVZMXtc You could easily change the cartridge and there is a huge choice out there but if your asking the question I'm guessing it's something you haven't done before so do some research and make sure you are comfortable working with small fiddly and fragile things before you start plus make sure you understand what is needed to set your table up for a different cartridge, tracking force, anti skate etc. Also with your table as it has a straight arm with a straight headshell table I wouldn't get anything that doesn't have a conical stylus tip because getting anything other than a conical stylus to track properly will be fun. Pretty much all carts designed for DJ use have a conical stylus.
  14. I caved, went into my local shop this morning, he had them there and one sort of left with me
  15. Same here, shipping confirmation a day or so ago and then the wait for it to cross the Atlantic. The question is can I stop myself buying a regular copy before my black on black shows up?
  16. Mine arrived today and I'm listening to it now. Very pleased, nice package and a nice pressing.
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    Is dead format.........dead?

    yep I can agree with that, it took a some reading of the help files to work some of it out when I first started uploading my collection, no there really isn't a lot of help from people and you can get the anal types nit picking when you do make a mistake but I think the end result is worth the work when you get the hang of it
  18. In my AV setup I've got one of your amps bigger brothers but my front speakers basically negate the need for a sub for audio and I run mine in proper 2ch only mode so L and R front speakers only and nothing else when I do put a record on through it. There is a sub in the system which does run when needed in all the AV modes but for audio use it does nothing and I have a mode that is just 2ch without the sub. The front speakers and the amplifier were selected with 2ch audio in mind with my logic being unless its Mono the music was encoded in Stereo and I want to remove as many of my amps electronic processing functions for listening to audio as possible which means all the other channels and all their processing serve only as a hindrance. So while it will never be proper 2ch HiFi it does do a pretty good job especially with Yamaha being a HiFi manufacturer 1st and an AV manufacturer 2nd. With others I've tried it doesn't make much of a difference when trying to use them for audio or AV but people like Rotel, Yamaha and to a slightly lesser extent Pioneer seem to do a much better job of making an amp that works for AV and is usable for HiFi.
  19. They are both very different takes on the same thing. I've heard the Rega but not the Rogue and great as the Rega is I would expect the Rogue to have the edge in that system but don't take that as a recommendation its just an educated guess. As @Tardcore says your dealer should be able to demo them for you and at that level ideally let you take them home and try them in your system but yes please let us know how you get on as I'd be interested to know as well
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    Is dead format.........dead?

    Yes I add them to the database and I also do for variants that I find, I know some of the people on there can be more than a little pedantic about the rules but if you don't add them they won't be on there. And better to add them badly rather than not at all. Test pressings and white labels can be a problem because they are not always the same thing with white labels often being promo's rather then test pressings so there can be a lot of discussion about that.
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    Is dead format.........dead?

    That's exactly what I did and mine was at quite a few more than that when I first started putting them on, it took a long time but as you say I did it whilst listening to music and it was a good way of working through things I hadn't listened to in a while. Also you get quicker at it as you go.
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    Is dead format.........dead?

    Same here, I also sort with a folder for linked artists so I will have a folder for the major band and then all side projects and solo things can be grouped under the same folder. Just click on the headers and it will sort it in whichever column you've clicked on and the direction of sort you choose. Also yes it should be the exact variant if the user has catalogued their collection properly.
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    Is dead format.........dead?

    The same, I tried DF a long time ago and probably because I'd already uploaded my collection to discogs and was used to it and so found DF to be difficult to use. My collection when I loaded it all onto Discogs was somewhere around 6500 Albums, it's somewhere around 8800 now and I have absolutely no problem browsing through it, in fact I used the app today on my phone to stop me buying something I already had which was no problem to find at all. The other thing with Discogs is that I can download a csv file of my collection, wantlist, tradelist etc. etc and use them in a spreadsheet how ever I want. I know you can bulk upload things for sale so you might be able to do the same with a csv file of your collection from google docs if the columns are ordered correctly. Much like mobile phones or a lot of computer software I think its probably a case of whatever you used first is going to be what you are used to and anything else is just wrong.
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    Marantz TT140 worth $25?

    """"Long winded waffle warning, if you can't be arsed to read please skip past""""" Each to their own and new doesn't always mean good nor does old but good engineering will always be good engineering regardless of it's age. What has happened is that manufacturing consistency for the middle ground has improved so it's cheaper for manufacturers to make good margins in this part of the market, but for a lot of equipment and especially turntables the majority of the tables bought today are very closely based on those designed and built in the 70's. The good thing is that if you are in the market for usable low to mid end HiFi today then there is a lot of good stuff about but it's still very easy to beat that same equipment with well maintained kit from a long time ago for the same or less money if you do your research. I fully understand why some prefer to take new over old and can see why if you have had bad experiences with vintage, are not happy to take the risk with something that's been around for 40 years plus still working as it should, are happy to pay the premium for new, just like new over old or take in what the advertising and paid for reviews tell you, that's fine but don't discount something just because it's not new. In that respect I'm lucky that I have a wide engineering background and am happy to restore things which also gives me an appreciation into the engineering that goes in to all HiFi old and new. It can of course just be personal preference, I say it a lot but at the upper end of the market it stops being about better or worse and more about different, it just depends which different you prefer. Getting a good sound isn't primarily about how much money you spend or having to have the newest thing out there, it's about getting the basics right and making sure all the bits you have work well with each other. Like I say the only consistent really big improvement in hifi over the last 40 years has been in speakers which is mostly because really good speakers were very hard to get 40 years ago """Long winded waffle over please return to your earlier conversation""""
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    Need help with my turntable

    It might not be the case with yours but a common speed control problem with a lot of DJ derived turntables is that the speed control slider fails which then gives very inconsistent speed control. I'ts certainly a very common problem with the SL1200 and I've repaired quite a few in that way over the years quite an easy repair but the QFO LE looks quite a different beast to work on.